February 17, 2009

EVEN CEMENT CAN'T STOP HIM:

Sugar Shane takes shine off Golden Boy: After yet another remarkable performance, Sugar Shane Mosley deserves to be hailed as a boxing great (Kevin Mitchell, 1/29/09, Guardian Sports Blog)

The most encouraging development in boxing for a long time has been the revival of the welterweight division, historically the sport's best showcase for speed, skill and power. And at the top of the pile is a remarkable fighter, Sugar Shane Mosley.

Down the years, a lot of good judges have rated Oscar De La Hoya a better fighter than Mosley, which has always struck me as perverse. After recent events, not so many of them are still blinded by the Golden Boy's aura.

For a start, we ought to be talking about De La Hoya in the past tense as a boxer since Manny Pacquiao so comprehensively exposed his late-career pretensions in December, while Sugar Shane, two years older at 37, last Saturday night returned to the form that inspired his one-time trainer, the late Eddie Futch, to compare him favourably with Sugar Ray Robinson.

At the Staples Center, in the ring where he and De La Hoya opened the arena nine years ago, Mosley did such a total number on the tough Mexican Antonio Margarito, seven years his junior, that he had ringside commentators putting his name alongside those of the great welterweights. His time had come. Again.


Because the folks who run boxing are such morons, good fights are almost never on broadcast tv, so I'd read about Sugar Shane but never seen him fight. But the encomiums after his latest bout were so generous I found a torrent of that one and of Related articles by Zemanta

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