SHANE MOSLEY INTERVIEW
By Tom Watt on Sept 7 2014
"I see a lot of similarities with me and my son. I mean he's a little different from how I was but you know, he has great power, he has good speed, he has good movement and he has a good chin - and that's all the attributes you need to be an exciting and great fighter"
When asked about a potential comeback, Mosley was happy to toy with the notion of getting back in the ring and wouldn't rule out a return to the squared circle - with a fight at 147 seeming most likely.
"You never know, if the right opponent comes along, I don't' feel a day over 25, I feel good, I'm still sparring with my son's sparring partners and some top guys. But a comeback would be at 147, it wouldn't be bigger than that as I'm really a smaller guy
I think that if I came back at the proper weight, at 147 which is more my natural weight....so maybe if I do comeback, it would be at that lighter weight. But I have no rush or need to do anything,- only if it's the right fight."
Mosley had recently accepted the ALS Ice bucket challenge from GoldenBoy CEO, Oscar De La Hoya, who had challenged the very short list of people that had ever beaten him the ring (Mosley being the only man to have done so twice). Shane took to Twitter to challenge anyone that thought they could beat him in the ring, although denied having a particular fighter that he was hoping would accept.
"No it was nobody in particular, you know it was just a fun little thing, I had to the do the ALS ice challenge and like I said, if the right opponent comes along, the right challenge and people would like to see it then yeah. There's people out there that are my age, people like Juan Manuel Marquez and a few others so maybe I can get back in there and do it. I'm not saying him in particular but just saying there's guys out there that could be good fights for me."
The desire to comeback is something almost every boxer faces, it's a yearning desire to compete and to be the best that drives them, and this is something that Shane had in abundance in a child, stating his ambitions from a very early age.
"My mother originally sent me off with father to burn some energy off in the gym and I liked it, the one-on-one competition and I felt as a young kid that nobody could beat me one-on-one, So I said, this is the sport that I'm going to pick up because I believe that nobody can beat me one-on-one. In my mind I believe I can beat anybody
Actually, when I was 10 years old I told my my parents, my mum and dad, that I would become World Champion. That I would be great. And like I said, I didn't think anybody could beat me one-on-one. At 15 I was fighting guys that were 32 years old, beating them in the nationals - my father put my age up so I could go to the nationals in 88. So I was fighting in the preliminaries against guys from the Navy, the Army, they were a lot older and I was knocking them out. So at a young age, I believed I was going to be World Champion, I believed I was going to be one of the greats"
I was eager to find out if Shane had set himself many milestones on his way to the top of the Boxing World, and to find out how he focused on becoming a World Champion.
"I just took it as it came, you know a lot of times it seemed there were a lot obstacles put in my way. Well I don't care if these obstacles are put in the way, I'm just going to knock the wall down - keep winning, keep knocking people out and they'd have to give me my dues."
And that first World title would prove to be one of the sweeter moments in Sugar Shane's career.
"Winning my first World Title I was really sick because of having too much creatine but I fought a great fight, the guy didn't lay a hand on me, I out-punched him, out-jabbed him out-moved him and I won my first World Title and that has stood out to me for a long time - because that's my first World Title." - And it wouldn't be his last - Shane eventually held titles at Lightweight and Super-Welterweight and was the Ring Magazine's P4P best fighter in the world in 2000 and 2001.
It was clear from our chat that 'Sugar' Shane Mosley is not finished with boxing - whether that be a return to the ring for himself or through training and mentoring his son, Shane Jr. - Either way, he can count on the support of the boxing community as one of it's most affable and well-liked men. And should he come back, there will be no shortage of opponents in the talent-rich 147 division and there will be no shortage of interest should a name like Mosley be dangled in front of them. We shall have to wait to find out for now.
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