Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Pomona’s very own “Sugar” ShaneMosley squared off against Nicaragua’s Ricardo Mayorga in the featured 12-round contest which was fought at 154-pounds.
The fight got off to an ugly start with both fighters throwing wild punches throughout most of the first round. The fighters both settled down in the second round, as they each began to get a little more tactical.
While Mayorga looked to be landing the better shots early in the fight, Mosley began to turn things around in the fourth and continued on throughout the remainder of the fight.
While there might have been a round or two – maybe three – that might have went in favor of Mayorga, the fight – along with the crowd – belonged to Mosley. The 37-year-old battled his way tried to give the crowd something to remember, and he did just that! With the fight winding down, Mosley sent Mayorga down with a combination with just a few seconds left in the contest. Mayorga had enough in him to get back to his feet, but at 2:59 of the final round Mosley landed one more left hook; this one put Mayorga down and out.
Another incredible and memorable victory for one of the best fighters of this generation, as Shane Mosley improves to 45-5, 38 KOs. The always game Mayorga was once again game, and once again in a losing effort. And for his effort, Mayorga falls to 29-7.
After the 11th round, the judges at ringside at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., had the fight scored:
105-104 Mayorga – Pat Russell
105-104 Mosley – Nelson Vasquez
107-102 Mosley – Tony Crebs
RICARDO MAYORGA (Post-fight quotes taken in the ring): “I was proud of the way Shane fought, like a true champion. He didn’t run. I thought I was doing well in the fight, and I came out to win it in the last round, but Shane caught me.
“I will tell that he hit harder than I thought he would.”
In the co-feature, welterweights Stevie Forbes and Andre Berto displayed a combination of speed and defense, as they fired some heavy shots throughout the 12 round contest.
Forbes looked really good for the first 2 rounds, but once Berto began getting comfortable it was all Andre Berto.
Berto cruised along winning most of the rounds with his exceptional hand speed while firing some very nice combinations to the body and head of Forbes.
The verdict came in in favor of Andre Berto by unanimous decision with the scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111 – he improves his record to 23-0, 19KOs. Forbes, who had been talking about possibly retiring if he lost, falls to 33-7.
Former WBA Welterweight title-holder Luis Collazo scored a TKO in the eight round over Russell Jordan to improve his record to 29-3 with 14KOs. Official time of stoppage was 2:28 of round 8.
Undefeated middleweight Craig McEwan improved his record to 12-0 with an 8 round unanimous decision victory over Hilario Lopez who falls to 10-6, 7KOs.
Ray Austin improved to 25-4-4, 16KOs by scoring a less-than-impressive unanimous decision over Dominic Jenkins. Jenkins falls to 13-10-1, 6KOs.