THE top flight career of Shane Mosley is surely over after he was stopped in the sixth round by Anthony Mundine, 38, inside the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The 42-year-old veteran looked a far cry from his glory days and was complaining of a back injury at the close of the fourth.
"The referee noticed I wasn't bobbing and weaving," explained Mosley about his demise. "It developed during the fight. I felt that I was behind and he was outpointing me but I still felt I had a puncher's chance. In the end, I couldn't move."
The American, who was paid a handsome $1million for his outing, had some success in the second round when he fired his jab to the naturally bigger Mundine's body. He landed a decent right in the third, and another in the fourth. Otherwise, it was all Mundine, who used his size, jab, and comparative youth to outbox the storied star.
"He's one of the best fighters who ever lived and this is not the way he wanted to go out," Mundine said respectfully. "He wobbled me one time and we were wary of his right hand but I was in control all the time. I was in that killer mode, though and I was fighting hard."
The pair both ruled out a rematch in the immediate aftermath.