THREE veteran fighters, all well into their forties, are set to box in August. “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga will clash on August 29 in Los Angeles in a rematch of their exciting 2008 contest, while James Toney will return to action on August 8 in St. Louis when he will meet little known heavyweight Charles Ellis.
The Toney fight may well fly largely under the radar, noticed only by a limited number of fans, but the Mosley-Mayorga return might attract a fair amount of attention. Toney, who turns 47-years of age on August 24, last boxed in the 2013 edition of Prizefighter, losing in the semi-final to Jason Gavern. “Lights Out” looked terrible that night in London and it was hoped by many that the former great would finally see sense and retire.
Instead, some 21-months on from his UK debut, Toney will meet Ellis. Ellis is no spring chicken at age 40, yet he has had just 13 pro bouts; losing three and drawing one. Loser of his last two, with Ellis’ last bout taking place in December of last year, the 6’5” journeyman from Kansas may still trouble Toney with his size. Toney, 76-9-3(46) has not looked good for quite a few years now.
As for Mosley and Mayorga, these two have also seen better days. In his last fight, back in November of 2013, Mosley was halted for the first time in his illustrious career. Retiring in the corner after the sixth-round against Anthony Mundine in Mundine’s homeland of Australia, Mosley then announced his retirement from the sport. Now, at age 42 and with a 47-9-1(39) record, he is set to return against Nicaraguan wild man Mayorga.
Mayorga, is 41-years-old and, following a 12th-round TKO loss to Miguel Cotto in 2011, he returned to the ring last year. Winning two bouts against so-so opposition, Mayorga fought well over the middleweight limit on both occasions. The return with Mosley is scheduled to take place at light-middleweight, but it remains to be seen if Mayorga – famous for smoking cigarettes and guzzling beer even when in training – can get down that low.
Mosley and Mayorga put on a memorable fight back in 2008. Narrowly ahead on two of the judges’ cards going into the 12th and final round, Mosley scored a sensational stoppage with just one-second remaining in the fight. Mayorga called for a rematch almost instantly and now, seven years on, he has his wish.
However, how much either man has left now, and what kind of a fight Mosley and Mayorga are capable of putting on, is anyone’s guess. Shane Mosley Junior will also appear on the card.