Shane Mosley To Retire From Boxing

Shane Mosley, last fought in May of 2016 in a loss to David Avanesyan, has officially announced his retirement. The 45 year old Mosley at age 45 told ESPN that he is hanging it up after a 23-year pro boxing career.

“I decided that I’m older now. I’m not the same as I used to be, so I need to let it go as far as me trying to compete as a fighter anymore,” Mosley told ESPN. “I’m definitely always going to be around boxing. I’ll still go to the gym and show people stuff, help them out. I still love boxing. It’s still my life but just not as a fighter anymore.”

Mosley first retired five years ago when he turned 40 following a devastating defeat to Canelo Alvarez. Yet in 2013, Mosley went to Mexico to defeat Pablo Cesar Cano, and suffered another loss in Australia in November. A month later Mosley would retire once again.

Yet, in August 2015 Mosley knocked out an out of shape Ricardo Mayorga in a rematch of their 2008 battle, and defeated Patrick Lopez in December of that year. The final nail came in the aforementioned loss to Avanesyan in an interim WBA welterweight title fight.

Recently, Mosley had intended to fight Magomed Kurbanov in Russia, but injuries pushed the fight back, and ultimately canceled it.

“What happened was my arm is breaking down, my knees, shoulders,” he said. “My back is starting to break down. My body is telling me I’m older and I can’t do it at 100 percent. I can’t see myself fighting again. I’d have to say I’m retired.”

Mosley’s career was defined in 2000 and 2003, when he beat Oscar De La Hoya in a pair of controversial decisions. He also scored a notable upset in 2009 against Antonio Margarito, where he was considered washed up after his poor showing his first time against Mayorga.

 Mosley’s win over Margarito lead to an anticipated showdown with Floyd Mayweather, where he hurt Mayweather early before being dominated the rest of the bout

After losing to Mayweather, Mosley began a slide that featured  a draw with Sergio Mora in September 2010, then lost badly to Manny Pacquiao in 2011.

Original Story: Bad Left Hook

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