Before this fight took place all the so called experts had
written off Cruz as a "slow as molasses in January" fighter
who had no chance against Shane and this fight was going to
be quick. When asked what we could expect to see in his
upcoming fight, Mosley told Boxing2005, and I quote, "You
are all in for a treat!" Based on his performance Saturday
night, we are all still waiting for our treat, and all you
so called experts aren’t as smart as you think you are
because even though "Chelin" is admittedly slow, he gave
Shane everything he could handle and more, contrary to all
my esteemed peers predictions.
The spin-doctors were out in rare form after the fight
claiming that Shane has now proven that he is ready for the
next step up the ladder in the 147-pound division. Really?
Do you really think the boxing public is that blind? If
Shane takes that performance into the ring against any of
the top dogs at 147 he is in very big trouble.....PERIOD!
Margarito and Judah would pose a real problem for Shane
right now, let's face it, Mosley’s return to 147 is not very
impressive. If Cruz is as bad as you all say,and said
throughout the broadcast, then what the heck can be said for
From the very first round it was apparent that Shane still
was not the fighter he once was, and if this was the best he
could do against a fighter every one said he was going to
embarrass, then he was in for a long night!
The second round did not give any indication that the
blinding hand speed and combos were going to appear and with
a couple of uncalled for whacks to Mosley after the bell,
Cruz showed he was not going to be intimidated by the ex
"Chelin" may not have been winning of these early rounds but
he was certainly winning over the fans that were cheering
for the underdog with loud chants of "Mexico!" After an
unintentional head butt the cheers got louder fir Cruz and
again, Mosley did not win this round on all 3 judges cards
as one saw Cruz taking this one, this was in no way an
overwhelming performance, much less a "treat".
Over the next couple of rounds Shane is in control but
he appeared hesitant at times, almost afraid to trade during
others. Chelin is doing everything he can to get after Shane
and although he is having trouble catching him, he is
throwing punches and making Shane work, this fight is at the
midpoint and the tough Mexican is still here making a fight
I want everyone who said Shane proved himself to be back in
the thick of the welterweight picture to take a good hard
look at the closing five rounds. If you can make an argument
for Shane being one of the 147-pound elite, well frankly
put, you would be dead wrong! Don't take my word for it,
look at the official scorecards, (no, not Harold Ledermans,
he has no idea what he is talking about). Two judges saw the
last 5 rounds a slim 3 rounds to 2 in favor of Mosley. And
hold on to your hats boxing fans, one judge saw Chelin
winning 4 of the last 5 rounds and that is not as far
fetched as the 3 stooges in the HBO booth want you to
Shane looked flat out awful in the seventh round, to the
point of being scared! Shane is tired and swollen and with "Chelins"
bravado cry to Shane to "COMEON", no one is mistaking Cruz
for a fighter who is in fear.
In the final couple of rounds it would be safe to say that "Chelin"
needs a KO to win and he was doing his best to get one. Cruz
wobbled Mosley as well as anyone has in the last rounds, but
no one has mentioned that...until now.
Mosley lost the 10th and final round straight across the
board, all judges gave it to Cruz! This was no way to close
the show for someone trying to make an argument for his
place on top.
Cruz deserved to raise in hands in victory at the end of
this one, if for no other reason that he proved every single
one of the media wrong, and in doing so has absolutely
nothing to be ashamed of. On the other hand, Shane does!
It's not likely, but hopefully one of his clingers on will
set Shane aside and tell him the truth about this fight and
how he really performed.
I am not a big punchstats guy but.....Cruz threw 738 punches
to Mosley’s 452. When do you remember Shane getting
outworked in any fight? I'll tell you when, it was in the
fights he lost!
As the fighters left the arena the fans were cheering Cruz
and congratulating him on his gutty performance. As Shane
left the joint most were badgering the fighter, telling him
he is not the fighter he once was. ( That's paraphrased, you
don't want to know what they were really saying!)
The one chant that really got my attention was coming from
someone in Shane’s personal entourage. As they were exiting
the building the Mosley team member was yelling, "He's Back!
He's Back," stealing a line from The Poltergeist Movies.
That was the perfect line to use, because the Shane I saw on
Saturday night is merely a ghost of the great fighter he