'The Man' Mundine's shock defeat of Shane Mosley
Anthony 'The Man' Mundine makes history, becoming the first man to stop Shane 'Sugar' Mosley with a technical knock-out in Round 6. Nine News.PT0M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yb0v 620 349 November 28, 2013
Anthony Mundine has succeeded where Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather jnr and Oscar de la Hoya did not.
Mundine knocked out, technically speaking, Shane Mosley, becoming the first man in history to do so.
The American superstar was unable to come out for the seventh round due to severe back spasms.
TKO: Anthony Mundine lands a left on Shane Mosley. Photo: Getty Images
The fight stopped prematurely, but the way the bout was progressing, there is every chance the result could have been the same had it gone the distance.
All three judges had Mundine ahead on points - two scored it 58-56, the other 60-55.
Mosley revealed it was not a pre-existing injury and that, despite being the overwhelming favourite, was behind on points when the doctor prematurely brought an end to proceedings. In the moments after the fight, he admitted he was unsure whether this would be the end of a glittering but fading career.
Anthony Mundine v Shane Mosley
Anthony Mundine walks to the ring. Photo: Getty Images
Mundine talked up the prospect of a knockout. In the early exchanges this appeared highly unlikely. It was a case of the 38-year-old being stalked by the 42-year-old.
Mosley didn't take long to show his hand. The future Hall of Famer constantly peppered Mundine's body.
"Hit that body, he doesn't like that," was the constant call from an entourage that included his father and trainer, Jack.
Occasionally, as he did with two crisp right hands in an even third round, Mundine answered.
There was plenty of heavyweight NRL support for Mundine. Nathan Merritt, Todd Carney, Matt Cooper, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou ... there hasn't been this much rugby league talent outside of a courtroom all preseason.
Midway through the fourth, they came alive. The former Dragon connected with a stunning right hand. Mosley was hurt. Stunned, the American superstar played the role of the footballer, tackling Mundine in a desperate attempt to recover.
If it was unclear who the crowd was rooting for when the boxers entered the ring it, from that moment it was apparent they were after a hometown decision.
After the fifth, Mosley told his corner his back was tight. He went out for one more but that was where it ended.
Another Mundine fight left punters, at least the few who paid to attend Sydney's Allphones Arena, feeling empty.
In contests such as these, the hungrier competitor usually prevails. At the weigh-in, this was clearly Mundine.
After dropping the best part of 20 kilograms from his league playing weight, he looked gaunt. But he showed impressive power, although it's unclear how much and how early Mosley's injury hampered him.
"I want to take my hat off to Shane; he's a warrior," Mundine said.
"He's one of the best fighters that ever lived. No matter what you say, he's not just going to punk out over something stupid.
"Obviously back spasms got him, and I'm just happy with the victory. I just want to try to fight the best fighters."
Mundine said he believed the win would give him the international fame he craved.
"There will be interest with me beating Shane obviously on an international scale because Shane is who Shane is," he said.
"I reckon [he is] one of the best top five pound-for-pound fighters of the last century. It was hard putting it on him but I was in that killer mode."
Asked about a rematch, Mosley said: "If I was him I'd want to face some of the up and coming fighters and get his name across America."
It wouldn't be a Mundine fight night without drama. Despite concerns there could be a late walkout, all of the boxers on the card arrived at Allphones Arena.
Unfortunately, their gloves did not. The leather eventually arrived but the delay meant an undercard bout was held after the main event.