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Shane Mosley Jr. Makes Pro Debut


By Bill Tibbs

Shane Mosley Jr. will make his professional debut today at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. The UniMas-televised card will also feature undefeated Jose Zepeda, 19-0 (16), out of LaPuente, California, going up against veteran Rob Frankel, 32-14-1 (6), of Denver, Colorado. Also seeing action is undefeated Riverside, California featherweight Saul Rodriguez, 12-0-1 (9), and unbeaten Chicago light heavyweight Trevor McCumby, 14-0 (11), among others. The Top Rank Promotions card, titled “Boxing by the Beach,” will see the son of ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley debut in a four-round bout that will kickstart a career that will certainly be under the microscope based on his surname alone.

The 6’0” middleweight doesn’t have an extensive amateur career to draw upon but he has been around the sport his whole life and began to box seriously at age 16. He has also had great ring experience working with top fighters in the ring at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California along with sparring sessions against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Encouraged by his father, he decided to turn to the professional ranks as opposed to languishing in the amateurs with the hope of making an Olympic run that would take a couple more years. Mosley certainly has the support of family as his grandfather, Jack has been training fighters for close to four decades and his Hall of Fame-bound father, Shane Sr. is a three-time world champion and former pound-for-pound great. If he can emulate even some of the speed, skill, mobility and toughness his father carried into the ring in an outstanding 47-9-1 (39) career, Shane Jr. will see a lot of success as he progresses.
However, like many fighters who are the offspring of well-known boxers, he wants to carve out his own path and make his own legacy in the sport. Shane Jr., who will have his famous father in the corner with him on fight night, said in a recent interview, “I’m not my father and I’m not fighting to be like him.” Mosley Jr. obviously wants to forge his own identity and make his own name regardless of the recognizable former world champion working his corner, who looks like a (very slightly) older version of him. And while it’ll be hard not to be compared to Dad, taking a little of Pops into the ring might not be a bad thing. Any fighter with a little bit of Shane Mosley in him is a good thing. The first step starts tonight.
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