Saturday, February 25, 2006

Mosley stops Vargas: Swollen eye shuts down 'Ferocious' Fernando

By JE Grant

LAS VEGAS --- “Sugar” Shane Mosley, 42-4 (36 KOs), La Verne, Calif., 152, scored a tenth round stoppage of fellow former 154 pound titlist Fernando Vargas, 26-3 (22 KOs), Oxnard, Calif., 153 ½, based on a grossly swollen left eye as determined by referee Joe Cortez.

The contest between two of the sport’s stars lived up to the hype of the pay-per-view event – a rarity in the sport today.

As predicted, Mosley started quickly landing sharp right hands in round one. Early in the opening round, in fact, it appeared that a Mosley right caused a small mouse to appear over Vargas’ left eye.

The snapping rights, preceded by peppering left jabs gained the busier and more accurate Mosley the first three stanzas. Although Mosley’s shots did not appear to shake his younger opponent, he had enough zip to keep the bigger man from mounting a sustained attack.

“Ferocious” Fernando’s heavy hands began to land with authority in round four and he was able to push and punch his way to captured the fourth and fifth.

Mosley’s speed began dictating the fight in the sixth. Realizing Vargas was the stronger of the two, Sugar Shane kept distance with jabs mixed with right hands that Vargas could not stop.

In rounds six through nine, Mosley was in charge, though a hustling Vargas may have had the edge in round seven.

Beginning in round seven, the swelling over Vargas’ left eye increased significantly.

Between the ninth and tenth rounds, referee Joe Cortez conferred with the ringside physician and members of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The content of their discussion became clear when, at 1:22 of the tenth, Cortez stepped between the combatants after Mosley landed near the eye. At the time of the stoppage the eye was essentially closed and had swollen to grapefruit proportions.

Mosley was ahead on two of the three scorecards at the time of the stoppage. JEBoxing scored the bout 87-84 for Mosely through nine rounds.

Both fighters will likely continue their fistic careers with Mosley moving to welterweight.

Clearly Vargas lost much more than a single bout. He is now out of contention for meeting De La Hoya or the alphabet titleholders.


Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Yep JE.Refer to my post in the Vargas-Mosley fight below.It was a pretty good fight (I had it 86-85 for Mosley at the stoppage.) But hey,it was a legit defeat for Fernando,and a good win for Shane.Outside of a possible rematch (???) I think Fernando goes up to 160 now...

9:51 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Actually I would suggest to him that perhaps SUPER middleweight is his best weight. I think his tremendous weight fluctuations are aiding in prematurely aging him. Of course all those tough fights early didn't help........

10:03 PM  
Anonymous The Cruiserweight said...

Well,absolutely true JE.But SUPER Middle??? No,no,no.160 is where he belongs.That being said,Taylor and Abraham both beat him there,as does Sturm!Hey,Vargas-at this stage-is a good B-level 154-160 pounder.And Mosley a 147-154 one.So where does this leave Vargas???

A rematch with Mosley at 154,or bring on Peter Manfredo at 160!!! (Confused gasps and nervous chuckles from the gallery!) Is this guy serious on the latter??? YES!! He is! Trust me,it would be a good fight,and with the proper promotional and marketing/advertsing slant,make some money!

12:48 AM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Cruiser, I love the idea of Manfredo fighting Vargas. Another past his prime hard-nosed fighter for Manfredo to put on his list. To help build his rep, and give the contender some credibility.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well Orltroy,I'm glad somebody sees the the light.Why is it that NOBODY has mentioned this fight??? I mean,I have a bit of an advertising/marketing background,and am SOMEWHAT of an 'entrepreneur',I see a damn good fight,and $$$ here! I mean,wer'e all three intelligent individuals (I'm not quite 'genius level' on the IQ test,but on the 'gifted level',and yes,you two are a tad bit more educated than I,but...LOL!)

Hey,let's promote this thing,huh!!!???


10:02 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

I am actually willing to go into the promotions part of boxing. Problem is I am still in residency, that means I make a lot less the both of you. Plus I still have to pay off laons, forever! However, Scott Hirsch might be the path I take into boxing management and promotions. We'll see.

1:39 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

I'm not as confident in Manfredo's ability against a top guy like Vargas. I think he may be in over his head in that one.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well,you may be right JE,but...You may not be.I'm not so sure I would call Vargas 'top-level' anymore,and Manfredo-at 25-has improved with Roach and may be at or near his peak.Do I see a (legit,undisputed) world title in his future at 160 or 168? No,probably not.But then again--ditto for Vargas. :-)

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vargas is done at the top.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

What do you think about the rematch JE? (Surprised me a bit) I still think Vargas should be at 160,but I give him a real chance in the rematch.I had the fight dead-even up until the last two rounds,when FV's eye was closed and Shane started teeing-off.

6:20 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

There's going to be a rematch???

6:47 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well,I HEARD that it is official,but have heard no official confirmation,if you know what I mean (lol.) July 15th is the reported date.I wouldn't make Vargas anything more than a slight underdog here.And hey,I thought it was a pretty entertaining fight! While Vargas is really pushing the envelope in continuing to 'suck down' to 154 (ala Gatti at 140.) Mosley is really 'playing with fire' being at 154 IMO.He should clearly be at 147,and it showed at times in that fight.Even though he won.

P.S-Speaking of 147 and Gatti--don't look now,but I think Gatti may beat Baldomir!

11:03 PM  

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