Mosley-Mayweather would be sweet

Jan 26, 2010 5:03 PM
But don’t rely on Floyd to make it easy

The choice is "woulda, coulda, shoulda" or a discussion of the relative merits of Gabriel Campillo and Beibut Shumenov.

Exactly.

This was going to be the column in which I was going to give you the first major upset of the year. Turns out that Sugar Shane Mosley (pictured) wasn’t the one to be upset – it was most boxing fans.

Following the disappointment of the breakdown of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, boxing lost another big bout because of the tragic Haitian earthquake. Andre Berto, the Haitian-born welterweight title-holder whose hand speed would have given the 38-year-old Mosley fits in their scheduled Jan. 30 unification bout in Las Vegas, had to bow out after eight or so of his cousins perished in the quake.

This leaves the rematch between Campillo and Shumenov for the WBA light-heavyweight suspenders as the major betting interest for next weekend. I am proud to say I have never seen either of these stalwarts and though they will be meeting down the street from me Friday in Vegas, and on television somewhere, I have no intention of ending this streak.

I’ll be too busy bemoaning the one that got away. Mosley may not, though. He may now get a shot at Mayweather – nothing, at this writing, is definite – on May Day and frankly I believe not only would he get a bigger payday, but would have a better chance of winning against Blood Money. I’m not sure which is tougher – Mayweather’s hands or Mosley’s chin.

If Mayweather accepts this dangerous assignment, which would be out of recent character, it might mean that scouts have reported Mosley is finally acting his advanced age a year after his last start, the brilliant stoppage of Antonio Margacheato.

We shall see. Mayweather has not taken many risks since getting a couple of scares from Jose Luis Castillo way back when. Mosley was always a better lightweight than Castillo and he certainly has proven to be a terrific welterweight.

In the meantime, all we can do is try to affix blame for the breakdown of Pacquiao-Mayweather and mull the Campillo-Shumenov light-heavyweight clash, which is one of those pick’em clashes that no one should be in a rush to pick.

Their first meeting, last year, resulted in a controversial majority decision for Campillo, a 31-year-old from Madrid. CompuBox, on assignment from the Shumenov camp, looked at the results and agreed with apparently the majority of ringsiders that the man from Kazakhstan deserved the nod.

Neither man deserves much. Campillo, on the surface, seems to have the edge in experience – a 19-2 record compared to Shumenov’s 8-1. Neither man can punch much. Each has six knockouts as a pro. Campillo’s record was obviously padded at the start – in his first 10 fights, he never met an opponent with more than one victory (the combined record of this murderers’ row was 3-45). In his 11th bout, he won the Spanish 175-pound title.

But he did go to Argentina to win the WBA title from the local hero, Hugo Herman Garay last year before defending it against Shumenov. The former Olympian, now based in Las Vegas and trained by New Zealander Kevin Barry (the guy who turned David Tua pro), may have only eight victories as a pro, but there are some nice names on his ledger – ex-world champions like Byron Mitchell and Montell Griffin. You might also recognize such victims as Epifanio Mendoza, Lavell Finger and Donnell Wiggins.

So while Campillo was fattening his record against stiffs, Shumenov was beating ghosts.

I am quite ambivalent, meaning I don’t really give a darn. Some day, maybe not soon the way things are conspiring, there will be a meaningful fight with meaningful odds. With the two biggest promoters, Top Rank and Golden Boy, again feuding, let’s hope it’s this year.

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