Revitalized Mosley ready for bigger fights

The left hook epitomized everything that's thrilling about Sugar Shane Mosley - speed, creativity and a dazzling flair for the dramatic.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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The left hook epitomized everything that's thrilling about Sugar Shane Mosley - speed, creativity and a dazzling flair for the dramatic. That near-perfect punch dropped Fernando Vargas to the canvas in the sixth round of their rematch on Saturday, and their 154-pound (69-kilogram) fight was over moments later. The hook was a stinging reminder to anybody who had forgotten why the 34-year-old Mosley became a popular four-time champion idolized by fans, lionized by rappers, and imitated by legions of young boxers. For the second time in five months, Mosley had battered one of the world's top 154-pound (69-kilogram) fighters - and kicked open every door that closed to him after back-to-back losses to Winky Wright in 2004. Sugar Shane has his swagger back, but when will he use it? Not even Mosley knows for sure. There are plenty of fine possibilities, however. Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs) probably could meet Floyd Mayweather Jr in November in arguably the biggest fight of his career, or several other welterweights would line up for a shot when Mosley moves back down to 147 pounds (66 kgs), as he plans. Cory Spinks also would love to fight him for the IBF 154-pound (69-kg) title: Don King, Spinks' promoter, called De La Hoya's cell phone while Mosley was still celebrating in the ring. But Mosley sounds determined to relax and recharge after back-to-back brawls with Vargas, saying he won't even start training again until November. After his latest performance, it's hard to begrudge a little rest. Mosley won each of the first five rounds on the scorecards of all three judges, patiently landing punches while Vargas fought from an exaggerated crouch. Mosley landed 136 of his 330 punches, while Vargas connected on just 68 of 270. Weight problems Mosley did damage whenever possible, sometimes chasing Vargas around the ring to do it - and when Vargas left his right side unprotected, Sugar Shane landed the hook that finished the fight 10 seconds later. Mosley was everything Vargas wasn't - and while Sugar Shane's career is soaring again, Vargas (26-4) is plummeting. After years of struggles with his weight, he barely made the 154-pound (69-kg) limit on Friday before ballooning up to an unofficial 168 pounds (76 kg) in the following 24 hours. Vargas' future is murky beyond his Aug 5 wedding date with Martha Lopez, his girlfriend for 10 years. He will move up to at least 160 pounds (72 kgs) for his next fight, whenever that might be - and he'll do it the old-fashioned way. Mayweather attended the fight, still looking for his next opponent after his demolition of Zab Judah earlier in the year. Though Pretty Boy would welcome a fight with Mosley, he holds out hope De La Hoya will postpone retirement long enough for the matchup he covets. (AP)