O5/28/ 2016- Glendale Az.- First, a confession. I didn’t get to see the entire David Avanesyan – Sugar Shane Mosley WBA Interim welterweight title bout, my recorder shut off after 8 rds. Now let me report on what I DID see:
The opening bout was a travesty ( I DID see all of THAT one.).There was a 41 year old guy fighting a 35 year old. I guess the Snowbirds didn’t all go to Florida. The older guy, Ricardo Campillo had a slate of 9-9-1-7k. He had been knocked out in his last seven STRAIGHT fights. Now, how in the Lord’s ass do they allow some shit like this to take place? This guy’s been ko’d so many times, I still don’t know if he can fight or not. Hell, he’s always asleep. Imagine him fighting Roy (Rip van Winkle ) Jones Jr. They’d both have to have a supply of No Doz in their corners. Roy’s dad probably wishes he’d drop the Jr. tag, all the sleeping HE does in the ring. Campillo ( his name should just be ‘pillow’) probably gets a standing eight when he’s shadow boxing. His opponent Dimar Ortuz has a record of 10-0-2-7K. Ten fights at thirty five, exactly WHERE is he going in tha’ game?
Campillo came out in the first round wanting to touch gloves, hell, as many times as he’s been put to sleep, he shouldn’t take any chances doing THAT. Ortuz refused, so I’m thinking, ‘this guy’s serious’. Wrong. He spent more time switching to southpaw and rushing in and getting tied up than anything. Campillo was a real sorry case, he was wobbled several times (surprise) and busted up but never went down. Actually, Ortuz was very reluctant to really put pressure on Mr. Ko’d. At one point, Campillo’s cornerman yelled out, “one two” and Campillo probably thought it was the ref counting him out. A flurry of shots in the fifth by Ortuz ended matters with his foe unable to defend himself.
Next up was the son of Sugar Shane, Shane Mosley Jr. Mosley (6-1-5k) has been matched pretty carefully and quite a few flaws were on display against a fast-tiring, limited opponent named Roberto Yong. Yes, that’s his name, Yong, not Young and Ortuz was Not Ortiz, so don’t think I’M drunk at the keyboard. Mosley started out pressing the action, actually refusing to touch gloves which is a FAR cry from his dad who touches gloves every chance he gets. When he fought Floyd Mayweather, Floyd got so annoyed, he punched Shane in his mouth as Shane reached out to try and touch somebody. Jr. was cruising along, scoring points on the backtracking Yong until he was surprised by a big right hand in the third. This happened quite a bit over the next few rounds and Mosely showed he has a decent supply of whiskers. He was buzzed at least a half dozen times. Actually, the ref robbed him of a knockdown late as Yong seemed to touch the canvas from an assault by Mosley. This was a pretty close fight and there was added suspense when the ref paused for ten seconds after saying “and your winner is”. Shane was relieved when his number was called. It seems every ref these days has to have a signature expression ala Joe Cortez (I’m fair but I’m firm), I used to wonder, ‘aside from your wife, who gives a damn how “firm” you are? Mills’ Lane would say, “let’s get it on” (like he was Marvin Gaye). The phrases tonight were, “give ‘em hell at the bell” and “bang at the bell”. It’s always unfair to compare the second generation but Shane Jr. doesn’t have that fire that his dad had and doesn’t go to the body as well, either. There are a lotta’ belts out there but Jr.’s gonna’ have to improve a lot before he attains one, unless his mom has a couple for sale (yeah, I know).
From what I saw of the main event, what I noticed right off was that Shane Mosley (49-9-1-41K) looked to be in great shape and they introduced David Avamesyan FIRST, even though he’s the champ. Last time I saw THAT kinda’ shit was Holmes-Cooney. From the start, Mosley was as spry as ever with a serpent-like jab finding the champ early. David, from Russia apparently forgot to change the starting time on his watch. He wasn’t doing much for the first three rounds other than following Mosley around and eating those quick jabs. By the fourth round, the sturdy, plodding champ adjusted and started timing that serpent’s tongue with countering rights and some nice ribwork. By the sixth, he was reaching Shane with left hooks and gaining momentum often pinning the tiring ex great on the ropes and firing away. That’s when my recorder stopped. Yes, I WAS pissed, even though I already knew the outcome, I wanted to see how Shane finished and what he do from here. I never knew Roberto Duran talked so damn much. He really got his money’s worth between rounds, telling Mosely, “look at me when I talk to you”. I read where Mosley thanked the fans for their support and appreciation, which doesn’t sound like, ‘I’m outta’ here.