by Jim Amato
IS SHANE READY FOR CINTRON?
I like Sugar Shane Mosley.
He has been good for boxing. He was a fine lightweight
champion who jumped right to welterweight and defeated
the "Golden Boy", Oscar De La Hoya. He has had his ups
and downs since. The two losses to Vernon Forrest at 147
and two more Winky Wright at 154. In between those
losses he beat Oscar again at 154. He returned to form
recently at junior middleweight by twice halting
Fernando Vegas. Now Shane going back to welterweight and
he will be meeting once beaten Kermit Cintron for the
IBF version of the title on February 10th in Las Vegas.
Is Cintron the best welterweight in the world ? No...He
was destroyed in five rounds by WBO titleholder Antonio
Margarito in 2005.
will be returning to 147 pounds where he feels he is at his best. He has
announced that he is ready for the elite welterweights be it Cintron,
Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.
Is he really ready? Has he done enough to deserve a title shot?
First off, in my opinion he does deserve a title shot. He has been a major
player for a long time and who ever meets Mosley will probably get a nice
chunk of change. Mosley has marquee value and his name on their record
would look impressive. Is Shane ready to fight Cintron, Margarito, Cotto
or even Floyd Mayweather Jr. ? Well that's a tough one. Shane has lost
some of that great hand speed. He is also easier to hit then in days gone
by. He is still very, very strong and that strength could prove
troublesome to Cintron and Mayweather Jr.
Margarito and Cotto are very strong welterweights but they are slower then
Floyd, Kermit and Shane. Margarito and Cotto are devastating punchers and
although Shane has a respectable chin, he has been floored and hurt in
some of his fights. Still Margarito can be outboxed as Joshua Clottey
recently proved. Anyway it looks like Margarito will be meeting Miguel
Cotto in June. That should be a barn burner.
How do I like his chances ? I say his best bet would be Cintron. Kermit
has a good jab and basic skills.He is also a decent hitter but he could be
out muscled and out speeded by Shane.
Also Cintron's chin is OK but he's no Jake LaMotta. He fell apart against
If Shane does beat Cintron that opens the door for bouts with the winner
of Margarito - Cotto or with the winner of Mayweather Jr. - De La Hoya.
Shane may be shaking things up !
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