Mosley Outpoints De la Hoya for Title; New Welterweight Champ
LOS ANGELES (AP)- The Golden Boy got bronzed by Sugar Shane Mosley.
Mosley, boxing beautifully and then outbrawling Oscar De La Hoya in the final round, won the WBC welterweight championship on a split decision before some 20,000 screaming fans Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) in the Staples Center.
The victory was the 35th for the unbeaten Mosley, while De La Hoya lost for the second time in his last three fights after winning his first 31.
Mosley, who gave up the IBF lightweight title to seek the welterweight championship, used beautiful side-to-side movement, a good left jab and several well-placed right hands to earn the victory.
In the final round, Mosley fought as if he needed to win the round to become champion. De La Hoya also came out firing as the star-studded crowd went wild.
Mosley had much the better of the final hectic three minutes. He connected on 45 of 88 punches, many of them hard rights that backed De La Hoya up. De La Hoya threw 72, but connected on only 18.
"It was a great fight, a close fight," Mosley said. "We went toe to toe for 12 rounds. We went soul searching. We showed we're both great warriors, two great warriors from the L.A. area.'
"De La Hoya is a great champion. I was just the better man tonight."
Judge Marqi Samon, however, scored it 115-113 for De La Hoya.
Judge Lou Filippo favored Mosley 116-112 and judge Pat Russell favored the new champion 115-113.
The AP had it 116-112 for Mosley.
Mosley, raised in Pomona, California, where he still lives, and De La Hoya, who came off the streets of East Los Angeles, first boxed each other as 75 pounders (at 34 kilograms) when Mosley was 12 and De La Hoya was 11. They then sparred 50 or 60 rounds before the 1992 Olympics, with De La Hoya going on to earn his Golden Boy reputation by winning the 132-pound (59-kilogram) championship.
On this night, they finally met for keeps, and it was a dandy. …