Forrest stuns Mosley in 12 and gains WBC title – Sports – Brief Article
Vernon Forrest says his talents have been overshadowed throughout his career and now hopes boxing fans recognize him as the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion he’s become.
After unanimously winning a 12-round decision over “Sugar” Shane Mosley recently in front of a sell-out crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Forrest, who remains unbeaten, said, “Shane Mosley is supposed to be the best boxer in boxing. They call him the Michael Jordan of boxing, and I beat him. Am I going to be Michael Jordan?”
Though the match went all 12 rounds, many conceded Forrest, of Atlanta, was the victor before then. He maintained a dominant performance and knocked down Mosley in the 2nd and 10th rounds. Forrest’s right-hand punching power led the way.
“I have a radar on my right hand,” Forrest said. “It was a heat-seeking missile, and I was on target with it all night.”
The 5-foot-9 Mosley made no excuses, saying he should have boxed more rather than punch with the 6-foot Forrest.
Both fighters went into the bout unbeaten, but this is Forrest’s (34-0, 27 KOs) second victory over Mosley (38-1, 35 KOs). In 1992, while they were still amateurs, Forrest outpointed Mosley in a three-round bout at the Olympic trials.
“It’s very ironic that this is the guy who beat me last time,” said Mosley, of Lynwood, CA. “I want a rematch.”
Forrest earned a career-high $1.2 million from the fight, while Mosley made $2.3 million.
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