Tuesday, 5 June 2012
05/06/12 Mosley & Wright end of an era
Saying goodbye to the sport you love can sometimes be one of the hardest things you will ever have to do, but knowing that someone else is experiencing the same thoughts and emotions that you are can make it that bit easier. Yesterday both Winky Wright and Shane Mosely decided their time had come and enough was enough and at the age of 40 both fighters had incredible careers and certain performances that will never be forgotten.
I first heard news break about Winky Wright retiring early Monday morning which didn't really come as much of a surprise to me, a loss to Peter Quillin this weekend seemed to just cement Wright's decision to end it. After an incredible career that never really got much promotion early on, it was when he picked up 2 wins over none other than Shane Mosely that everyone really acknowledged Wright as a credible force in the Boxing ranks.
Shortly after i had heard that Mosley had called it a day and i was slightly surprised by this, only because he had performed so well against Saul Alvarez and sometimes that's all a Boxer needs to pursued him into one last match. But after losses to Pacquiao, Mayweather and Cotto in his last seven fights it really left Mosley with nowhere else to turn.
Both men have conquered their divisions at some stage in their career, with Wright reaching the top of his game with back to back wins over Mosley and Mosley himself reaching his peak with a win over Oscar De La Hoya and again 3yrs later. Fights that will always be remembered and 2 men that will never be forgotten.
'Sugar' Shane Mosley @SugarShaneM
Belts IBF Lightweight, WBC, WBA Welterweight
Ronald 'Winky' Wright @RealWinkyWright
Belts WBO Light Middleweight