By Jeff Aronow: Veteran super middleweight Shane Mosely Jr (18-4, 10 KOs) pulled off a surprising 10-round majority decision over former two-time world title challenger Gabe Rosado (26-15-1, 15 KOs) last Saturday night to snatch the WBA 168-pound Continental Americas title from the popular goaltender at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ideally, Mosley would like to use his win over Rosado as a springboard to clinch a world title at 160 or 168. Still, he’ll have to beat other strong contenders to get ranked high enough to get noticed by one of the champions. .
Mosley Jr. used his size, reach, hand speed and precise punching to overpower the experienced Rosado to win by the scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95.
Most boxing fans would agree that the 98-92 score was the most accurate of the three scores, and the 95-95 was the least.
In round ten, Mosley Jr. knocked Rosado out with a big punch but couldn’t put him away despite a good try.
Mosley Jr’s win over Rosado is arguably the best on his nine-year resume. Until last Saturday night, Mosley Jr’s best win came against journeyman Calvin Metcalf. Mosley Jr. had never had his toughest fights until last Saturday.
How much of that is because Rosado is on the downside of his career. Mosley Jr. seems to have improved since his recent losses to Jason Quigley and Brandon Adams.
Certainly, if Mosley Jr had fought against these guys like he did against Rosado, it’s fair to say he would have beaten them.
“Of course, when he saw it was getting further and further away, he wanted me to sit down and clap with him, and that’s a thing for veterans to do. Why should I do it? ?” Shane Mosley Jr. told Television Battle Hub last Saturday night after his victory over Gabe Rosado.
” I’m early. I will keep my lead. I’m not going to play your game. I don’t need to knock you out. I need to win, and that’s why I have this [WBA Continental Americas super middleweight title]”, continued Mosley Jr.
“I felt good in there. I stuck to the game plan and knew if I kept my speed, IQ and boxing he couldn’t beat me. Of course he [Rosado] said, “Come on, man”, because he wanted me to fuck with him. Why should I do it?
“In my opinion, in the tenth round, I was beating you by nine rounds, so why would I have punched with you? For what reason? In the last part of the tenth round, I almost stopped him. So, I was like, I don’t need to do this.
“My thing was to be smart, to be focused, to worry about the game plan and stick to it. Doesn’t fit into his veteran stuff. Don’t get on the back of your head or anything like that. He’s a cunning guy. That’s why a guy like Bek the Bully gets knocked out by him, right?
“He has power, he hits hard, he is strong physically. If I engage with this, he will beat me. So why would I do this? I can’t call that.
“Maybe they thought because he was aggressive and I was moving around in boxing, maybe this judge doesn’t like it. Who knows?” said Mosley Jr. reacting to the judge who scored his fight with Rosado 95-95.
“In my opinion, I won, and on the other two judges’ scorecards, I won pretty convincingly. I just want to enjoy that and soak it up. Later I can take a decision, but right now I just want to enjoy this win,” Mosley Jr. said when asked who he would like to fight next.
“That’s an incredible compliment. I’m gonna call him and tell him” said Mosley Jr. in tears after learning he resembled his father with the way he behaved against Rosado. “Thanks dude.
“I have to see what the division looks like and what my opportunities are. I can still do 160, but I just have to see what’s available. The 168 division is quite stuck when it comes to championships. I want to get a championship. I want to have a real one [world titles].
“I want to get the official WBA championship. So if it gets me closer to the official WBA championship, cool, if it gets me closer to 168, everyone’s aiming for that one because it’s Canelo. Who knows? We’ll see what happens, and we’ll go from there.
“I think he’s going to say he’s proud of me, I hope,” Mosley Jr. said when asked what his dad would say to him when they talk.