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Saturday, July 15, 2006
MGM Grand Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

V.S.
Shane Mosley Fernando Vargas
POWER
  CHIN
SPEED
STAMINA
SKILL
  HEART
By Law Gardner

At first glance, this seems to be a fairly intriguing match-up. Sure, both fighters seem to be a bit past their prime, but fight fans are finding it increasingly difficult to feed their insatiable appetite for quality fights containing marquee fighters.
 

The fighters met for the first time back in February of this year. The fight was less than a “fight of the year” candidate, but was a hard-fought, closely contested bout. Mosley won due to a stoppage in the 10th by referee Joe Cortez, who felt Vargas’s swollen left eye left him unable to continue (a point of course the proud Vargas hotly contests to this day). Upon stoppage, Mosely was up by 1 point on two scorecards, and behind a point on another – making the fight much closer than I originally expected. Why you ask? Indulge me if you will. 

Any legitimate boxing professional and/or hardcore boxing fan is keenly aware of this one indisputable fact: If every boxer who possessed world class hand speed and reflexes were to suddenly vanish from the face of the earth, Vargas would be king. His technical skills are beyond solid, his focus admirable, his heart unquestionable & his power revered. BUT, his lack of hand speed and God-given lightning quick reflexes has, and will, keep him from ever being an “elite” boxer. 

With that said, I’m a bit surprised the 1st fight was so close. Mosley is not as fast as he thinks (which has caused him problems in other fights), but he does possess the speed and reflexes that put him arguably CLOSE to the legendary fighters such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr. (in his prime of course) and Meldrick Taylor - who all possessed the lightning reflexes that made the majority of their fights seem as grotesquely unfair as a man with a machine gun fighting a sedated middle-aged woman.   

All analogies aside, it is my belief that Mosley’s speed will ultimately be the deciding factor in the rematch, and what SHOULD have made the 1st fight a more lop-sided victory. Not to say that Fernando’s heart, ferociousness, punching power and sound technical ability won’t make this an intriguing fight, but remember this fight fans – SPEED KILLS!! 
 


BoxingGurus.com Prediction:             Another late round stoppage for Mosley



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