When Sugar Shane Mosley next enters the ring it will have been nearly a year since his last fight, but he won’t be getting any slack from his opponent, WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The 21-year-old Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 knockouts) is 19 years younger than Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs), and will bring a substantial amount of Mexican star power to their May 5 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the precursor to Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto.
Mosley feels strongly that he can defeat the younger man, though, despite the fact that he is 0-2-1 in his past three bouts and is returning to the site of his past two losses: one-sided unanimous decisions against Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
The clash offers Mosley a shot at his sixth major title over the course of three divisions.
Alvarez is after the fourth straight knockout in as many defenses of the belt he won by unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton last March, and he’s coming off a fifth-round knockout of former welterweight beltholder Kermit Cintron in November.
RingTV.com: I understand that you’re already in Big Bear feeling good about facing Alvarez?
But I have to get past him, so let’s do it. But he’s hungry and he’s looking to take out a legend.
RingTV.com: What do you say to those who would say that you’re in for a tough night since you turned 40 in September and will not have been in the ring for two days short of a year by the time you enter the ring against Alvarez?
RingTV.com: Any thoughts on the fact that you’re fighting in the same place where you lost your last two bouts against Mayweather and Pacquiao ironically in the same month — May?
RingTV.com: No problems with the fact that you’re not the main event?
Plus, being able to fight on the undercard of Mayweather and Cotto, two great fighters, that card’s going to be a phenomenal card and it’s going to be a phenomenal night of great fighting.
RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on the last couple of fights you’ve seen of Alvarez’s?
And then I’ll dissect them. I know that Canelo is a young fighter and he’s a strong fighter and you can’t take any fighter lightly. Plus he’s a world champion, and wearing another belt at 154 would be a tremendous accomplishment for me, especially at 40.
RingTV.com: What opportunity do you believe that Alvarez sees in facing you?
I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t have a name of my caliber under his belt, and so that’s what he’s looking for with this fight.
RingTV.com: What is your answer to that?
I’m not over the hill. I’m not done. I’m not what they think. I think that they’ll find out. In fact, I’m sure that they’ll find that out when we’re in the ring the night that the fight happens.
RingTV.com: Can you knock out Alvarez?
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