Shane Mosley explains the reasons for his love-hate relationship with Oscar de la Hoya

"Sugar" Shane Mosley and Oscar de la hoya developed practically parallel careers, which ended, in both cases, in the International Boxing Hall of F

“Sugar” Shane Mosley and Oscar de la hoya developed practically parallel careers, which ended, in both cases, in the International Hall of Fame.

But also, at some point he took them to face each other in the ring and, although the fights were intense, the African-American fighter assured that, in reality, their supposed rivalry arose to see “who was the best fighter in the state of California”.

Mosley, I was born in lynwoodin 1971, while De la Hoya did it in The Angels in 1973. For this reason, they sparred on several occasions, they knew each other well and in professionalism they faced each other twice, both with victory for “Sugar”.

For his part, De la Hoya won the Olympic gold medal in Barcelona 1992 and jumped to professionalism in November of that year. He was undefeated for 31 fights and his professional record was 39 wins, six losses and 30 knockouts. He captured the super featherweight, lightweight, super light, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight world titles.

Mosley, meanwhile, began his career less than three months after From the pot and finished his career with a record of 49 wins, 10 losses and one draw (41 knockouts). In his case, he was champion in the welterweight and super welterweight divisions.

The rivalry for California between Mosley and De la Hoya

“In the first fight there was no bad blood or rivalry. It was just about who was the best in California,” Mosley explained to the channel One Round Ms.

Many people in the world did not know that we already had a lot of history between us. When we were on the rise in California

Shane Mosley

Already as professionals, “Sugar” added, their fights came at a time when they could define not only the best in California but in the whole world:

It wasn’t even about who was the best in the world, it just turned out that the distinction of being the best included the world as well.

Shane Mosley

However, Mosley highlighted the quality of the “GoldenBoy” in the ring, even though he was able to defeat him on June 17, 2000 in Los Angeles, and on September 13, 2003 in Las Vegas.

De la Hoya was a great fighter. Very fast, he hit very hard with his left hook and was very dedicated

Shane Mosley

He even considered him the best fighter he faced at that time in his career: “I think that at that time Scar de la Hoya He was the best fighter I had ever faced.” And he added:

“Also before, we sparred very often at the training center. There were many people like him in California that I sparred with,” he added. “We grew up with all the best fighters around us,” he concluded.

Mosley came undefeated in 35 fights to face De La Hoya and beat him by split decision to win the welterweight title. WBC. Three years later Mosley repeated the dose, now by unanimous decision, to snatch the super welterweight titles from him. WBC and of the WBA. Mosley was the best in California.