Golden Boy Promotions on Monday announced that Wednesday’s scheduled bout between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine in Mundine’s native Sydney, Australia, has been canceled because of what Golden Boy termed a “breach of contract” by the co-promoter, Millennium Promotions.
“I’m very disappointed with this turn of events because I was planning on making a big statement by beating Mundine, but I was left with no choice but to withdraw,” Mosley said in a statement. “The fans in Australia have welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to return to fight for them one day in better circumstances.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, intimated there was no choice but for Mosley to pull out.
“It’s unfortunate that this fight will not be taking place, and we apologize to all of Shane’s Australian fans, but there are contracts in place for a reason, and when the terms are not adhered to, we have no choice but to protect our fighter, and that’s what happened here,” Schaefer said.
Mosley, .42, is coming off a unanimous decision over Pablo Cano in May in Mexico. He had been in retirement for a year prior to that fight, having lost a wide decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mosley is 47-8-1 with 39 knockouts.
Mundine, a former interim junior middleweight champion, is 38. He has a record of 44-5 with 26 knockouts.