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.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley of Pomona will be on hand Friday at a Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, and he will sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. Those with a ticket to the fight will have this opportunity.
Mosley, 41, recently came out of a 1-year retirement and won a unanimous, yet narrow decision over Pablo Cesar Cano in May in Cano’s native Mexico.
Mosley, 47-8-1 with 39 knockouts, has won titles in three weight classes and he is expected to be a first-ballot selection into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. But that can’t happen until he’s been retired for five years, and he’s still going.
Friday’s main event will see heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-8, 28 KOs) trying to keep his knockout streak alive when he takes on former champion Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) of Belarus in a fight to be televised by Showtime.
Tickets for the event are priced at $25, $35 and $45. They can be purchased by calling 800-827-2946, or by going online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley of Pomona on Saturday won for the first time in over four years when he took a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Mosley, 41, won by three scores of 115-113. The last time he won a fight was in January 2009 when he stopped favored Antonio Margarito in the ninth round at Staples Center. Mosley is now 47-8-1. Cano, just 23, is 26-3-1.