Monday, April 26, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
BY SANTOS A. PEREZ
As much as he tries to emphasize the present, Shane Mosley can't avoid a disturbing topic nearly a decade old.
Instead of talking only about his anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Mosley also has to deal with questions regarding his ties to the BALCO performance-enhancing drug scandal seven years ago. The San Francisco Bay-area lab was frequented by athletes, many whose careers later were stained by accusations or convictions.
Although Mosley never was formally accused of using steroids, the cloud hovers over his career -- still going strong at age 38. Mayweather has capitalized on the prefight media hype, repeatedly associating Mosley with performance-enhancing drugs.
The normally mild-mannered Mosley finally objected to a media member's question on steroids during a conference call last week.
``That's just a stupid question that you asked me, because I never did that stuff,'' Mosley said. ``I never was on it really like that. I've always been a clean fighter.''
BALCO head Victor Conte has said Mosley used performance-enhancing substances before Mosley's second fight against Oscar De La Hoya in September 2003. Mosley later sued Conte for defamation, and Conte recently posted on YouTube segments of Mosley's testimony that he knowingly ingested performance-enhancing drugs.
``I don't feel that I should be condemned for something that I never tested positive for and I just told of what happened, because the truth was brought to me by the federal people that took me [to] court, that brought me in as a witness.
``It's ridiculous now that the media wants to make me the poster boy of steroids when I don't even . . . whatever, if you guys want to continue to think that or put that out there, so be it.''
For Mosley, if the issue with the BALCO ties wasn't sufficient steroids fodder, he and Mayweather have undergone unannounced Olympic-style blood and urine tests before Saturday's fight.
``It hasn't bothered me at all -- everything has been great,'' Mosley said of the tests administered to both fighters by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. ``It's actually a good thing.''
Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) said the steroid controversy and Mayweather's constant badgering on the subject have not affected his preparation for the bout.
``I know me not reacting to his antics or whatever, that's just me blocking all that stuff out and wanting to fight,'' Mosley said. ``I don't really care about the different things that are being said. ``What matters is the fight and what happens in the fight.''
WIN FOR ADAMEK
Late Saturday, Tomasz Adamek used quickness and effective combinations to win a majority decision over Cristobal Arreola in Ontario, Calif.
Arreola (28-2) cut Adamek's distance in the middle rounds and had him on the defensive with solid power shots. But Adamek (41-1), in his third fight at heavyweight after title stints at the light-heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, increased his punch output in the final three rounds and stayed out of trouble.
Two judges scored the bout for Adamek, 117-111 and 115-113, overriding the third judge, who had it 114-114.
On the same card, junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo scored an 11th-round technical knockout over Miami resident Joel Julio. Angulo dropped Julio with a right to the head midway through the 11th and, although Julio beat the 10-count, referee Raul Caiz still sensed a groggy Julio and stopped the bout at 1:39 of the round.
SUPER SIX CLASSIC
Denmark's Mikkel Kessler won his first bout of the Super Six Boxing Classic with a unanimous decision over Carl Froch on Saturday in Froch's native England.
All three judges scored the bout for Kessler, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Kessler is now 1-1 with two points in the tournament featuring six super-middleweight fighters.