Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mosley shows some old tricks

LAS VEGAS -- Shane Mosley said at the end of his training camp that he felt as if he were turning back the clock, becoming faster and more powerful despite his 35 years.

Through seven rounds Saturday night, Mosley found himself in a near dead heat against Luis Collazo in their fight for the World Boxing Council interim welterweight championship.

Then, Mosley turned back the clock once more.

Landing a steady flow of the stiff right-handed punches that have given him 37 knockouts in 48 bouts, Mosley notched an 11th-round knockdown and scored a 118-109, 118-109, 119-108 decision in front of 5,761 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

It was Mosley's first fight as a welterweight since 2002, a return to 147 pounds after fighting the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Winky Wright as high as junior-middleweight (154 pounds).

Collazo, a 25-year-old left-hander, stung Mosley with stiff lefts and crisp three-punch combinations. A left punch near the start of the sixth round snapped back Mosley's head, and he complained to his father and trainer, Jack Mosley, of neck pain before the 10th round.

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