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Schaefer Finds it Tough To Get Mosley Back on HBO/SHO

By Keith Idec

Shane Mosley tweeted this week that Bernard Hopkins has inspired him to remain committed to winning another world title.

That could require more patience than Mosley might’ve thought just a couple months ago. Since his proposed April 27 WBA welterweight title fight against champion Paulie Malignaggi fell apart last month, Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer has encountered resistance from executives at HBO and Showtime regarding Mosley’s return on one of those networks.

“I talked to the networks, to HBO and to Showtime, and there’s sort of a reluctance to have Shane back on premium-subscription TV,” Schaefer said. “So I was telling [Golden Boy matchmaker] Eric [Gomez] I think that if Shane wants to continue his career, what he might need is one or two tune-up fights, where the networks, the fans and the media see that Shane is, in fact, not done, that he’s back. I think he needs at least one of those before we’re really able to get him on HBO or Showtime.”

The 41-year-old Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs, 1 NC), a former champion in three weight classes, has not fought since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) dominated him in a 12-round WBC junior middleweight title fight May 5 in Las Vegas. Though the Pomona, Calif., native is certain to become a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame selection when he becomes eligible, Mosley is 0-3-1 in his last four fights and hasn’t won since he destroyed Mexico’s Antonio Margarito to take the WBA welterweight title in January 2009.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TGD on 03-15-2013

If Mosley wants to fight on that's his prerogative. However, it looks like the people don't want to see him fight so he can't expect to jump in with a big fight on one of the major TV networks.

Comment by moonshineman on 03-15-2013

Mosley IS NOT Hopkins, by a long shot.

Comment by christianshreve on 03-15-2013

The consensus of this panel is nearly unanimous: Shane Mosley is someone who should not again compete. Those who have posted to this effect feel uncomfortable with the idea of watching him do so. In addition, those on this panel…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 03-14-2013

I guess this is better? Either he wins or finds out the truth, which will only happen in those types of fights. Put him in a fight he should win and see if he can do it - I am…

Comment by -PBP- on 03-14-2013

Difference between Shane and Hopkins is Bernard doesn't take punishment while Shane is a sitting duck. It's time for him to retire. Hopefully the networks stand their ground. I'd hate to see him end up on ESPN and losing to…

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