Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Sheika Says He Will Probably Retire After Mack Loss

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY — Yusaf Mack systematically sent Omar Sheika toward retirement Friday night.

Philadelphia’s Mack thoroughly out-boxed Sheika throughout their 12-round fight for the vacant USBA light heavyweight title in the main event of an eight-bout card at Resorts Casino Hotel. The 35-year-old Sheika, a Paterson native and Woodland Park resident, said after another one-sided, devastating defeat that he “probably” will retire.

Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs) won by wide margins on all three scorecards (119-107, 118-109, 118-109). He also connected with a left hook against an off-balance Sheika late in the 12th round that sent the iron-chinned brawler to the canvas for just the second time in his 15-year career.

Sheika (32-12, 21 KOs) got right up, however, and finished the fight on his feet.

“He didn’t hurt me at all,” Sheika said. “I was shocked when I went down, to tell you the truth.”

Mack surprised Sheika with his ability to take a punch, too.

Just when it looked like he had no chance to win the fight, Sheika stopped Mack in his tracks with a left hook in the ninth round. He hit Mack with several other hard right hands during the bout, but Mack never appeared all that hurt.

Mack mostly had his way with the four-time super middleweight world title challenger. Mack, 32, consistently connected with right uppercuts and overhand rights that enabled him to build a large lead on the scorecards.

“I was looking for the one shot a little bit too much,” Sheika said, “but I just felt like if I catch him … I don’t know. I could’ve done a lot of things differently, but I hit him with some good shots, man. He took them. I give him a lot of credit for that. I hit him with some good body shots, some good head shots.

“I was on [him] the whole fight. I was getting hit, but I thought he would tire out, I would keep putting pressure on him and he would quit. He did in those four other fights, but not this one.”

Sheika referred to Mack’s four technical knockout losses to IBF light heavyweight champ Tavoris Cloud, former undisputed light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson, Librado Andrade and Alejandro Berrio. Before beating Sheika on Friday night, Mack had not fought since Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) stopped him in the eighth round June 25 in St. Charles, Mo.

Sheika had won his previous two bouts by decision, but Mack is a better fighter than fellow Philadelphians Charles Hayward (7-5, 3 KOs) and Anthony Ferrante (12-3, 7 KOs). Sheika beat Hayward by majority decision Jan. 21 in Hamilton, N.J., and defeated Ferrante by unanimous decision Feb. 24 in Chester, Pa.

Those two wins came after Sheika suffered a one-sided, 12-round loss to Philadelphia’s Garrett Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round fight for the USBA cruiserweight championship last April 23 in Atlantic City. Sheika said he belonged at light heavyweight, though, and moved down to prove he could make one last run at earning a fifth world title shot.
That didn’t happen Friday night.

“[Mack] picked us apart,” said Hasbrouck Heights’ Alex Davila, Sheika’s trainer. “He did what he had to do. Omar tried his best, but you’re not going to change a fighter. You’re not going to change his stripes. That’s how he fights. We tried our best and we came up short.”

Tags: Yusaf Mack image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by theproof on 04-29-2012

seems to me i remember shakia saying he was gonna ko mack and make him RETIRE! looks like now he will quit. to much talking from d rate fighters who can't back it up. shakia shouldn't stop fighting. just keep…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Top Rank VP: Pacquiao-Horn Was Close, 117-111 Created Issue Lomachenko: I'm Ready To Fight Guillermo Rigondeaux Next! Garcia Expects Broner to Be Biggest Puncher He Has Faced Yarde Would Love To Emulate Roy Jones, Win Title at Heavyweight Amanda Serrano-Edina Kiss: Still Worth a Look on Delay Nikki Adler Confident She'll Hand Claressa Shields Her First Loss Erol Ceylan Discusses The Past, Present and Future of EC Boxing Hatton: Pacquiao Got Old Overnight, When Horn Beats You... Malignaggi: McGregor Has Game Plan, It's Not What People Think Robert Guerrero and Knowing When To Say When Isaac Zarate Drops, Shocks Carlos Carlson To Win Decision Antonio Moran Stops Rosales To Win WBO Regional Title Amanda Serrano Stops Kiss: Cintron, Oquendo Win By KO White Smiles: Mayweather's Kink is Southpaws, McGregor is One Broner vs. Garcia Approved By WBC For The "Diamond Title" De La Hoya: McGregor Can Beat Floyd - With Flying Kick To Head! Manager: McGregor Will Be Best Fighter in History With Upset Win Jorge Linares vs. Luke Campbell Ordered By The WBA Duva: Barrera is One of Several Options For Kovalev's Return Ustinov vs. Oquendo For Vacant WBA Title in Play For October 2 Lomachenko: I Was Preparing For Salido, But Ready For Marriaga Muwendo, Esquivias Battle at M3 Anaheim Event Center Malignaggi on Sparring McGregor: Good Power, He's No Dummy! Mauricio Herrera vs. Jesus Soto Karass Undercard Information Charlo: My Power is God-Given; Will Translate Immediately at 160 Canelo vs. Golovkin - Closed Circuit Ticket Information Kell Brook Mulled Retirement, Hints at 'Big Changes' in Return Duke Micah Signs Promotional Deal With Evander Holyfield Bryan Figueroa Inks Promotional Pact With Sampson Boxing Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams II on October 28 in Manchester Broner: 'No Way In Hell' Garcia is a Better Boxer Than Me! Berchelt: I'm Best in Division; I'd 'Definitely Beat' Lomachenko Abel Sanchez is Open To Training Sergey Kovalev, Door is Open Adrien Broner on Mikey Garcia: 'I'm Coming to ‘F*** Him Up!' Joseph Parker: I Back Myself To Beat Anyone, I'll Fight Anyone! Horn: Khan is a Brilliant Boxer, But if Hit on Chin - He Will Sleep Monroe on Saunders: I'd Fight That Motherf***er for 75 Dollars Johnny Nelson: Not a Lock That Mayweather Beats McGregor Juan Manuel Marquez Fight Pushed Back - September or October White: Mayweather Would 'Destroy Conor's Life' if He Goes MMA
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement