By Carlos Boogs
International Boxing Hall of Fame member Roberto Duran is very impressed with the work that former three division world champion Shane Mosley (49-9-1) has put in for his fight Saturday night against WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan (21-1-1).
Mosley and Duran split their training camp between Duran's home base in Panama and in Big Bear, Calif.
"It was really hot and human in Panama. I got some really good work in," said Mosley in reference to the first half of their camp before they relocated to the high altitude of Big Bear.
Avanesyan isn't well know in the United States but his only career loss came in just his second professional loss in 2009. Duran knows they have their work cut out for him but feels the 44-year-old Mosley simply is the better fighter.
"I want to thank Avanesyan for giving Shane the opportunity to fight for his title. I'm glad he's in good condition because Shane is in great shape and on Saturday Shane is going to be the new champion. I don't mean any disrespect to him or his team but on Saturday the better fighter will win," said Duran.
The winner of Mosley-Avanesyan has been guaranteed a world title shot. The WBA recently issued an order which directs the winner of Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter, which takes place for the WBA's 'super' title at 147 on June 25th at the Barclays Center, to make a mandatory defense of that belt against the winner of Mosley-Avanesyan.