Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by turnedup on 05-26-2016

[QUOTE=Tomjas;16740450]Last time I saw him fight was nearly 3 years ago against Mundine & he was totally shot back then It is absolutely ridiculous and almost criminal that guys like him and RJJ are still allowed into the ring[/QUOTE] Man…

Comment by gamesworn on 05-26-2016

It is much better for him to fight the loser between the two and let the winner Thurman vs Porter fight Danny Garcia. So we can actually see top 10 WW fighters fighting each other.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 05-26-2016

Jesus Shane, please retire. Honestly. You were stopped by Anthony Mundine lol.....? If that is not a sign to retire I do not know what is.

Comment by Tomjas on 05-25-2016

[QUOTE=turnedup;16740443]Listening to Sugar Shane speak is tragic itself, yet he continues to fight. How in the hell can you pass a physical if you can barely be understood half the time.[/QUOTE] Last time I saw him fight was nearly 3…

Comment by turnedup on 05-25-2016

Listening to Sugar Shane speak is tragic itself, yet he continues to fight. How in the hell can you pass a physical if you can barely be understood half the time.

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