By Igor Lazorin, tass
Former three division world champion Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) is not looking to stop his career any time soon.
Mosley is the latest future Hall of Famer to fight on Russian soil in the late stage of his career. On May 5 in Yekaterinburg, Mosley will face fast rising Russian junior middleweight prospect Magomed Kurbanov (10-0, 8 KOs) in a twelve round bout for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight championship.
"As long as I feel fine, I don't plan on finishing my career. I don't know how much longer I can hold fights, but certainly I don't plan to finish my career in May. Boxing is my whole life," Mosley said.
Mosley was at one time considered to be the top pound for pound fighter in the sport.
He appeared to retire back in 2013, when he was stopped Australian veteran Anthony Mundine, but then in 2015 he returned to the ring and won by way of knockout in a rematch with Nicaraguan brawler Ricardo Mayorga.
After the knockout of Mayorga, he picked up another victory over Venezuelan Patrick Lopez. He then tried to land fights with two world champions, but both refused.
On May 28 of last year, Mosley suffered a twelve round decision loss to then WBA interim-welterweight champion David Avanesyan of Russia. Mosley has not fought since the loss.
He has the opportunity to get back in the mix when he takes on Kurbanov, a young rising puncher who turned pro in June of 2015. The Russian boxer fought five times in 2016. A victory over Mosley would be a big statement for his career, as the future Hall of Famer was very competitive in losing to Avanesyan.
Mosley, who is now 45 years old, is 3-5-1 in his last nine fights dating back to 2010.