By Ryan Burton
'Sugar' Shane Mosley with late fight week sparring against undefeated cruiserweight prospect Dimar Ortuz. Mosley is back with a bang on May 28th, 2016 at the gorgeous Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. Soon after Mosley’s December 17th win over two time Olympian Patrick Lopez, Shane entered into negotiations with not one but TWO current World Champions for a fight in the summer.
After months of going back and forth, both champions backed out to opt for what each cites as “an easier defense” than Mosley. Mosley’s search to get a world title fight continued until one courageous fighter and his manager accepted the Mosley challenge.
David Avanesyan is currently ranked #1 in the world with the WBA and the current interim WBA Welterweight World Champion. Avanesyan has held 6 titles in his time as a professional fighter and recently won the WBA title against Charlie Navarro (a top rated fighter).
After striking up a grand friendship in Panama, Mosley has enlisted the man, the myth, the legend, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, to be his trainer. This “Sugar and Stone” team, as they are calling themselves, are a match made in heaven, and the fans are going crazy. The match is being promoted by GoBox Promotions, the promotional outfit owned by Shane Mosley.
The promotion promises to be a lively event with the hottest ring girls, boxing demonstrations, signed glove giveaways and fan contests. The last GoBox event was a fan hailed success with the “ring girl” fights in between matches, and musical performances. Go Box plan to take it one step further with their amazing new sponsors, and the support of Gila River Arena as well as CBS Sports.
MAIN EVENT - WBA WELTERWEIGHT INTERIM WORLD TITLE - 12 ROUNDS
“Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY 49-9-1, 41 KOs), PPOMONA, CA
DAVID “Ava” AVANESYAN (21-1-1, 11 KOs), PYATIGORSK, RUSSIA
SPECIAL LIGHTWEIGHT ATTRACTION -- 8 ROUNDS
VICTOR CASTRO (16-0, 7 KOs), PHOENIX, AZ
CARLOS ZATARIAN (6-2-2, 4 KO’S), SONORA, MEXICO
CRUISERWEIGHT - 8 ROUNDS
DIMAR “El Animal” ORTUZ (10-0-2, 7 KOs), Chicago, IL
RICARDO CAMPILLO (9-9-1, 7 KO’s) LOS MOCHIS, MÉXICO
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT - 6 ROUNDS
“Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY JR (6-1, 5 KOs), LAS VEGAS, NV
ROBERTO YONG (5-7, 4 KO’S), PHOENIX, AZ
LIGHTWEIGHT - 4 ROUNDS
CLAY “3rd Degree” BURNS (3-1-1, 3 KOS), ALEXANDRIA, LA
ISAAC AVALOS (0-1) TIJUANA, MEXICO
WELTERWEIGHT - 6 ROUNDS
LUIS “3rd Degree” OLIVERAS (10-0, 7 KOS), GLENDALE, AZ
MANUEL DE LOS REYES HERRERA (21-19-1), PLANETA RICA, COLOMBIA
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT - 6 ROUNDS
LUIS ROSE(13-3-1, 5 KOS), LYNWOOD, CA
JOSE JESUS HURTADO (4-7, 4 KO’S), SAN YSIDRO, CA
TICKETS: $500 ringside, $256-$132 floor, $82-$42-$22 (Premiere to Discount Admission) seating now on sale at Ticketmaster.com or the Gila River Arena box office (951-665-1000). VIP Access is $1000.00, and includes pre-party, signed, meet and greet with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and glove signed by main event fighters. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.