Shane Mosley Jr Turns Away Daniel Jacobs in the Co-Feature to Masvidal-Diaz


By David A. Avila

Once again Shane Mosely Jr. proved he belongs in the upper tier with a convincing victory over former two-time world champion Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision in the semi-main event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, on Saturday.

A stunned crowd of more than 18,000 saw Mosley (22-4, 12 KOs) bloody and out-fight New York’s Jacobs (37-5, 30 KOs) in almost every round.

It was the fifth straight win for Mosely who has continued to sparkle regardless of the competition. Some skeptics expected him to meet the end of the road against Jacobs, but the former middleweight just couldn’t get it going against the son of boxing hall of famer Sugar Shane Mosley.

After 10 rounds two judges scored it 99-91 and another 100-90 for Mosley.

Nate Diaz once again ventured into the boxing ring but this time emerged with a win by majority decision over fellow MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal after 10 entertaining rounds.

A year ago, Diaz (1-1) fought Jake Paul and lost by decision. This time he faced fellow UFC fighter Masvidal (1-1) in boxing and perhaps won because of more familiarity with fighting with boxing gloves.

Masvidal had boxed before but it was nearly 20 years ago.

After 10 rounds one judge scored it 95-95, while two others saw it 97-93 and 98-92 for Diaz.

Other Bouts

In a battle between two boxing families Amado Vargas (11-1, 5 KOs) floored Sean Garcia (7-1-1, 2 KOs) with a body shot in the fourth round and then won by stoppage in the sixth round of their lightweight match.

Vargas, the son of the great Fernando Vargas and Garcia the brother of popular star Ryan Garcia, fought furiously from the start. Both fighters proved eager to show superiority in the family feud.

Though Garcia tried to rally, Vargas was able to overwhelm him with a volley of blows that forced the referee Edward Collantes to end the fight 46 seconds into the sixth round.

A battle between a boxer and MMA fighter saw Chris Avila (6-1) defeat former UFC champion Anthony Pettis (1-1) after six rounds in a light heavyweight match.

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