1999-04-17 Shane Mosley w rtd 8 John Brown, Fantasy Springs Hotel & Casino, Indio, California, USA - IBF

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1999-04-17 Shane Mosley w rtd 8 John Brown, Fantasy Springs Hotel & Casino, Indio, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Pat Russell. With Brown (134¼) charging into the much taller champion in an effort to work inside, when Mosley (134½) recognised that this was not his kind of fight he began to bring his punches up. By the fourth Mosley was banging in rights to the head, and while Brown took them well his face was showing signs of damage. Still Brown was not ready to go, but he was gradually getting ground down. And in the eighth he was blasted to head and body with lefts and rights before the bell came to his rescue. Although Brown had not been floored, when his corner realised that he had nothing left he was pulled out of the fight during the interval.

Mosley relinquished the IBF version of the title in May due to weight-making problems, which was followed by Paul Spadafora and Israel Cardona being brought together to find a new champion.