2001-03-10 Shane Mosley w rtd 5 Shannan Taylor, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC

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2001-03-10 Shane Mosley w rtd 5 Shannan Taylor, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Vic Drakulich. Giving a breathtaking display of boxing, the champion had too much of everything for Taylor (147), who had courage a plenty but lacked the skill, power and speed required to deal with an opponent with such qualities. Towards the end of the first round, and having already been blinded by the speed of Mosley (147), the Australian was dumped by a flashing right hand to the head before being saved by the bell. Punching to the body to slow Taylor down, Mosley was merely biding his time and it appeared that the win was there for the taking. Although Taylor tried to rally it was a hopeless case, and in the fourth he was deducted a point for roughhouse tactics before punches rained in on him again during the fifth, ending the session having to take a terrific blow to the body that almost doubled him up. It was no surprise when Taylor’s corner retired their man during the interval leading up to the sixth, stating that the protection of the fighter was paramount, and that he had at least taken the fight to Mosley whereas others who had lasted longer had done so by going on the back foot.