2002-01-26 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Shane Mosley, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC/The Ring

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2002-01-26 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Shane Mosley, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC/The Ring. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 118-108, 117-108, 115-110. In what was a huge upset Forrest (147) dropped the champion twice and hurt him badly on more than one occasion prior to winning the fight by a unanimous decision. Forrest had been the last man to beat Mosley (146) in the amateurs and using his height and reach advantages he neutralised much of the champion’s work by not allowing him to fire away at close quarters. With equally fast hands, Forrest’s added power also stopped Mosley in his tracks at times and when the latter did get through, more often than not he was held in a vice-like grip. In the second session heads came together, leaving Mosley cut on his scalp and dazed before being dropped by heavy rights and this obviously affected his game plan from thereon. Never at any time was Mosley able to work Forrest out and he was in trouble again in the tenth after being belted to the body and smashed with solid right hands. In only three rounds did Mosley land more than a dozen punches, testament to the new champion’s control over him. Forrest also won The Ring magazine’s championship belt on the result.

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