2002-01-26 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Shane Mosley, MSG Theatre, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC/The Ring
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. When Forrest, who had been the last man to beat Mosley (146) in the amateurs, used 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, which obviously affected his game plan from there on in. Never at any time was Mosley able to work Forrest out, being in trouble again in the tenth after taking heavy belts 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.