2003-09-13 Shane Mosley w pts 12 Oscar De La Hoya, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/The Ring
2003-09-13 Shane Mosley w pts 12 Oscar De La Hoya, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/The Ring. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 115-113. Although all three judges went with the challenger, it was difficult to see how Mosley (154) outscored De La Hoya (154) when one examines the punch stats; De La Hoya connecting with 106 jabs to Mosley’s 33 and with 115 solid blows to 94. According to the round-by-round punch stats, De La Hoya won the fight 11 to one, landing at the rate of three to one in the third, fourth and seventh. There were no knockdowns, and there was never that much between them on the face of it, but according to all three cards Mosley won the last four rounds and it was during these sessions that he landed with his best punches, a tremendous right to the body in the ninth almost dropping De La Hoya. Having being cut over the right eye in the fourth following a clash of heads, De La Hoya may well have been more protective than usual, but even when on the retreat he scored well with countering jabs and he deserved better. He also lost The Ring magazine’s championship belt on the result.
On 20 September at the Mohegun Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, Alejandro Garcia retained the WBA ‘second tier’ crown when retiring Rhoshii Wells in the tenth round, but was parted from the so-called title when crushed by Travis Simms (l co 5 on 13 December 2003 at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey).