2004-11-20 Ronald Wright w pts 12 Shane Mosley, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC/The Ring
2004-11-20 Ronald Wright w pts 12 Shane Mosley, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/WBC. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-113, 114-114, 115-113. Defending his three belts against the man he took two of them off, Wright (154) outpointed Mosley (154) yet again, although the margin was not so great this time round. After eight rounds, Mosley was just ahead according to the cards, but he took so much out of himself in the eighth as Wright put up a clever defence that he was not the same afterwards. It was clear that Wright had paced himself well and he pumped out the southpaw jab in the ninth to great effect as Mosley failed to get the majority of his punches off. In the tenth there was only one man in it and it was not Mosley, and while he came back in the 11th to nick the session after dragging Wright into a brawl, it was the latter who dominated the final round to retain his titles. Wright forfeited the WBA title in April after signing to meet Felix Trinidad in an official WBC middleweight eliminator on 14 May 2005 and Travis Simms, the ‘interim’ champion, was handed the belt. The vacant WBA ‘interim’ title was then contested by Rhoshi Wells and Alejandro Garcia at the United Centre, Chicago, Illinois on 21 May 2005, being won by the latter on a ninth-round stoppage. When Simms was stripped by the WBA in late June 2005, due to a contractual problem, Garcia was awarded the title. Earlier, in April 2005, after deciding to move up a weight Wright had relinquished the WBC title and the ‘interim’ titleholder, Javier Castillejo, was accorded full championship status despite being inactive for a long period. However, having signed up for a fight against Fernando Vargas instead of making required defence against Ricardo Mayorga, at the end of May 2005 Castillejo was stripped.