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October 14, 2015

Who Wins: Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith vs. ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley?

by Matt O'Brien

After Liam Smith’s fantastic victory for the WBO light-middleweight world title last Saturday night, the new champ suggested that the likes of former pound-for-pound stand out and American legend ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley should now “be calling me out” – igniting a brief back and forth between the pair on Twitter.

Mosley has certainly seen better days, but his recent impressive knockout of Ricardo Mayorga showed the ‘Sugar’ man can still bang and is far from a spent force. The UK fans have shown themselves to be knowledgeable and appreciative of other great fighters who visited these shores, with boxing legends like Johnny Tapia, Tommy Hearns and James Toney receiving incredibly warm welcomes late on in their fighting careers in front of vociferous and affectionate British crowds.

With Smith carrying a bona fide world title, Mosley looking to re-establish himself as a premier fighter, the backing of Frank Warren’s Box Nation TV in the UK and the possibility of British fans selling out a stadium like the Manchester Arena for the appearance of one of boxing’s true modern greats, this fight could be more than a mere fantasy.

Could Mosley still have enough in the tank at 44 years of age to seriously challenge a younger, undefeated world champion? With just 21 wins under his belt, does Smith have the pedigree to take care of a puncher with the wily skills of someone like Mosley, even at this late stage of his career? It would be a real treat for UK fans if Frank Warren could put a good enough offer on the table in order to entice the American over here so that we can find out.

In the meantime though, perhaps I can stoke the fires for this potential contest by gauging the general consensus among fight fans regarding who would win this crossroads encounter: ‘Beefy’ Smith or ‘Sugar’ Shane? Add your vote below…

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