Boxing greats Shane Mosley and Ronald 'Winky' Wright have both
announced that they will be hanging up their gloves.
The pair, who fought each other twice in 2004, are still
considered to be top level fighters but have decided to bow of the
sport after losing to upcoming stars.
Wright, 39, was beaten by on points by Peter Quillin at the
weekend, Mosley's last appearance in the ring saw him lose a WBC
light-middleweight tilt to Mexico's Saul Alvarez in May.
Wright, who has finished with an impressive 51-6-1 (25 KOs)
record, started his career in low key bouts in 1990 and spent more
than a decade trying to earn the respect of his peers.
His first world title fight did come in 1994 (a losing effort
against Julio Cesar Vasquez) but it wasn't until he beat Robert
Frazier for the vacant IBF light-middleweight title in 2001 that
the boxing world really began to take notice of his talents.
Prior to that he had been based in Europe and won the then
lightly regarded WBO bauble with a 1996 split decision over Bronco
McKart, before making defences against Britain's Ensley Bingham,
Steve Foster and Adrian Dobson.
His pair of wins over Mosley in 2004 plus a unanimous verdict
over Puerto Rican great Felix Trinidad in May 2005 earned Wright a
place amongst the pound for pound elite.
After moving up to middleweight, he defeated tough Aussie Sam
Soliman in an eliminator for the WBC and IBF crowns before drawing
with world number one Jermaine Taylor.
Post 2006, seeing the southpaw in action became a rarity. He
lost a catchweight contest with Bernard Hopkins in the summer of
2007, before dropping unanimous verdicts to Paul Williams in 2009
and Quillin recently.
Mosley, 40, missed out on a place at the 1992 Olympic Games
after losing a trial bout against Vernon Forrest, but he set about
the pro game in empathic fashion, winning his first 38
His first world title success came at the Mohegan Sun Casino in
Uncasville, Connecticut in August 1997 when he outscored Phillip
Holiday over 12 rounds to take the IBF lightweight title.
After making eight successful defences, he jumped up to
welterweight and soon found himself pitched against the star of US
boxing, Oscar De La Hoya.
Against the odds, Mosley collected a controversial split
decision to become WBC champion and put the bauble on the line
three times before losing twice to the Vernon Forrest - the man who
had dashed his Olympic hopes a decade earlier.
In 2003 he again won a close and contentious affair against De
La Hoya, this time with the WBC and WBA light-middleweight
championships up for grabs.
But his third stint as a world champion didn't last long as
Winky Wright beat him on points twice in 2004.
"Sugar" Shane battled his way back into contention during the
summer of 2006 when he beat brash American-Mexican Fernando Vargas
for the second time in the space of four months.
However, he did not feel that light-middleweight was the best
place to further his career and dropped down to welterweight again.
The Californian impressed in outboxing Luis Collazo but lost his
world title challenge to Miguel Cotto.
Following a last gasp knockout of Ricardo Mayorga in September
2008, Mosley became a world champion again when he knocked out
Antonio Margarito inside nine rounds to take the WBA crown in
It was a bout which was shrouded in controversy because prior to
the bout Mosley's trainer Nazim Richardson discovered that
Margarito was wearing illegal hand wraps. Margarito was allowed to
box after his fists had been wrapped properly but was later given a
The win proved to be Mosley's last moment of success as he lost
to pound for pound greats Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao,
drew with Sergio Mora and then dropped a decision to Saul 'Canelo'
Alvarez last month.