Mosley Settles for Draw Against Mora

Sugar Shane Mosley could not land the big shots when he needed them while Sergio Mora failed to land enough clean punches as their fight on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles ended in a draw.

Mosley, who was seeking redemption after a lopsided defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May, was on the attack from the start, but had trouble chasing the defensive specialist Mora. Mosley landed more punches, but Mora took several rounds by hitting his opponent with timely shots. Judge David Denkin gave the fight to Mosley, 116-112, while judge Kermit Bayless saw Mora winning, 115-113. Judge Lou Moret had the fight even 114-114.

Mora said he could have won the fight had he not decided to slow down in the late rounds. “I should’ve listened to my corner,” he said. “They were telling me that it was a close fight. I thought I was winning, so I didn’t fight as hard because I have respect for Shane. I didn’t want to hurt him.”

The fight was the only one among the four main matches that did not end in knockout. Earlier, Saul Alvarez stopped Carlos Baldomir in the sixth round; Victor Ortiz knocked out Vivian Harris in the third round; while Daniel Ponce de Leon halted Antonio Escalante in the third round.