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SERGIO MORA: "I AM WILLING TO GO OUT ON MY SHIELD AND SO IS SHANE"

By Jonathan Ramirez | July 02, 2010
SERGIO MORA:

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mosley, but he is coming off a very long layoff himself, so both of us are coming off long layoffs. I have a win and he has a loss...I learned a lot of tricks from Vernon and you guys are going to see me implement that when I fight Shane because, like you said, he beat Shane twice, so I am taking a lot from my fights with Vernon...I have a lot to prove to people that I am not just a contender type fighter, and Shane has a lot to prove to the people who think he is done, so two guys in a big event, big stage and on a big night, and it will come down to a battle of attrition and the winner will be the fans because I am willing to go out on my shield and so is Shane," stated former jr. middleweight champion Sergio Mora as he talked about his September 18 showdown with former welterweight champion Shane Mosley. Check it out!

JRAM: How is everything going Sergio?

SM: Good! Good, man; excited about this announcement and excited about this fight.

JRAM: I reported a few days ago here on FightHype about the fight between you and Shane being close to a done deal. It's now a go for the 18th of September. Can you tell me about the specifics?

SM: Well, it's definitely a done deal. Monday is when I got a call from Richard Schaeffer and Richard had proposed a fight to me and as the real deal, but he wanted to cancel July 23rd because they were going to invest a lot of money into the promotion and it was going to be a week long event over here in LA, so he wanted me to make sure that I wanted this fight and that I was going to be alright pulling out on the 23rd and I said, "You know, for this opportunity and this big event, of course," and I did.

JRAM: Your last fight was in April and you have to be happy that you are already getting back in the ring and staying active as opposed to that 17-month layoff you went through previously.

SM: Yeah, the long layoff that I had in my career was because I never really had been with a promoter. You know, before The Contender, I went 11-0 as a professional with no promoter and I pretty much did it on my own. Then I signed a 5-year deal with The Contender and they didnt keep me active enough because they didn't have the dates. So in reality, Golden Boy is the first promotional company I've been with nine years into my career and I am finally going to be active.

JRAM: In your last fight, in the beginning, you seemed to show some rust from that long layoff, but towards the end, you seemed to start clicking on all cylinders. Do you feel that only going 7 rounds in your last fight is enough rounds to fight a fighter like Shane Mosley? Do you have any concerns regarding that?

SM: Yeah, I am always going to be concerned, of course, but I feel I have had three or four serious camps before my April fight. I thought I was going to be fighting Kelly Pavlik twice and then I was going to be fighting on the Shane Mosley/Andre Berto undercard, so I had a camp for that, and then of course I had my camp for Calvin Green, so I had four hard camps where I had good sparring and then I went seven rounds, got hit, got cut and got the knockout, so I feel I am on point. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mosley, but he is coming off a very long layoff himself, so both of us are coming off long layoffs. I have a win and he has a loss. 

JRAM: You have some impressive credentials, Sergio, fighting on a national stage and winning the entire Contender series, and having already become a champion, but more interestingly, the only loss on your record came from the late Vernon Forrest, may he rest in piece, who Shane has fought against twice and lost. How much of a confidence factor will play into that, going in knowing you hold a win over a fighter that beat Mosley twice convincingly?

SM: Yeah, you know, may god rest Vernon Forrest's soul. That second loss was more due to weight drain and not having enough time to train as opposed to his skill, but I cant take nothing away from him. He has the win and he beat me and there is no shame in losing to a guy like that. I learned so much from him. I actually learned so much from that loss than I did when I actually won the title. I am not the first fighter to say that and I know I won't be the last because you learn so much from a loss and the character of a person really comes out and the character of a fighter comes out. I learned a lot of tricks from Vernon and you guys are going to see me implement that when I fight Shane because, like you said, he beat Shane twice, so I am taking a lot from my fights with Vernon.

JRAM: After Shane's one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather, many feel he has truly lost a step and feel he should retire. I personally feel that this is the worst time to fight a great fighter like Shane because he will be at his most dangerous and looking to use you to make a statement, like he did when he was a heavy underdog against Margaritom who he knocked out. What are you thoughts on this?

SM: Oh, of course! I know exactly where your going here. I have thought about that already. They have counted out Shane about four or five times already. You don't understand the sport if you're going to give up on a legend, a Hall of Famer, one of the best fighters of our era, just because he lost a one-sided fight to the best fighter in the world. It isn't like he got beat up by a nobody or he got knocked out. He lost to Floyd Mayweather, who makes everyone look bad. And do you think, because of that, I am going to believe I am fighting a washed up Shane Mosley? HELLL NOOOO! Not Shane Mosley. I have a lot of respect, a lot of love, to a Hall of Famer and one of the best fighters of our era.

JRAM: You are coming down in weight for this fight and Shane is moving up. Do you feel that this will play a factor, being that you're the naturally bigger man?

SM: (Long pause) I hope so (laughing). I hope it does, but Shane is a strong guy. I remember hanging out with him one time one weekend when we were in Canada, for the EA Sports Fight Night game, and we were just hanging out and I remember him saying that even when he was in high school, he was benching like three hundred pounds, so this is a strong, strong fighter. I really don't think I will have the strength advantage. I will just have the height and reach advantage.

JRAM: What can the fans expect from you on fight night?

SM: One thing I always bring is the same thing Shane Mosley always brings, speed, guts and the determination, and no matter what, to always give it your all 'till the end. There is no quit in me and there is no quit in Shane and when you get two guys like that, who have a lot to prove, and I have a lot to prove to people that I am not just a contender type fighter, and Shane has a lot to prove to the people who think he is done, so two guys in a big event, big stage and on a big night, and it will come down to a battle of attrition and the winner will be the fans because I am willing to go out on my shield and so is Shane.

JRAM: I have always enjoyed watching you fight. I followed you on The Contender and through your career. It was a pleasure to talk with you bro and have you on with FightHype. Best of luck in your fight with Mosley. I know you won't disappoint. Do you have any final thoughts or closing comments that you want to end this interview with?

SM: Thank you for that Jonathan, I appreciate that, and I want to thank all my fans on sergiomora.net and all my loyal people in the snake pit and the people in the streets who come up to me and ask when I am going to fight again. I am here! I'm finally with a big promoter and a great manager, Cameron Dunkin, and you are going to be seeing a lot of me. I am fighting in my hometown and looking forward to getting another win at Staples Center. I am excited in the future and the future of Mexican-American Boxing and we need a Latin fighter to come out and that's what I plan on doing.

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