By Craig Watt
WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley has been in Sydney, Australia this week and gave his opinion of Australian Boxing on Fox Sports News. He stated, “Boxing in Australia is in great shape and I saw with my own eyes this week some of the talent that exists over here. In Anthony Mundine, Vic Darchinyan and Michael Katsidis you have some real world class fighters and just underneath that level you have some excellent prospects. The sport over here is in great shape and I am sure will be exciting in the years to come. When you look at the boxing styles of Vic Darchynian and Michael Katsidis they fight like American fans love- with their hearts on their sleeve. They come to fight and fans want to see this style and approach. They put bums on seats and they excite boxing fans. They are great fighters with a great pedigree and deserve the positive praise they get. We love exciting fighters in exciting fights and they certainly provide this. Vic Darchynian is such an exciting fighter – one of the best in world boxing and is putting impact on the world stage for Australian boxing. The future of Australian boxing is sweet.”
Mosley was in Sydney to see his friend, twenty two year old lightweight contender Billy Dibb (22-1, 11 KO’s) continue his development with an eight round technical decision over previously unbeaten Davey Browne on Wednesday. Dibb’s only loss was a failed challenge to Steve Luevano for the WBO lightweight title in October 2008, when he lost on points over twelve rounds.
Mosley discussed the merits of former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine by stating, “He has great hand speed and he is definitely an excellent fighter but I am not sure whether he has the chin to take the punches of the real top contenders in the world. We really need to see Mundine prove himself against the real top world contenders in world boxing before we see how good a fighter he is.”
When asked about his own future, the 37 year old WBA 147 pound champion stated, “I feel in great shape now and I feel I am the best welterweight out there. I am looking to the winner of the Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton fight and I also have Miguel Cotto on my radar. My immediate target is to see who wins the May fight between Hatton and Pacquiao and we will take it from there. I am the best welterweight out there and if Paquiao is considered the best pound for pound fighter that is where I am going to be- I am not going anywhere and want to fight the best in world boxing.”