Former three-division boxing world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley looks to make it two straight when he steps into the ring to face Patrick Lopez on Dec. 17 inside the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City.
The two square off for the WBA’s international title at welterweight.
“I will fight at the WBA Convention in honor of [WBA President] Mr. Gilberto Mendoza,” Mosley said to Boxing Scene. “He has been sick and I’ve always thought about him and his family. I spent a lot of time with him in Panama. So I told him I would be at Christmas with him and fight in his event ‘KO Drugs.’ I’m fighting for my friend Gilberto. If I can raise his spirits, I’m happy to oblige. I’m ready to show the world that I’m still world class.”
Mosley last fought against Ricardo Mayorga in August, competing in a rematch of their bout six years ago. Mosley won both bouts by KO, the first in Round 6 and the second in Round 12. At 44 years old, Mosley is 2-3 in his last five bouts, with notable losses coming against Manny Pacquiao and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
A Venezuela native, Lopez twice represented his country in the Olympics. He fell short of medaling in both events, losing to Alexandr Maletin as a lightweight in Sydney and dropping a loss to Michele di Rocco as a welterweight in Athens. Over a decade of professional experience, Lopez last fought in November 2014, seeing his hand raised for the third straight time with a fourth-round knockout against Luis Martinez.