Mosley (41-4, 35 KOs) hailing from Lynwood, California has been world champion at lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight thus being known as the best pound for pound fighter in many boxing circles. His win in June of 2000 over Oscar De La Hoya placed him in such a great position by winning the welterweight title but his 2 losses to Vernon Forrest (former Olympic opponent) and Winky Wright had many wondering if Sugar was still sweet in the ring. Mosely says “I am mentally prepared for this fight. My work ethic is better, and my intensity is higher than it has been in the past. This is a big fight, and I want to use this fight and the ones after it to make a statement that I am the best fighter in the world.”
Vargas (26-2, 22 KOs) hailing from Oxnard, California has had an extraordinary amateur record of 100-5. He turned pro in 1997 and was named “Fighter of the year” in 1999 by the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In September of 2002, Vargas surrendered his WBA and IBA titles to Oscar de la Hoya in an historical jr. middleweight championship unification showdown that went 11 of 12 rounds. He returned to the ring on July 26, 2003, and hammered WBC #1 ranked jr. middleweight contender Fitz Vanderpool to earn a sixth round stoppage (TKO 6). Vargas wore down Vanderpool with lead rights to the head and crippling combinations to the body before ending the bout at 2:36 of round six with a 14-punch flurry.
After a 15-month layoff he returned on March 26, 2005, to dominate IBF #7 ranked middleweight contender Raymond Joval and capture a unanimous decision by the scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 (W 10).
In his last bout on August 20, 2005, Vargas floored two-time world champion Javier Castillejo in round three on his way to capturing a unanimous decision (W 10). Nearly 10,000 fight fans jammed the Allstate Arena to watch the Oxnard, CA two-time jr. middleweight champion outbox Castillejo.
Vargas says “I am not going to disrespect Shane Mosley. He is a world champion and I consider him a friend. I actually have nothing but love for Shane Mosley; nothing but love. But on February 25, when that bell rings, there are no friends in the ring.”
Stay tuned to see what happens.