Undefeated "Sugar" Shane Mosley won a split 12-round decision over Oscar de la Hoya, dethroning the "Golden Boy" on Saturday to become the new World Boxing Council welterweight king.
Mosley and De La Hoya had a crowd of some 20,000 in the Staples Center roaring throughout the 12 rounds as they matched boxing skills and punching power.
Mosley rose to 35-0 with 32 triumphs by knockout while de la Hoya suffered his second loss in 34 pro fights, but his second in the past three after falling to Puerto Rico's Felix Trinidad last September.
Two judges rated Mosley the winner by counts of 116-112 and 115-113 while the third saw de la Hoya winning by a 115-113 margin.
"We put on a spectacular fight," Mosley said. "It was a great fight, a close fight. "We went soul searching. We showed we're two great warriors. De la Hoya is a great champion. I was just a better man tonight."
De la Hoya had the better payday, making $15 million for the bout to only $4.5 million for Mosley.
Mosley captured the International Boxing Federation lightweight title in 1997 and made eight successful defenses before abandoning the belt because the rigors and struggles of making the weight limit, prompted him to step up into de la Hoya's path.
"This means a lot to me because I showed the world who 'Sugar' Shane Mosley was," Mosley said. "Deep inside, I am the true champion, just as well as he is a true champion."
De la Hoya has stayed at welterweight while Trinidad has moved up to super welterweight and might go further still – (Several Sources)
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