Victorious Mosley Wants Shot at Mayweather

By KEN PETERS, AP Sports Writer Sun Feb 26, 6:24 PM ET

LAS VEGAS - Shane Mosley moved back into the boxing limelight by stopping Fernando Vargas, and now he wants a shot at a bigger match.

"Floyd Mayweather is a talent. Pound-for-pound, we're two guys with great skills," Mosley said. "It should be a great fight."

Mosley, whose once-shining career dimmed when he lost twice to Vernon Forrest in 2002 and twice to Winky Wright in 2004, restored some luster when he stopped Vargas in the 10th round Saturday night.

The 34-year-old Mosley was, however, far from dominant in beating Vargas, who also was trying to get his career back on track.

Their scheduled 12-round junior middleweight match at the Mandalay Bay Events Center turned out to be sort of an extended one-punch fight.

Mosley caught Vargas with a stiff right to his left eye in the first round, and the knot over Vargas' eye continued to swell as Mosley peppered it in the following rounds.

By the seventh, Vargas' eye was swollen shut.

Referee Joe Cortez finally stopped the fight at 1:22 of the 10th round after Mosley landed several shots to the head.

The judges had scored the bout extremely close through the first nine rounds, with Mosley ahead by a point on each of two cards and Vargas up by a point on the other.

"Before I knew it, his eye was swollen like a balloon," Mosley said. "As the rounds went on, it got bigger and bigger, and I went, `Wow, look what we have here."

The 28-year-old Vargas, who kept gamely coming at Mosley until the end, was disappointed that the referee called it.

"I didn't think it was that bad," he said. "I could still see. I would have stepped it up if I thought they wanted to stop it. I was the one pushing the action, backing him into the ropes."

Vargas said he wanted a rematch at 154 pounds, but that's unlikely since Mosley said he's going back down to welterweight at 147. Mosley weighed 152 and Vargas 153 1/2.

Mosley, from Pomona, Calif., improved to 42-4 with his 36th knockout. Vargas, from Oxnard, Calif., is 26-3, with 22 knockouts.

Vargas' purse was $4 million, $1 million more than Mosley got.

Mosley, who was fighting for Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, isn't the only one who wants a match against Mayweather.

De La Hoya, saying he intends to fight two more times before retiring, is scheduled to face Ricardo Mayorga in Las Vegas on May 6, and said he would like to close out his career with a September bout against Mayweather.

De La Hoya is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Mayweather Jr. is 35-0 with 24 knockouts. He will try for his fourth title in different weight classes when he fights IBF welterweight champion Zab Judah on April 8 in Las Vegas.

On the Mosley-Vargas undercard, Jhonny Gonzalez stopped Mark Johnson in the eighth round of their scheduled 12-round bout, and unbeaten heavyweight Calvin Brock (28-0) knocked out journeyman Zuri Lawrence in the fifth round of their 10-round match.