Sergio Mora and Shane Mosley failed in their objectives on Saturday night after fighting out a draw in a light-middleweight match that swung one way and then the other.
For Mosley 39, a chance at one last super-fight will have to wait as former WBC Champion Mora frustrated the former four-time world champion in a contest that failed to ignite to the Staples Center crowd’s frustration.
Mora now moves to 22-1-2 and any hopes of getting back into world title contention hang on a probable rematch in a few months time.
Some of the reporters in press row had the decision swinging either way with some having it 117-111 to Mora and others having it 117-111 to Mosley.
Both fighters started off slowly with the first three rounds being rather dull but the action picked up in the fourth as Mora tried to take the fight to Mosley who seemed happy to hold on.
With Mora still controlling the pace, Mora caught Mosley with a clean left in the sixth round before Mosley came back with his work on the inside in the seventh.
Mosley came more into the fight in the later rounds and seemed to be challenging Mora to a slugfest without success as “The Latin Snake” stayed out of reach a lot with his long jab.
Mora seemed to be tiring by the eleventh, Mosley trapped Mora on the ropes and wanted to try to end the fight there and then, catching Mora flush with the best punch of the night.
Both men went for it in the last round and gave the subdued crowd something to cheer till the final bell, after which the scores read 115-113 (Mora), 116-112 (Mosley) with the final judge Lou Moret scoring it 114-114.
“Sugar” Shane’s record stands at 46-6-1 with the result being the former three-weight world champion’s first career draw with a probable rematch with Mora on the cards.
On the undercard, former WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon gained a shot at the featherweight version after knocking out Antonio Escalante in the third round with a lovely right hook.
Victor Ortiz may have ended the career of former world champion Vivian Harris after knocking him down three times in the second before finishing the job in the third round to move to 28-2-1.
Finally, unbeaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez came of age as the 20-year-old beat an aging Carlos Baldimir with an impressive 6th round KO to improve his record 34-0-1.