South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden is setting off for Big Bear Mountains next week to begin training with former world champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley in California.
The 28 year-old is coming off a first career stoppage loss to Errol Spence Jr back in September which ultimately has resulted in the parting of ways with Freddie Roach and his set-up at the Wild Card Gym.
Van Heerden has now regrouped and has been working on some new things in camp that he hopes will be able to be put into practice after spending some more quality time with Mosley next month.
“It all ended well with Freddie and myself, but right now I need a lot of attention and Freddie being so busy, I realized it’s better for me to move on to where I’ll get it,” Van Heerden exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I will be heading up to Big Bear to train alongside Shane Mosley and hope to be back in the ring in the next two months. I’m ready for the call to come and I understand that it may be at short notice, but Shane believes I can definitely come again and thinks there are things we can work on together that will help me moving forward.
“I just want to get back in there to show that I still have what it takes and look forward to doing that with a great champion like ‘Sugar’ Shane. I can’t wait to get started and when that call comes I’ll be ready.”
‘The Heat’ recorded four straight victories on the back of a switch from his homeland to Los Angeles in 2013, but the loss of his promoter Michael King, who passed away suddenly last year, has set Van Heerden back somewhat.
The big-hearted southpaw will be working with a newly rejuvenated Mosley, who at 44 has scored back-to-back stoppage victories himself following an absence of 21 months from 2013 to 2015.