After never traveling abroad for a fight in the first 19 years of his professional boxing career, "Sugar" Shane Mosley might be becoming a world traveler as he approaches his 42nd birthday. Mosley went to Mexico in May to beat Pablo Cesar Cano for his first win in over four years, and he appears headed to Australia next for an October clash with Anthony Mundine.
Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KO) will turn 42 in September, and a fight with the 38-year-old Mundine (44-5, 26 KO) is probably the most financially viable bout out there for him. Showtime has made pretty clear that they're not interested in Mosley fights at this time, and the win over Cano didn't really build any buzz for Shane, either. And as long as Mosley is working with Golden Boy, Showtime or lesser channels like Fox Sports Net are his only options.
Going to Australia to face Mundine, then, makes sense. Visits from faded American stars like Roy Jones Jr and Antonio Tarver have done solid business the last few years, and Mundine always stirs up controversy and promotes his fights well, so there's a good chance it would be a box office hit.
From an American standpoint, the fight isn't going to do much for Mosley (or Mundine, for that matter, who failed gloriously at the gate last year in Vegas, and seems to have abandoned his ridiculous ideas of U.S. stardom). But if Shane's going to fight, this is a relatively low-risk sort of fight for what should be decent money. It's hard to argue against it -- if, again, we concede that he's going to fight.