“Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ronald “Winky” Wright, two of boxing’s elite fighters from the late 90s through early 2000s, have officially announced their retirements.
Their announcements follow two lopsided losses: Mosley dropping a unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez on May 5, and Wright losing a wide decision last Saturday against Peter Quillin. Mosley has not won a bout since defeating Antonio Margarito in January 2009. Wright, who’s only fought four bouts in the last six years, had his last victory in December 2006 against Ike Quartey.
“When the kids start beating you up, it may be time to start promotion,” Mosley told The RING.
“It was fun while it lasted. I did what I set out to do and that was to be great,” said Wright on Twitter. “Part of being a good boxer is knowing when to call it quits… If I can’t be the champion again there’s no need to keep boxing.”
Both fighters found much sucess throughout their careers. Mosley made nine defenses of the IBF lightweight title (1997-1999) before jumping to welterweight and defeating Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC title in 2000. He would later capture the WBC light middleweight belt in a 2003 De La Hoya rematch and recapture the lineal welterweight title against Margarito in 2009. Wright became the first man to unify the WBA, WBC and IBF light middleweight titles by defeating Shane Mosley in 2004. In addition, Wright has held the WBO middleweight title.
Mosley retires with a final record of 46-8-1 with 39 KOs. Wright finishes 51-6-1 with 25 KOs.