"Sugar" wants action taken against De La Hoya

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The post-fight grappling between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya continued on Tuesday with Mosley's camp requesting action against the former WBA and WBC super welterweight champion. Mosley won a controversial 12-round decision over De La Hoya in Las Vegas Saturday night with all three judges scoring the bout 115-113.

De La Hoya threw and landed more punches in the fight, but still suffered the same fate as he did in his last matchup against Mosley, De La Hoya's last loss. De La Hoya's handlers planned to protest Saturday's decision with the Nevada Boxing Commission.

It was reported that De La Hoya's promoter, Bob Arum, claimed he had evidence of a conspiracy involving the three judges for the fight to score the bout in favor of Mosley. Anek Hongtongkam from Thailand, Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa and Duane Ford of Las Vegas were the ringside judges on Saturday night.

The team representing Mosley filed an official request with the Nevada State Athletic

Commission asking

that the

Commission immediately

commence disciplinary proceedings against De La Hoya and his promoters.

"There is no doubt that Sugar Shane and Oscar fought a good, close fight," said Gary Shaw, Mosley's promoter. "But let's not lose sight of the fact that "Sugar" Shane won by unanimous decision and the vast majority of the ringside media scored the fight for "Sugar" Shane too. I will not allow "Sugar" Shane's accomplishment on Saturday night to be overshadowed by the vicious and malicious poison emanating from Arum and De La Hoya. This goes beyond bad sportsmanship, way beyond."

Mosley's attorney, Judd Burstein, submitted a letter to Luther Mack, chairman of the NSAC. In the letter, Burstein wrote, "the suggestion that Mr. Mosley's victory was the result of a fix is outrageous and dishonest. Mr. De La Hoya would be better served by looking in the mirror for the cause of his loss."

"If Arum and De La Hoya have proof of misconduct, they should come forward with it," Burstein wrote in the letter. "But if, as we believe to be the case, they are merely engaged in a disingenuous effort to avoid admitting that Mr. De La Hoya lost fair and square, there should be consequences."

De La Hoya was looking to avenge the last meeting between the fighters, when Mosley clearly outboxed and outpunched De La Hoya en route to a split- decision at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2000.

De La Hoya, who said he would retire if he did not beat Mosley, will take time to evaluate his decision on the future. As for a third fight between the pair, De La Hoya declined to consider it on the spot.

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