Shane Mosley Jr. set for pro debut

Updated: April 23, 2014, 3:44 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Sugar Shane Mosley won world titles as a lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight and was, in the early 2000s, widely regarded as the pound-for-pound king. Eventually, he is likely to be elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

His career likely came to an end in November when he was stopped in the seventh round by Anthony Mundine in a junior middleweight fight in Australia, a loss that dropped the 42-year-old to 1-4-1 since 2010.

But the Mosley name will fight on.

His oldest son, 23-year-old Shane Mosley Jr., is set to make his professional debut Saturday night in Port Hueneme, Calif.

His scheduled four-round middleweight bout against Mark Cordoba is on the undercard of the UniMas-televised main event between junior welterweights Jose Zepeda and Rob Frankel. Mosley's bout could make the Spanish-language telecast, but it depends on how long the other fights go.

"I feel great, excited and ready," Mosley Jr. said of preparing for his pro debut. "The pressure [of his name] and notoriety comes with the territory, but I am prepared to do the best I can."

He will have help from his father, who serves as his trainer. That follows along the family way; Jack Mosley, Shane's father, trained him for much of his career.

Mosley Jr., who estimates his amateur record was about 37-10, said his style is different from his father's. Senior was known for his tremendous combination of speed and power.

"The way I am different is that I am taller and longer, so I have to fight a different style," he said. "The similarities are that I punch hard and I am tough."

He is happy that his dad is his trainer, even though those pairings don't always work out. In fact, Shane and Jack split up more than once during his career, although they always found their way back to each other.

"I have hit the mitts with other trainers, but I know my father has my best interest at heart, and he has experience at the top level," Mosley Jr. said. "Also, my father is critiquing me different than just as a coach."

Regardless of what he can accomplish as a professional, he knows his famous name will always carry expectations. But Mosley Jr. has one goal.

"Just trying to be the best," he said.

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