25 Jan 2009

Mosley wins WBA welterweight title

5:41 pm on 25 January 2009

American challenger Shane Mosley claimed the WBA welterweight title with a stunning ninth round stoppage of Mexican Antonio Margarito in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old veteran softened up his opponent with a series of blistering combinations in the eighth round before ending the fight with a flurry in the ninth.

Mosley's slick hand and foot speed made the difference as he improved his career record to 46-5 with 39 knockouts.

Margarito had claimed the title in Les Vegas last July by stopping Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.