Respect behind Mosley's rematch with Vargas

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Although Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas stared menacingly into each other's eyes at the weigh-in, there was a mutual regard behind the usual bravado.

Respect behind Mosley's rematch with Vargas

Las Vegas:

Although Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas stared menacingly into each other's eyes at the weigh-in, there was a mutual regard behind the usual boxing bravado. And as long as Vargas has both of those eyes open in the fighters' rematch on Saturday night, fans could see another bout just as thrilling as Mosley's controversial 10th-round victory in their first matchup five months ago. While Vargas growled and Mosley smirked through the pre-fight events, their 70-kilogram non-title matchup is shaping up as another compelling intersection of two Southern California natives and longtime acquaintances. Just don't expect any real theatrics outside the ring at the MGM Grand. "There's a mutual respect between both of us, because we've been in the ring with each other, and we know what we have to do," Vargas said. "We don't have to say anything." The rematch came together quickly because both fighters had unfinished business from February - and their promoters quickly recognised the appeal of another go-round. Vargas (26-3, 22 KOs) thought he was winning that first fight despite a grotesque swelling over his left eye. He was infuriated when it was stopped, and the volatile fighter claimed Mosley's head-butts were the only thing keeping him from victory. Almost nobody else saw it that way. Mosley (42-4, 36 KOs) was leading on two judges' scorecards, and Vargas' swelling appeared to be caused by Sugar Shane's peppering right hand, not his head. With his vaunted athleticism and speed, Mosley is a slight favorite in his first fight since re-hiring his father, Jack, as his trainer. The younger Mosley essentially fired his father three bouts earlier, but reunited with no apparent hard feelings and a renewed desire to maximise the talents they've nurtured together since Shane was eight-years-old. (AP)

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