Sweet as sugar

LAS VEGAS, Reuters

The unbeaten Shane Mosley retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) world welterweight title by knocking out Britain’s Adrian Stone in the third round at Caesars Palace on Saturday night.

Considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, American Mosley, 29, spent the first two rounds throwing uppercuts and body shots to try to stand up Stone, who stayed low while bobbing and weaving.

But midway through the third round, Mosley, who has won all his 38 fights — 35 inside the distance — found his range. He connected with a big right hand that stunned the challenger and followed up with three more powerful rights.

The clinching blow was a thunderous left hook and Mosley added another right as Stone, who trains in New Jersey, was sent toppling.

Mosley has scored early-round knockouts in all three of his title defences since dethroning Oscar de la Hoya in June 2000.

After knocking out Stone, Mosley said he wanted a rematch with de la Hoya because he believed it was a fight the fans wanted to see.

On the same card, Michael Grant, who fought Lennox Lewis for the undisputed world heavyweight title in April 2000, injured his ankle after being floored in the first round by the unheralded Jameel McCline in their non-title bout.

McCline landed a powerful left hook with his first punch of the fight and sent Grant to the canvas. Grant’s right ankle buckled under his 254 pounds and was twisted at an odd angle.

Grant was clearly stunned and hurt but got up to continue. However, he quickly found out he could not put any weight on his foot and was easy prey for his former sparring partner, whose pounding forced the stoppage inside a minute.