All questions as to how a 35-year old former two-time world champion could rebound from a loss to the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and defeat a younger, stronger fighter were answered last night when Sharmba Mitchell pounded out a clear, unanimous-decision victory in the ten-round welterweight main event over rugged Jose Luis Cruz in Cathedral City, CA.
With his impressive win, which was seen by a national TV audience on ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” -- presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions – Mitchell
(57-5, 30 KOs), known as boxing’s “Little Big Man”, proclaimed himself worthy and ready to step in for the Ricardo Mayorga if the crazy man continues his antics of pulling out of the fight. “I weighed 146 ½ at the weigh-in and 155 entering the ring last night. Oscar said he was weighing 151 yesterday. I’m serious, I’m prepared to fight tomorrow at the super welterweight level,” stated Mitchell.
“Sharmba looked sensational against Cruz,” promoter Dan Goossen declared. “He said he was ready to fight the winner of Gatti-Baldomir right after the fight, but with Mayorga hanging out there, he called his manager Nate Peake and said he would be willing to fight this Saturday against Oscar. Crazy business this boxing.”