Originally created 07/20/02

Fight predictions

Members of the media covering tonight's WBC welterweight title fight between Augusta native Vernon Forrest and Shane Mosley make their predictions:

Josh Katzowitz, The Augusta Chronicle, Mosley in split decision: "Sometimes a loss can be the best thing for a great boxer. Look at Roy Jones, when he destroyed Montell Griffin after getting disqualified in their first fight. Mosley is too hungry to let Forrest off the hook this time."

Damon Hack, New York Times, Forrest by unanimous decision: "I know it's a cliche, but styles make fights, just like when (Ken) Norton gave (Muhammad) Ali fits. Forrest has beaten this guy twice, and that's got to weigh heavily on Mosley's mind, whether he admits it or not."

Steve Hummer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forrest with knockout in ninth round: "He's bigger and better. He's crawling around inside Shane's head."

Tom Archdeacon, Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Mosley in unanimous decision: "'Sugar' will be sweet again. He'll outbox (Forrest), and he'll be the old sweet 'Sugar' again."

Sekou Smith, Indianapolis Star, Forrest in split decision: "I just don't think the first fight was a fluke when a guy beats another guy convincingly twice."

John Curran, The Associated Press, Mosley in split decision: "I think he's hungry, and he's got the experience to know what to expect from Forrest, whereas he didn't the last time."

Michael Hirsley, Chicago Tribune, Mosley in unanimous decision: "He's going to do a better job of nullifying Forrest's reach. If he can get inside, Mosley has the faster hands."

Jeff Pearlman, Sports Illustrated, Forrest in split decision: "(Forrest) beat him pretty good in the last fight. But it's going to be a good fight."

Dan Rafael, USA Today, Forrest in 10th-round KO: "A lot of times rematches produce the same result as the first fight. This is that typical kind of rematch."


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