Mosley - "Australian boxing is like the mafia days"
Sugar Shane Mosley has likened Australian boxing to "the mafia days" - an indication of just how far the sport has tumbled in the past decade.
As revealed exclusively by The Daily Telegraph, ageing US great Mosley walked out on his Sydney fight with Anthony Mundine - scheduled for last night - after remaining payments on his $1 million purse were not met.
Asked about the debacle upon returning to Los Angeles, Mosley compared the Australian fight scene to being "like the mafia days" - admitting to fearing the Mundine fight was set be swayed by dodgy referees, officials and illegal betting.
One of the greatest fighters of the modern era also confirmed reports in The Daily Telegraph today that he would not be returning for a proposed card, to be promoted by Team Mundine, in Brisbane on December 4.
"It seems like they're still behind the times with their boxing - it's like the mafia days,'' future Hall of Famer Mosley said in an interview with fighthype.com.
"I'm hearing that people watch the judges; they're sitting behind them looking at them while they mark their scores and shit.
"Their commission is not really strong like ours, so it's like anything goes. That's what I kept hearing."
Mosley said he was not convinced he would be paid the rest of his purse and added: "And then the referees and judges; I don't know who they were. I think they were Aborigine refs and judges or something.
"It was bootleg. I was like, 'Naw, y'all crazy. Y'all trippin'. So I was instructed to get on the plane and get my ass back because it ain't happening."
Mosley also said he feared "being stiffed" when members of Team Mundine phoned him at Sydney airport, shortly before he departed, claiming they now had the $700,000 still owed to him.
"Even up until the fight, they didn't have the money," he said.
"I'm at the airport and Anthony Mundine's manager was trying to call me, but he ended up getting (partner) Bella (Gonzalez) on the phone. He's telling her, 'Tell Shane don't leave. We have the $700,000 now'.
"Bella was like, 'We're about to board the plane right now'. We're at the airport, bags ready to go, and he's talking about don't leave.
"It was contracted that they have it 10 days before the fight. I waited 10, 9 all the way to 3 days before the fight, and they still didn't have the money.
"It's a breach of contract. Vlad (Warton) and Millenium breached the contract. We tried; Golden Boy (Promotions) tried ... We were about to get stiffed."
Mosley said embattled promoter Warton had promised to have the $700,000 still owing on his purse paid 10 days before the fight.
"They were supposed to give me $700,000 before I entered the ring 10 days before the fight," he said.
"He (Warton) couldn't be found. He was trying to get the money, the $700,000. So what was going on is he wouldn't answer them until the last minute.
"And by the way, they only sold 1500 seats, and that was like a day before the weigh-in, so that means that they didn't even have enough to pay me let alone Anthony Mundine, so what are they gonna pay?"
Mosley said he was unaware until later than the $300,000 he was paid was provided by Australian fight legend Jeff Fenech, who is out of pocket about $460,000 from the failed bout. Mosley said the payment plan seemed shady from the outset.
"They're talking about a line of credit and then Jeff threw some money up, so he has an investment in it, and then you have this other guy who's going to pay a little bit, $200,000," he said.
"All these people gotta get their money back, so how are they gonna do that. That's crazy. It was a whole bunch of underground bull. The end result was not going to be good. Win, lose or draw, the end result was not going to be good."