Five-time world champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley will return to the ring against fellow American Andre Berto in a non-title welterweight bout after Christmas.
Mosley, 38, has not fought since he claimed the WBA welterweight crown with a stunning ninth round stoppage of Mexican Antonio Margarito in Los Angeles 10 months ago.
Since then, he has tried without success to secure bouts with high-profile boxers such as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.
“I am so excited to be back in the ring again,” Mosley told reporters at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino after organisers announced the 30 Januaryfight. “It’s going to be a tremendous bout.
“I’ve forgotten more about the fight game than Berto knows and the world will see that. He’s a good fighter but he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”
Mosley, (46-5, 39 KOs), said he had quickly come to terms with his failure to get other leading welterweights into the ring.
“I was trying to get the big fights, I was trying to get the fans what they wanted. But these other guys don’t want to fight me because I am the most gifted. I am the best.
Berto last defended his WBC welterweight title against Juan Urango in Florida in May.
“This is the fight I have waited my whole career for and now it is finally a reality,” said Berto, 26, who has an unbeaten record of 25-0 with 19 knockouts.