[COMMUNITY] Jin Mosely - Irish/Korean Wife of Shane Mosley
- She's Looking Forward to the Day the Fighting Stops
When Jin Mosley's husband goes to work Saturday night, he will be
bashing somebody in the head and getting bashed back. It is what he
does and what she dislikes.
"I have hated boxing from the first day," she says.
She is relatively new to this world. She met Shane Mosley seven
years ago and married him three years later. On the biggest night of
his career, June 17, 2000, the night he beat Oscar De La Hoya at
Staples Center, she showed up late because she had been shopping at
the mall, then left early to meet some friends, thinking he had lost.
"I don't see the attraction of the sport," she says. "When I first
met Shane, I had no idea people actually made money boxing. I like
it now because I have to, but when I watch it, I mostly watch people
When she met Mosley, through some friends on Long Island in New
York, where she is from, she says she had an immediate reaction when
told he was a professional boxer.
"I asked him what his Plan B was," she says.
For the former Jin Sheehan "I'm Korean Irish. My father is a CPA
and MBA and my mother is right off the boat from Korea," she says
Plan B becomes more crucial as the fights keep coming.
Mosley's junior-middleweight (154 pounds) rematch Saturday night
with Fernando Vargas at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be his 47th
pro fight. He has been beaten four times, twice by Vernon Forrest
and twice by Winky Wright, and beaten up a little in a couple of
those. He also, as his wife is quick to point out, fought more than
250 amateur fights. Mosley will turn 35 on Sept. 7.
Jin Mosley, 29, is not a fade-into-the-background type. She does not
join the entourage, she leads it. She has taken over many of the
business decisions involving her husband's career and has ruffled
some feathers. She is happy with their current connection to De La
Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and Chief Executive Richard Schaefer's
business savvy. And she is willing to juggle this while maintaining
a fairly normal home life in La Verne with four children.
Even so, she is pressing for a quick arrival of Plan B. She reads
the newspapers, sees the stories about boxers going into their old
age punch drunk, eventually dying of pugilistic dementia.
"Who do you think gets hit more, the heavyweights or the lighter
guys?" she asks.
She talks about Levander Johnson, the boxer who went into a coma and
died of brain damage after a fight in September.
"Shane went and visited him," she says. "He felt he should do that,
since he was on his card.
"After that, I sat Shane down and said, 'OK, what's the plan?' "
She talks about a weekend trip she and Shane took last year, to the
Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. There were exhibitions,
awards ceremonies and a fancy dinner. Many of the boxers also
visited a hospital and convalescent home.
"I looked around," she says, "and it was hard to tell who were the
boxers and who were the patients."
Shane Mosley is bright-eyed, quick-witted and fun to be around. A
conversation with him raises no concerns. Now.
"I'm paranoid and a hypochondriac, anyway," Jin Mosley says. "I
think he's safe. Now I read stuff and I guess I've got to wait and
worry 10 to 20 years. With Shane, I didn't really see him sustaining
much damage, but that first Vernon Forrest fight, after that, I
said, 'I've got to sit him down and talk.' "
Her wish is that her husband gets another match around November,
then fights perhaps twice more next year, then steps out of the ring
for good. Plan B is that he stays in the boxing business, just not
the part where he gets hit in the head.
"I don't want my kids growing up, knowing that Daddy was an ex-
boxing champion and now he is working at McDonald's," she says.
"Oscar and I have had our wars in the ring, but outside of it, we've
always been friends with a mutual respect for each other," said
Mosley. "To have this opportunity to give back to the sport I love
is an honor for me, and I am committed to the same type of
excellence in my new role that I have always exhibited in the ring."
"Shane Mosley took the hard road to boxing superstardom, and his
knowledge of the ups and downs of the business will help our current
and future fighters immensely," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO
Richard Schaeffer. "And I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge
the instrumental role Jin Mosley played in facilitating this
unprecedented partnership. I wish more wives were this helpful and
concerned when it came to their husbands' careers."
Jin Mosley is the wife and business partner of junior middleweight
star Shane Mosley. HBO Sports is airing a "Countdown Special" to
help market the Mosley-Fernando Vargas pay-per-view rematch Saturday
in Las Vegas and Jin Mosley pulls no punches during her interview on
her highly visible role in a sport controlled by men:
"They dubbed me as Yoko Ono. Which I guess she was known for
breaking up the Beatles. I'm very direct and I'm very blunt. And in
this business it's all smiles and lies."
Shane, meanwhile, could be found poolside at the MGM Grand
yesterday, asking what's up with the Knicks
When Shane's wife Jin Mosley jettisoned trainer/father Jack Mosley
from the corner, her and Shane brought in "Hollywood Joe" Goossen.
Although the pair worked well in tandem, they couldn't see eye to
eye on training in Big Bear, CA, (Joe has his own gym in LA)
something Mosley was adamant about. Thus, Goossen was out, and John
David Jackson was in! The former junior middle and middleweight
champion, Jackson has taken Shane back in time. With his win over
once-beaten David Estrada in April, the now 34-year old Mosley
showed that he could perform well at the (dreaded for him)
welterweight limit of 147 lbs.
Mosley has changed trainers, going from his father Jack to Joe
Goossen to John David Jackson, dropped strength and conditioning
coach Darryl Hudson, fired attorney Judd Burstein, reputedly one of
the best in the business, changed promoters, dropped a top PR man,
announced that he and his wife Jin would handle his fight
negotiations, and most recently, he landed on the Golden Boy team.
That's a lot of distractions for a comebacking fighter, and it
doesn't even include the BALCO connection, whatever that might be.
Why would an elite athlete change a winning formula? Other fighters
have lost fights without making wholesale changes. A boxing insider
blames Shane's problems on his wife, Jin.
The insider claims that, "Jin Mosley runs Shane Mosley's life and
anybody that Shane start to like or gets close to, Jin basically
severs That's why he's opening fights for other fighters now Look
at Shane Mosley's record before he met Jin Mosley and look at it
As harsh as that point of view may appear, the fact is that Mosley
is no longer a championship level fighter. He can still trade on his
name, but not his talent.