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Famous sons keep boxing in the family

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Chris Eubank Jnr strikes a familiar pose (photo: Will Cornelius)

Since time began, sons have followed in their father’s footsteps, continuing the family name through skills passed down from generations before them.

On Saturday night, Shane Mosley Jr. became the latest in a long line of boxers to tread that path into the ring.

Mosley Jr. took just 34 seconds to knock out Mark Cordoba at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California.

A body shot from Mosley left his opponent on the floor and the fight was over before the contest had even begun.

His father, Sugar Shane Mosley, won world titles across three weight categories and was considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters at the turn of the century.

Aged 42, Mosley hung up his gloves in November after he was stopped in the seventh round by Anthony Mundine in Australia.

Just five months on and 23-year-old Shane Jr. is keeping the Mosley name alive within the boxing community.

The debut victory against Mark Cordoba did little to test Mosley Jr. but announced him to the boxing world - time will now tell if he can reach the heights his father achieved.

Many sons of famous boxing fathers have struggled to live up to the expectation attached to their name (Marvis Frazier to name just one) whereas others go on to do even better (Floyd Mayweather Jr.).

Just two weeks ago I saw another young man step in to his father’s shoes.

Chris Eubank Jr. is slightly ahead of Mosley Jr. in his career and his latest victory over Sandor Micsko at London's Copper Box Arena extended the 24-year-old’s unbeaten start to his professional career to 14.

And as Eubank went about his business you couldn’t help but compare him to his father.

From the moment he stepped in the ring he looked calm and confident – nonchalant even.

In the opening round he sauntered across the canvas with the swagger of a supremely assured man – analysing his opponents every move, unnervingly predicting every shot the Hungarian made.

In the second round he waited for his moment and then pounced with devastating tenacity – leaving Mickso in a heap on the canvas.

With 22 wins and 16 knockouts from 30 fights, Sandor Micsko is no slouch. However the way in which Eubank meticulously destroyed him came as no surprise as the Hove prospect continued to live up to his famous name.

The ‘#NextGen’ logo on his shorts enforced his appreciation of his father’s achievements and displayed his desire to continue the Eubank legacy.

The presence of his father at his side as he entered and exited the ring further illustrated the unity between the two generations – both live through each other, Eubank senior boxes on through his son and his son boxes with the image of his father in his mind.

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Eubank Jr accompanied by his father to a fight in 2012 (photo: Neill Hamersley)

Like Eubank, Mosley Jr. is also learning his trade from his father – following the family tradition as Jack Mosley, Shane’s father, also trained him for much of his career.

The father-son/ trainer-trainee set up does not always go to plan.

Most famously Floyd Mayweather Jr. split with his father for 13 years and tensions got so bad between the pair that Mayweather Snr. claimed he did not know the names of his two grandchildren – the pair were professionally reunited in 2013 for Mayweather Jr.’s title defence against Robert Guerrero.

Mosley Snr. will be ready for the downs when they come – he and his father, Jack, had famous fallings out, splitting up on more than one occasion.

Despite the inevitable disputes, having a family member in your corner can make a massive difference (look no further than the Klitschko brothers).

How Mosley Jr. and Eubank Jr. cope with the pressure and expectation that is passed down from their famous fathers will largely determine their success – from what we have seen so far the talent is all there, it is now over to them to carry their famous names into tomorrow’s history books.

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