Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Chuckie “The Professor” Musscachio announced his retirement from boxing, following his action-packed six-round majority decision loss to Michael Mitchell Saturday night at the Claridge Hotel & Casino.
Musscachio (19-4-2, 5KO’s) held his own against the gritty Mitchell over six rounds, but Mitchell was able to out work him from the third round on. All three judges scored the bout different ways, as one had it a draw, while another had Mussachio losing every round.
Judge John Stewart gave Mitchell an eye-opening, 60-53 advantage, while Alan Rubenstein favored him 58-56 and Kasson Cheeks scored it a 57-57 draw.
JMB scored the bout 58-56 for the 39-year-old Mitchell, who came into the bout in great shape and pressed the action early on.
“This is it for me,” Mussachio said to the AC Press afterwards. “I saw what I wanted to do, I saw what I was supposed to do, I saw what I needed to do, but I couldn’t do it. When that happens, it’s time to get out.”
Mussachio got rocked a couple times in the bout and found himself in trouble in the third round when Mitchell connected with some hard body shots as well as straight rights that scored with ease, pushing Mussachio up against the ropes. To his credit, Mussachio showed heart and toughness that he has displayed throughout his over decade long career.
However, inactivity has hurt him over the past several years, as this marked just his second bout in four years. He did, though, come into the bout in very good shape and at times showed some flashes of his younger days, with quick jabs and good foot movement.
Mussachio, who is a guidance counselor in the Avalon-Stone Harbor elementary school system, always has a little bounce to his step when he enters the ring in his customary black fedora, while Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me” can be heard for his walk out music.
He started his career 11-0 and suffered his first defeat against Tommy Karpency when he lost a UD for the then WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight title in 2009. He bounced back from that defeat and scored one of the most impressive wins of his career, claiming the WBF United States light heavyweight title, when he upset Anthony Ferrante in 2010.
He dropped three out of four to end his career, including getting knocked out by Garrett Wilson for the USBA Crusierweight title in 2011. Mussachio was ahead on points over Wilson going into the twelfth and final round, when Wilson caught him with an overhand right in a highly entertaining affair.
Updated 1/31/2017… JMB did reach out to Mussachio, who was not fully committed regarding retirement.