Sergio Mora gets another crack at Daniel Jacobs when the two fight again on September 9th for the WBA Regular Middleweight title at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania:
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Ended in Injury
Jacobs fought Mora last August at the Barclays Center in New York in what was Jacobs’ second defense of the WBA title he won in 2014 by knocking out Jarrod Fletcher. Jacobs won that fight by second round knockout but on a strange note. Both fighters came out firing in round one and exchanged knockdowns before Mora slipped on the canvass and broke his ankle. With Mora unable to continue, Jacobs was awarded the victory.
Since then, Jacobs went on to shock Peter Quillin in the Battle of New York last December 5. In a battle between two popular New York natives, Jacobs outgunned Quillin in a fast start and knocked out Kid Chocolate in the first round. Since then, Jacobs has been inactive and unable to secure a good fight. Many were expecting Jacobs to choose a better quality foe with his next fight. In the end though, the Miracle Man has decided to finally beat Mora with his punches not with an injury.
Sergio Mora is the former winner of the boxing reality show “The Contender”. The Latin Snake defeated Peter Manfredo via decision to become the show’s inaugural winner. Mora would go on to beat Vernon Forrest by majority decision to become the WBC Light Heavyweight champion in 2008. Mora lost the title to Forrest in his next fight and went 2-3-1 in his next six bouts. Mora then found his second wind by winning 5 bouts in a row to return to the title picture.
It was unfortunate that his last title shot ended in an injury. After Jacobs dropped him in the first round, Mora returned the favor by knocking down Jacobs moments later. If you looked at the replays, Jacobs looked more hurt than Mora was when he got knocked down. His legs were wobbly until the round ended. Jacobs was doing well in the second round when the injury happened. But had Mora not been hurt, who knows how that bout would have ended.
Taking a Step Back
Jacobs is red hot with 11 straight victories since getting knocked out by Dmitry Pirog in 2011. All of those 11 wins were by KO and experts feel he should be building up on his big win over Quillin.
Sure, Jacobs has unfinished business with Mora and wanting this fight was understandable. However, fighting Mora is like taking a step back. Not only is the Latin Snake coming off an injury but he’s no longer the same fighter who beat Vernon Forrest. Mora has had his moments, but has never had consistency throughout his career.
Mora was a +775 underdog against the -1200 favorite Jacobs during their first bout. The odds for the rematch haven’t been set yet, although it’s likely not to deviate much from that of their first bout.