It was a rematch no one was clamoring for.
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Not Daniel Jacobs. Not the fans. Not the media.
Everyone wanted to see Jacobs move on to bigger and better after topping Sergio Mora in two rounds and then knocking Peter Quillin out in one.
Everyone but Mora, that is.
“The Latin Snake” fractured his ankle in an abbreviated fight with Jacobs last summer (they exchanged knockdowns) and lobbied hard for a return bout on Twitter. He got his wish but the result was the same.
Jacobs dropped Mora five times en route to a seventh-round stoppage to retain his WBA “regular” middleweight title Friday in the main event of PBC on Spike. Gennady Golovkin, who fights Kell Brook Saturday on HBO, is the WBA’s “full” champ at 160 pounds, and a bout is likely to be ordered between the two.
“I have to take my hat off to Sergio Mora,” said Jacobs, who called the fight personal leading up to it. “There was a lot of talking before this fight, but this is boxing. I respect any man who gets inside of this ring.
“I want to prove to the world that I’m the best middleweight. If GGG gets the victory tomorrow, that’s who we want.”.
GGG and Mora are worlds apart in terms of skill, but Jacobs (32-1, 29 KOs) did what he had to do on this night.
The 29-year-old cancer survivor controlled the bout from the onset and seemed to hurt Mora (28-5-2, 9 KOs) every time he connected with a power shot.
Jacobs, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Switched stances often and inflicted damage to Mora’s body. The former champion attempted to befuddle Jacobs with movement and a quick jab, but he was never in the fight.
Jacobs scored knockdowns in rounds 4 and 5, and continued to punish Mora in a one-sided affair. In the seventh, he amped up the pressure and dropped the former Contender winner three times. Mora’s corner saw enough and wisely threw in the towel at 2:08 of the round.
“I wanted to go in there to hurt him and keep my knockout streak alive. I did what I said I would,” said Jacobs, who has now scored 12 consecutive KOs since his lone career defeat. “I didn’t expect to knock him down as much, but I did see the fight ending in a knockout.
“It took a while because he’s so tricky. I wasn’t able to jab the way I wanted to. That’s what happens when you fight guys who have been in the game for a long time.”.
Mora vowed to teach Jacobs a lesson, but age seems to have caught up with the wily veteran. At 35 years old and without a significant victory since a 2008 win over Vernon Forrest, it’s unclear where Mora goes from here. He’s purely a B-side at this point and someone who would be used as an opponent for fighters on the rise. But fight on, he will.
“The guy punches really hard. I was trying to catch him like I did in the first fight but I couldn’t do it today,” Mora said. ” … Daniel finally gave me credit. I didn’t feel like I got beat up, he just caught me with good shots. I have a lot left in me. I’m going to look at the tape and see where I’m at.”.