DANIEL “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) and Sergio “The Latin” Snake Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) each made weight ahead of their “regular” WBA world championship rematch on Friday.
The numbers for Jacobs and Mora read 159.6 pounds and 159.3 pounds, respectively. So, as they say in the business, we have ourselves a fight.
Jacobs was the heavy favorite heading into their first match but Mora, who is not particularly known for his punching power, surprised many by responding to his own trip to the canvas with a left hook that sent Jacobs there as well. It was a whirlwind start to the fight to say the least.
The knockdown trade-off in that first round was chock-full of the drama that great fights are made of. Unfortunately for Mora, he suffered a devastating ankle injury in the second round, and could not continue the bout.
The official result of the scuffle was a Daniel Jacobs TKO victory but Mora vehemently disagrees with that outcome and expects to apply what he learned in his first fight to come out the victor on Friday night.
“Our last fight was on the way to being a ‘Fight of the Year,’ but I busted my ankle in the second round and I couldn’t continue,” said Mora. “I’ve been waiting 13 months for this opportunity and I’m completely ready.”
While Mora has been inactive since their last meeting, Jacobs followed up on his win against the “Latin Snake” with a first round knockout victory of then-unbeaten Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in “The Battle of Brooklyn.”
“It’s been too long but I’ve been training hard and I feel great,” said Jacobs. “I’m going to do what I do best. People talk about my power, but I get my skills from the amateur system and from proving that I have the goods. I have the power in addition to the skill set. I’m planning on proving that Friday night.”
In the undercard, Robert Easter Jnr. (17-0, 14 KOs) weighed in at 134.5-pounds, while Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) came in right at the lightweight limit of 135. The hard-hitting unbeaten contenders will compete for the vacant IBF lightweight world title.