DANNY JACOBS (30-1, 27 KOs) knocked down former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) twice on his way to a second round stoppage and a successful defense of his middleweight title in Brooklyn on Saturday (August 1).
The first round featured exciting action from both men as Jacobs delivered a crisp right hook that sent Mora to the canvas early. Just seconds after getting up, Mora responded by hitting Jacobs with a clean counter that stunned Jacobs and sent him to the mat.
After tagging Mora with hard shots at the end of round one, Jacobs continued to come forward and sent Mora to the canvas with a flurry late in the second round. Mora appeared to injure his right leg on the knockdown and was unable to continue. The official stoppage came 2-55 into round two.
“I heard my ankle snap and my knee also felt funny and I couldn’t put pressure on it,” Mora explained. “I knew the first few rounds would be tough, we expected that. My plan was to take him into deep water.
“Adrenaline can make you do stupid things. With a puncher like Danny, I needed movement.
“I told you I came here to fight. I give him credit, but I came to take this championship. I want a rematch.”
“No rematch, no reason to go backwards. Thank God for this victory, but I’m not going to give him a rematch just because,” Jacobs responded. “I said did a guy with nine knockouts really knock me down?
“I wanted to stop him on my own. I didn’t want him to quit on the stool but I know that he knew it was going to end in a couple of rounds anyway.”
“I want Peter Quillin next. It’s a fight the fans deserve. Brooklyn always supports both of us and it would be a great way to close out the year,” he continued. “I think these Brooklynites deserve something special and I think me and ‘Kid Chocolate’ would be that special fight here at Barclays. We’re on the ‘A’ side now, we’re champions, so let’s do it!”