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In this week's PBC Jabs, host Jordan Hardy looks at a potential GGG-Daniel Jacobs clash, catches up with Robert Easter Jr. after his world title-earning victory over Richard Commey, and interviews unbeaten Domonique Dolton before his showdown with fellow 154-pound prospect Justin DeLoach.
Daniel Jacobs made it crystal clear that he had no desire to give Sergio Mora a rematch. But when the 160-pound champ reluctantly agreed to it, he then made his intentions crystal clear: He would silence “The Latin Snake” with a definitive, punishing victory.
Usually when fighters engage in a war of words, it’s nothing more than hype to help sell a fight. In the case of Daniel Jacobs and Sergio Mora, the vitriol is very real.
LOSS vs Daniel Jacobs
Sep 09, 2016 • Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Daniel Jacobs WINS against Sergio Mora by TKO in Round 7 of 12
LOSS vs Daniel Jacobs
Aug 01, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Daniel Jacobs WINS against Sergio Mora by TKO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Abraham Han 23-1-0
Feb 06, 2015 • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Abraham Han by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Dashon Johnson 15-17-3
Dec 11, 2014 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Dashon Johnson by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Samuel Rogers 14-1-0
May 31, 2014 • Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Samuel Rogers by TKO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Milton Nunez 26-8-1
Nov 16, 2013 • Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Milton Nunez by KO in Round 5 of 8
Win vs Grzegorz Proksa 29-2-0
Jun 28, 2013 • Veteran's Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Grzegorz Proksa by UD in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Brian Vera 20-6-0
Aug 11, 2012 • Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Brian Vera WINS against Sergio Mora by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Jose Flores 45-11-0
Nov 04, 2011 • Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Jose Flores by RTD in Round 7 of 10
LOSS vs Brian Vera 17-5-0
Feb 04, 2011 • Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Brian Vera WINS against Sergio Mora by SD in Round 10 of 10
Draw vs Shane Mosley 46-6-0
Sep 18, 2010 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Shane Mosley DRAWS with Sergio Mora by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Calvin Green 21-4-1
Apr 03, 2010 • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Calvin Green by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Loss vs Vernon Forrest 40-3-0
Sep 13, 2008 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora LOSES to Vernon Forrest by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Vernon Forrest 40-2-0
Jun 07, 2008 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Vernon Forrest LOSES to Sergio Mora by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Rito Ruvalcaba 32-8-0
Jan 11, 2008 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Rito Ruvalcaba by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Draw vs Elvin Ayala 18-2-0
Oct 16, 2007 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Sergio Mora DRAWS with Elvin Ayala by PTS in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Eric Regan 26-2-0
Aug 25, 2006 • Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Eric Regan by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Archak TerMeliksetian 15-3-0
May 04, 2006 • The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Archak TerMeliksetian by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Peter Manfredo Jr 24-2-0
Oct 15, 2005 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Peter Manfredo Jr by SD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Peter Manfredo Jr 24-1-0
May 24, 2005 • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Peter Manfredo Jr by UD in Round 7 of 7
Win vs Jesse Brinkley 25-1-0
Sep 24, 2004 • Pasadena, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Jesse Brinkley by UD in Round 7 of 7
Win vs Ishe Smith 15-0-0
Sep 12, 2004 • Pasadena, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Ishe Smith by SD in Round 5 of 5
Win vs Najai Turpin 11-1-0
Aug 27, 2004 • Hollywood, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Najai Turpin by UD in Round 5 of 5
Win vs Les Ralston 13-0-0
May 15, 2004 • DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Les Ralston by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Damon Franklin 6-16-0
Feb 13, 2004 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Damon Franklin by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Oriol Martinez 2-3-0
Dec 12, 2003 • Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Oriol Martinez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Damone Wright 15-20-2
Jul 26, 2003 • Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Damone Wright by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Adam Stewart 2-4-0
May 02, 2003 • Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Adam Stewart by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Richard Gonzalez 7-6-2
Nov 21, 2002 • Compaq Center, San Jose, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Richard Gonzalez by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Warren Kronberger 3-6-0
Jun 27, 2002 • Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Warren Kronberger by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs George Moreno 0-2-0
Apr 19, 2002 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against George Moreno by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Sean Holley 3-6-1
Mar 29, 2001 • Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, USA
Sergio Mora WINS against Sean Holley by UD in Round 4 of 4
WIN vs Charles Blake 5-0-1
Jan 18, 2001 • Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, USA
Charles Blake LOSES to Sergio Mora by UD in Round 4 of 4
WIN vs Eric Benito Tzand 2-1-1
Oct 19, 2000 • Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, USA
Eric Benito Tzand LOSES to Sergio Mora by UD in Round 4 of 4
WIN vs Antonio Maldonado 1-1-1
Aug 17, 2000 • Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, USA
Antonio Maldonado LOSES to Sergio Mora by SD in Round 4 of 4
Employing defensive wizardry and an unorthodox style, Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora is as quick and tricky as his nickname implies. The Los Angeles native initially gained fame winning the first season of TV reality show “The Contender” before winning a world championship at 154 pounds.
Born a boxer in the backyard
Hailing from East Los Angeles, where he grew up with his mother and three brothers, Mora began fighting at backyard parties in the neighborhood for fun as a teenager.
He graduated to organized amateur bouts soon after that, and compiled an overall record of 40-10.
Mora reached the quarterfinals of the 1998 National Golden Gloves tournament and the semifinals of the 1999 United States national championships, and lost a decision to future 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor at the 2000 Olympic trials.
He made his professional debut at the age of 19 in August 2000, winning a four-round split decision over Antonio Maldonado in Anaheim, California.
Rising to stardom as "The Contender”
Mora’s pro career started strongly as he won his first 12 fights before landing a spot on the inaugural season of The Contender reality TV series on NBC.
He decisioned three opponents in four weeks to reach the live season finale in May 2005 from Las Vegas, where he won a unanimous decision over Peter Manfredo Jr. to become the show’s first champion.
It was an especially meaningful victory for Mora, as the $1 million prize he earned gave him the means to take care of his mother like she had done for him for so many years.
“The day I won The Contender, I told her, ‘You’re not going back to work tomorrow,’” Mora told the Los Angeles Times in 2010. “She didn’t want to quit, but I had just won the damn show. I called her boss myself and told him, ‘She’s done. Retired.’”
From “Contender” to world champion
After defeating Manfredo in a rematch in October 2005, Mora would earn his biggest victory in June 2008 against 154-pound champ Vernon Forrest.
Although Forrest started strong, Mora’s awkward style began to frustrate him in the middle rounds, and Mora pulled out a close majority decision to become a world champion.
The fighters met in a rematch three months later, resulting in Forrest winning a unanimous decision.
Moving up—in weight and status
After rebounding with a technical knockout of Calvin Green in April 2010, Mora would land his biggest fight yet when he took on multi-division champion Shane Mosley in a pay-per-view fight in September 2010.
In a nip-and-tuck affair in which neither fighter was able to establish dominance over the other, the bout was ultimately declared a draw.
From there, Mora moved up to 160 pounds, dropping a pair of fights to fellow Contender alumnus Brian Vera.
Beginning with a June 2013 victory over Poland’s Grzegorz Proksa, a two-time European Boxing Union 160-pound champ, Mora won five in a row.
He says he’s ready to challenge any of the big names in his division. “Put me under the lights versus a veteran,” Mora told the L.A. Times. “I know how to handle adversity.”