Sergio Mora considered himself to be Daniel Jacobs’ most difficult opponent to date, but the former 154-pound champion had little chance to prove it after an ankle injury led to a bizarre loss Saturday night.
Daniel Jacobs retained his 160-pound championship with a second-round technical knockout at Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn, New York, securing his 10th consecutive victory in the process.
After each fighter knocked the other down in the first round, Jacobs gained another knockdown in the second against Sergio Mora, who crumpled to the canvas with his right leg buckling under him.
Mora tried to continue, but clearly was unable to keep fighting as referee Gary Rosato stopped the bout at 2:55 of the round.
Mora was placed on a stretcher and removed from the arena, later to be examined at Lutheran Medical Center and determined to have fractured his ankle and to have fluid in his knee.
“I feel bad for him and for myself and the fans the way that it ended,” said Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs). “I really wanted to stop him as a guilty pleasure. I guess he knew he couldn't perform.”
Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) was clearly disappointed after the fight, which he thought should have been ruled a no contest since his injury prevented him from continuing.
“He caught me with a good punch. It was a flash knockdown. I got up and cleared the cobwebs right away. I feel like when I knocked him down, I hurt him more than he hurt me," Mora said.
"We knew the first couple of rounds were going to be tough because he’s a hard puncher. Once we got past the fourth and fifth round, we felt we were going to turn the tide and be headed for an exciting fight. … If he's celebrating this win, it's because he was relieved that it was over."
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Here's a closer look at the moment Mora injured his ankle in rd. 2 resulting in a TKO victory for Jacobs. #PBConESPN pic.twitter.com/Iv1enC4lGQ— PBC (@premierboxing) August 2, 2015