WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs is not taking upcoming challenger Sergio Mora lightly as the New Yorker readies himself for the second defense of his coveted belt.
At 28, and having already won a battle with cancer, Jacobs is moulding into a marketable champion – but isn’t listening to those who place him as an overwhelming favourite against the one-time WBC light middleweight title holder.
“It’ll be against the most experienced guy I’ve faced thus far. I’m looking forward to testing my challenge against this slick, crafty veteran in Sergio Mora,” said Jacobs.
“So there’s not a lot of fear as far as power is concerned but where he lacks that he makes up in his craftiness and his slickness and awkwardness and sometimes he does engage in the action as well.
“The test with Sergio Mora is – whether that he can be stopped or whether or not I can go the distance with him, he’s never been stopped before, so it will be icing on the cake to be able to not only to defeat him but to stop him in the match.
“I feel like I have a lot more advantages than he does in the fight. But whatever my advantages are and whatever gets me going, will be the deciding factor for me I would stick to. So if it’s my speed, then I’ll stick to using my speed. If it’s my power, backing him down, showing him what a real middleweight feels like, then that’s what I would do.”
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