Daniel Jacobs will defend his WBA World middleweight title against Sergio Mora over a scheduled 12 rounds at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 9.
Mora had challenged Jacobs for the title last August, losing by second-round TKO. Although both men were down in the first, Mora was put down and out in the second with a fractured right ankle and hasn’t fought since.
A Brooklynite, 29-year-old Jacobs is a nine-year ring vet (31-1, 28 KOs) who won the vacant title in August 2014 by stopping Jarrod Fletcher via fifth-round TKO. He last defended this past December, stopping Peter Quillin by first-round TKO. No opponent has gone the distance with hard-hitting Jacobs since never-stopped Ishe Smith lost by unanimous decision in August 2009, Jacobs thus winning the vacant WBO NABO middleweight title. He’s only lost once, stopped by undefeated Dmitry Pirog via fifth-round TKO in July 2010, thus losing out on the vacant WBO World middleweight title. Although diagnosed with bone cancer in May 2011, the aptly monikered “Miracle Man” was back in the ring in October 2012, stopping Josh Luteran by first-round TKO.
A Los Angeleno, 35-year-old Mora is a 16-year pro, though out of the ring in 2009 (28-4-2, 9 KOs), who won the WBC World super welterweight title in June 2008 by beating Vernon Forrest via majority decision, Forrest regaining the belt by unanimous decision three months later. Mora drew against Elvin Ayala in October 2007 and Shane Mosley in September 2010, the only draws for either fighter. Prior to his loss to Jacobs, his only stoppage to date, “The Latin Snake” last fought in February of last year, scoring the vacant USBA middleweight title by beating Abraham Han via split decision.
The fight will air live on SPIKE.