Thursday, March 23, 2023  |


Daniel Jacobs proves little in stopping Sergio Mora

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

BROOKLYN – Danny Jacobs is still waiting. He still harbors the sting of his chilling, fifth-round knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog five years ago, arguably the last telling fight for the Brooklynite. While “the Miracle Man” yearns for another meaningful fight, Sergio Mora was looking to resurrect his dormant career Saturday night with his first meaningful fight in five years, on the Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN show at Barclays Center.

Neither accomplished anything.

In the second round, Jacobs (30-1, 27 knockouts) dropped the shopworn Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) – for the second time in the fight – and “The Latin Snake” landed awkwardly, getting kneed by Jacobs in the left hip and twisting up his right ankle.

When Mora got back on his feet, he was wincing and limping. Referee Gary Rosato waved the fight over at 2:55 of Round 2.

It was an anticlimax following the excitement of Round 1, which started slow but turned into a fight once Jacobs landed a blunt right and floored Mora as the veteran was leaning in. But in Jacobs’ haste to finish Mora early, he got caught with a left hook coming in, which sent him to the canvas for the first time since he lost to Pirog. As Jacobs was gathering himself, Mora looked down on him and uttered a few unkind words as he walked to a neutral corner.

In the second, sensing Mora was on shaky legs, Jacobs struck again, landing a barrage a shots that crumbled Mora, who left the ring with an immobilizer taped around his right ankle. Mora was then put on a stretcher for precautionary reasons.

As Mora was being attended to after the fight was over, he told one of his corner people, “I know it’s broken. I heard it pop. I heard my knee pop and want to see the replay because I know my ankle is broken. The commission told me anything less than four rounds then it’s a no-contest. If you ask Danny I know he heard it too. 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,” Jacobs said. “Thank God for this victory, but I’m not going to give him a rematch just because. I said, ‘Did a guy with nine knockdowns really knock me down?’ What’s next? I’ll leave it up to my manager, Al Haymon, and see what he says. I think these Brooklynites deserve something special and I think me and (Peter Quillin) would be that special fight here at Barclays. We’re on the ‘A’ side now, we’re champions, so let’s do it!”

In the swing bout, junior middleweight Prichard Colon (15-0, 12 KOs) made mincemeat of Michael Finney (12-4-1, 10 KOs) with a devastating barrage of shots forcing referee Shada Murdaugh to call it at 1:23 of the second round. Al Haymon presumably has some big hopes for the 22-year-old Colon.

Heavyweight Adam Kownacki (11-0, 10 KOs) made easy work out of Maurenzo Smith (12-10-3, 9 KOs) with a second-round stoppage.

The other portion of the undercard, junior featherweight Heather Hardy (14-0, 3 KOs) pounded Renata Domsodi (12-7, 5 KOs) for six rounds before the fight was ended in the seventh. A pair of light heavyweights, Travis Peterkin (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Lenin Castillo (12-0-1, 7 KOs), remained undefeated in an eight-round majority draw. Featherweight Rafael Vazquez moved to 16-1, 13 KOs, after vanquishing Mario Macias (26-17, 13 KOs) in the first round. In the first fight of the night, junior lightweight Titus Williams made his pro debut beating Micah Branch (2-14-1). In another pro debut, Philly junior lightweight Thomas Velasquez looked pretty exciting in stopping Gabriel Braxton (2-11, 1 KO) in the fourth round.