Sergio Mora confirms ankle fractured during Jacobs fight
It was fixin’ to be a real nice rumble on Saturday in Brooklyn with Round 1 emerging as a real-deal doozy. Danny Jacobs sent Sergio Mora to the mat and then right after the Cali boxer returned the favor. Mora was investing in left hooks to the body and was liking, he told me, how his experience was going to play out. Then fate, in the form of a busted ankle, interceded. End abbreviated rumble, in Round 2 at Barclays Center, and on ESPN. Jacobs was awarded the TKO.
I checked in with Mora to check on his health and get his takeaways.
“I have fractured right ankle, Michael,” the 34-year-old said. “I expected to get hurt. I expected to hurt him. I expected it goes into later rounds. I got two out of three. I was prepared for 12 rounds. He was glad and relieved the fight was over. I was just getting started. A champ doesn’t celebrate empty victories. Man, I was so ready to win that title, man, it’s a shame it ended like that. I would have beaten him, through attrition and with experience.”
(Note: Jacobs owns the WBA “regular” middleweight title. THE RING recognizes one world-title belt per sanctioning body per division, in this case Gennady Golovkin’s “Super world” WBA belt.)
Your take on Jake? “Jacobs is strong and inexperienced as expected. He wants nothing to do with dogfights. I have a better chin than him. I would have beaten him.”
Next for Jacobs, it looks like, would be an end-of-year fight against Peter Quillin.
And next for Mora is letting time heal his wound. “Fractured ankle,” he said. “I can now feel the pain; adrenaline is gone. I heard it pop in the ring. I think I mentioned that in post fight interview. It was loud.”