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On Friday night, Daniel Jacobs and Sergio Mora Square Off in A Rematch of Their August, 2015 Bout
In the September 9 main event of PBC on Spike in Reading, PA, Daniel Jacobs will put his WBA World Middleweight belt on the line against a familiar face.
Sergio Mora, who suffered an ankle injury in his first bout against Jacobs in August 2015, will be given the opportunity to avenge his loss .
“The overhand right grazed the back of my head. Yeah, the overhand right grazed the back of my head, but my ankle was already twisted. It was a tricky shot,” said Mora of his past defeat during a media conference call last week.
“Danny, the young champion looking down on me, subordinating me, making me feel like I’m lucky to get this opportunity, I’ve dealt with that my entire career, man. It’s nothing new. I know I’m here over and over, time after time for a reason because I’m that good. And so, people recognize and realize that. I’ll never get the credit for it. And that’s fine, as long as I keep getting the opportunities and as long as I become a three-time two-division champ.”
As Mora and Jacobs alluded to in pre-fight interviews, public demand for a rematch has been underwhelming.
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Jacobs–listed as a 25-to-1 favorite on some online boxing odds–presumably would have been a stern test for either GGG or Canelo.
Instead, the 29-year-old WBA champ will tread down a familiar road, looking to cement a previous win over Mora.
“This is probably the first personal fight that I’m entering in with mean intention,” said Jacobs during the same media conference call to hype the rematch with Mora.
“The game plan for me is to go in there and hurt this man, period.”
Following his win over Mora, Jacobs kept busy by handing Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin his first career defeat at Barclays Center in December 2015.
Boasting wins over respected veterans Caleb Truax and Ishe Smith, Jacobs anticipates calls for steeper competition following his sequel with Mora.
Conceding that a rematch with Mora “isn’t really going to do anything for me,” Jacobs shifted the focus to B.J. Saunders, Andy Lee, Chris Eubank, or Gennady Golovkin as future adversaries.
In the case of GGG, however, Jacobs stated that he would “like to be compensated accordingly.”
Mora and Jacobs’ clash will conclude a scheduled 12-fight card at the Santander Arena.
The night’s co-main event will feature Robert Easter Jr. vs. Richard Commey, in what should be a stellar test for the 25-year-old Mayweather Promotions product.
In a heavyweight contest, 30-1 Pennsylvania native Travis Kauffman will compete against 42-year-old journeyman Josh Gormley.
Additionally, battleworn veteran Kermit Cintron will participate in his third fight of the year in an undercard scrap.
Milo Taibi is a freelance journalist from Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in SLAM Magazine, Complex, Yahoo! Sports, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MiloTaibi.