Tonight on PBC on Spike; Daniel Jacobs 32-1 (29 KO’s), walked thru challenger, and former super welterweight champion Sergio Mora 28-5-2 (9 KO’s), to retain his WBA middleweight title from the Santander Arena, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Jacobs and Sergio Mora first met inside the squared circle on August 1st 2015, in a fight that was cut short. Jacobs won via 2nd round TKO after Mora broke his ankle while being knocked down by the “Miracle Man”. Both fighters traded knockdowns in an exciting first round. Without a decisive victory for Jacobs, a rematch was scheduled for September 9th 2016.
Tonight, the fight started less exciting than the first, as Mora moved around the ring and the champ chased him and landed hard body shots. The 4th round was the beginning of the end for “The Latin Snake”, as Mora was knocked down in the closing seconds of the round. Jacobs continued to walk down the awkward Mora, and again dropped him in the closing seconds of the 5th round, this time with Mora complaining he was pushed to the canvas. From this point forward; it appeared Jacobs was hurting Mora with every clean shot he landed on him. Mora survived the 6th, but it didn’t matter much. In the 7th round, Jacobs came out swinging, looking to stop Mora for a second time, and he succeeded as he sent the outmatched challenger to the canvas three times in the round before the referee stopped the fight. Jacobs had won every round at the time of stoppage on Steve Farhood’s unofficial scorecard.
Jacobs Post Fight Interview
In the co-main event; Robert Easter Jr. 18-0 (14 KO’s), won a split decision over tough Ghanaian Richard Commey 24-1 (22 KO’s), to be crowned the new IBF lightweight champion of the world. Both fighters came into this bout undefeated and both riding 5 fight Knockout streaks. This fight stole the show tonight, and it was a tough fight from start to finish. It started with Commey applying pressure to Easter Jr. and coming forward, but the taller Easter Jr kept using his jab to keep the distance.
The first few rounds were give and take as both fighters refused to give an inch. After the third round; Easter Jr. started to use his jab and movement more effectively and landing counter left hooks. He boxed this way for the next few rounds, while Commey’s footwork started to slow down and Easter jr was able to keep the fight in the center of the ring. In the 8th round; Easter Jr stumbled backward after being hit, and the referee ruled it a knockdown, saying his glove touched the canvas, but it was questionable. The knockdown was the first of the young Easter Jr’s career, and he wanted to get revenge as both fighters came out swinging in the 9th round. In the later round, both fighters exchanged hard right hands. Commey landed a big overhand right in the tenth round, but Easter Jr showed a good chin, not letting it affect him. Then; in the 12th and final round, “E-Bunny” landed a straight right hand to Commey’s chin, buckling both his knees, but he somehow managed to stay on his feet. Easter Jr exploded, throwing flurries of punches attempting to end the bout early, but Commey was able to clinch and hold on to survive until the final bell. The judges scored the bout 115-112 for Easter Jr, 114-113 for Commey, and 114-113 in favor of Robert Easter Jr.