Sergio Mora

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Sergio Mora
Nickname(s)The Latin Snake
Weight(s)Super middleweight
Light middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born (1980-12-04) December 4, 1980 (age 38)
East Los Angeles,
California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights36
Wins by KO9

Sergio Mora (born December 4, 1980) is an American professional boxer.[1] He is a former WBC light middleweight champion[2] and was the first winner of NBC's The Contender series.[3]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Raised without a father, Sergio lived in an East Los Angeles apartment downstairs from the apartment where his mother lived. He boxed as a way to lift him and his family to a better standard of living.[4] Sergio is a class of 1997 alumni of Schurr High School in Montebello, California.

As an amateur, he had a record of 40 wins and 10 losses, losing on points in the quarterfinals of the 1998 national Golden Gloves,[5] the semifinals of the 1999 U.S. national championships,[6] and in the challengers' bracket final of the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials.[7]

Boxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He is the champion of reality TV show The Contender. The show was structured as a single elimination tournament between middleweight boxers. Mora entered the show with a 12-0 record. On the first fight of the show, Mora defeated Najai Turpin, a contestant who later committed suicide.[8] In the Quarter Finals he was put up against the favored Ishe Smith, beating him to reach the semifinals. He then fought Jesse Brinkley and defeated him after seven rounds, earning a place to box against Peter Manfredo in the final. In the final fight Mora defeated Manfredo in a seven-round unanimous decision to become the show's champion. Months later, he defeated Manfredo by split decision in an 8-round rematch.[9]

It was rumoured that Mora was to fight WBC and WBO middleweight title holder Jermain Taylor at some point during 2007. However, on March 15, 2007, Mora turned down a seven figure fight against Taylor that would have taken place in Memphis, Tennessee, which Mora felt was too close to Taylor's home of Little Rock, Arkansas. Mora felt that if the fight were to go to the scorecards, the judges would favour Taylor. With only 18 career bouts at the time, Mora also felt he lacked experience to challenge for a world title.[10]

He was to fight Kassim Ouma (25-3-1 15 KOs) in a middleweight bout on September 15, 2007. It was to be televised on HBO as one of the undercard bouts supporting the main event, Márquez vs. Barrios. However, the event was canceled after Marquez suffered an injury during training. Mora made his return to the ring after 14 months against Elvin Ayala on October 16, 2007 at The Home Depot Center. The 10-round fight ended in a split draw as Ayala outworked Mora in the first half of the fight, but Mora rallied the 2nd half of the fight.

On January 11, 2008, Sergio Mora stopped Rito Ruvalcaba in the sixth round of their scheduled 10-round middleweight fight at the Casino Morongo. Mora was behind on two of three judges' scorecards entering the sixth round. He hurt Ruvalcaba with a combination, drove him to the ropes and landed another left hand, at which point the referee stopped the fight. Ruvalcaba was still punching at the time of the stoppage, leading to some controversy.

WBC light middleweight championship[edit]

On June 7, 2008, Mora defeated Vernon Forrest via a 12-round majority decision to become the WBC super welterweight champion. In the build-up to the fight, Forrest threatened to send Mora "out on a stretcher" and referred to him as the "pretender" (parodying "Contender").[11] However, Mora succeeded in pulling off the upset victory. Forrest took an early lead in what began as a tactical bout, working behind a left jab and landing right hands. Mora started to force his way into the fight in the fourth round, throwing hard punches to Forrest's body and consistently outworking the defending champion. Mora ultimately won a majority decision, with scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.[12][13] After the fight, Forrest said that he had taken Mora lightly and cited that he did not train properly for the fight, resulting in his lack of punches thrown in the match.

Forrest (41-3) reclaimed his WBC 154-pound title on September 14, 2008, defeating Mora via unanimous decision. Forrest scored a knock down in round seven, had Mora in trouble in round nine and on his back foot for a majority of the bout.[14] Mora had problems making weight for the rematch, having to lose two pounds after failing the initial weigh-in, and after the fight said that he did not expect the quick turnaround on the rematch clause and had needed more time to make the weight properly, resulting in his poor performance.

Cancelled Pavlik fight[edit]

After the two fights with Forrest, Mora made a move up in weight and was to fight then middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.[15] Pavlik would postpone the bout due to a nagging staph infection.[16] Mora would attempt to keep the fight alive but ultimately it never happened, keeping Mora inactive for almost 2 years. After pulling out of the fight with Mora, Kelly Pavlik went on to lose against Sergio Gabriel Martínez.[17]

On April 3, 2010, in his first fight in over eighteen months, Mora defeated Calvin Green by 7th-round TKO on the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. 2 undercard.[18] Mora dominated a game Green, fighting with him primarily on the inside landing combinations against him with his quicker hands. He hurt Green several times in the fight, and the ref had finally seen enough after an unanswered salvo of punches from Sergio in the 7th round.[19]

Mora vs. Mosley, Vera[edit]

Mora fought Shane Mosley on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[20][21] The bout ended up being a controversial split draw. The judges' scores were: 115–113 Mora, 116–112 Mosley and 114–114. Boxrec scored the fight 114-112 for Shane Mosley.[22] Punch stats showed that Mosley landed 161 of 522 punches (31%) compared to 93 of 508 thrown (18%) by Mora. The decision was booed by the crowd, who began chanting "Canelo! Canelo!" Mosley felt the decision was fair, "We both fought hard. It was good fight, a good decision."[23][24]

Mora's next fight was against fellow Contender participant Brian Vera.[25] The bout was the main-event on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on February 4, 2011.[26] Mora lost to Vera by split decision.

Mora then took a stay-busy fight in November 2011 against Jose Flores, whom he defeated by corner stoppage before the eighth round began. Mora would then rematch against Vera on August 11, 2012. The fight was closely contested, but Mora lost to Vera again via majority decision. Mora had trouble making Vera respect his punching powere. The two judges who scored the fight for Vera came under scrutiny as their cards were widely believed to be too wide.[27]

Later career[edit]

Mora bounced back with a unanimous decision win against former world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa, in a fight televised on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.[28] Mora would go on a 5-win streak as he kept busy trying to secure another world title shot.[29] Mora got wins over opponents like Dashon Johnson during this time.

On February 6, 2015, Mora was scheduled to face IBF titleholder Jermain Taylor on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights for Taylor's middleweight belt in Biloxi, Mississippi.[30] The fight was however canceled, due to Taylor being arrested after an altercation where he threatened a family at the MLK Day parade in Little Rock.[31] Mora fought against Abraham Han on the same scheduled date for the USBA middleweight title. Mora won the fight by split decision, with scores of 115-112, 114-113 and 112-115. Mora was knocked down in round 3 by a left hook, but the referee ruled it a slip. Mora was knocked down once again in round 9, this time receiving a count.[32]

On August 1, 2015 Mora faced off against WBA (Regular) champion Daniel Jacobs. Jacobs started the fight tentatively, but was able to time and counter Mora with a right hook that put the latter on the canvas. Mora was able to return the favor when Jacobs tried to apply pressure to get a quick stoppage. The fight would then be stopped when Mora retired after injuring his right foot in round 2. After the fight, Jacobs once again said he was looking to fight Quillin.[33]

Jacobs went on to defeat former middleweight titlist Peter Quillin. In September 2016, Jacobs rematched Mora. He complained that the fight was a step back for him, as he thought he'd beaten Mora convincingly the first time.[34] On fight night, Jacobs scored two flash knockdowns in rounds 4 and 5 before getting a dominant TKO win. Mora went down three times in round 7 before the referee halted the contest.[35]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (9 knockouts), 5 Losses (2 knockouts), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 29-5-2 Mexico Alfredo Angulo SD 8 April 7, 2018 United StatesHard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Loss 28-5-2 United States Daniel Jacobs TKO 7 (12) September 9, 2016 United StatesSantander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania For WBA (Regular) middleweight title
Loss 28-4-2 United States Daniel Jacobs TKO 2 (12) August 1, 2015 United StatesBarclays Center, Brooklyn, New York For WBA (Regular) middleweight title
Win 28-3-2 United States Abraham Han SD 12 February 6, 2015 United StatesBeau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Won vacant USBA middleweight title
Win 27-3-2 United States Dashon Johnson UD 8 December 11, 2014 United StatesPechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 26-3-2 United States Samuel Rogers TKO 5 (8) May 31, 2014 United StatesTropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 25-3-2 Colombia Milton Nunez KO 5 (8) November 16, 2013 United StatesCitizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Win 24-3-2 Poland Grzegorz Proksa UD 10 June 28, 2013 United StatesVeterans Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida
Loss 23-3-2 United States Brian Vera MD 12 August 11, 2012 United StatesIllusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas For vacant WBO NABO middleweight title
Win 23-2-2 Mexico Jose Alfredo Flores RTD 7 (10) November 5, 2011 United StatesFantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Loss 22-2-2 United States Brian Vera SD 10 February 4, 2011 United StatesConvention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Draw 22-1-2 United States Shane Mosley SD 12 September 18, 2010 United StatesStaples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 22-1-1 United States Calvin Green TKO 7 (10) April 3, 2010 United StatesMandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 21-1-1 United States Vernon Forrest UD 12 September 13, 2008 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC light middleweight title
Win 21-0-1 United States Vernon Forrest MD 12 June 7, 2008 United StatesMohegan Sun Casino, Montville, Connecticut Won WBC light middleweight title
Win 20-0-1 Mexico Rito Ruvalcaba TKO 6 (10) January 11, 2008 United StatesMorongo Casino Resort, Cabazon, California
Draw 19-0-1 United States Elvin Ayala SD 12 October 16, 2007 United StatesHome Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 19-0 United States Eric Regan UD 10 August 25, 2006 United StatesARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Win 18-0 Armenia Archak TerMeliksetian TKO 7 (10) May 4, 2006 United StatesThe Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17-0 United States Peter Manfredo Jr SD 8 October 15, 2005 United StatesStaples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 16-0 United States Peter Manfredo Jr UD 7 May 24, 2005 United StatesCaesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won The Contender Championship
Win 15-0 United States Jesse Brinkley UD 7 September 24, 2004 United StatesPasadena, California Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"
Win 14-0 United States Ishe Smith SD 5 September 12, 2004 United StatesPasadena, California Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"
Win 13-0 United States Najai Turpin UD 5 August 27, 2004 United StatesHollywood, California Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"
Win 12-0 United States Les Ralston UD 8 May 15, 2004 United StatesDePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois
Win 11-0 United States Damon Franklin UD 6 February 13, 2004 United StatesQuiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win 10-0 Cuba Oriol Martinez TKO 2 (6) December 12, 2003 United StatesCasino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Win 9-0 United States Damone Wright UD 6 July 26, 2003 United StatesGrand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 8-0 United States Adam Stewart UD 4 May 2, 2003 United StatesPlaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7-0 United States Richard Gonzalez UD 6 November 21, 2002 United StatesCompaq Center, San Jose, California
Win 6-0 United States Warren Kronberger TKO 3 (6) June 27, 2002 United StatesMarriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win 5-0 United States George Moreno TKO 4 (4) April 19, 2002 United StatesCompaq Center, San Jose, California
Win 4-0 United States Sean Holley UD 4 March 29, 2001 United StatesArrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Win 3-0 United States Charles Blake UD 4 January 18, 2001 United StatesArrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Win 2-0 Suriname Eric Benito Tzand UD 4 October 19, 2000 United StatesArrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Win 1-0 Mexico Antonio Maldonado SD 4 August 17, 2000 United StatesArrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Professional debut


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Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
The Contender Champion
Succeeded by
Grady Brewer
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
WBC Super Welterweight Champion
June 7, 2008–September 14, 2008
Succeeded by
Vernon Forrest