|Nickname(s)||The Latin Snake|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
December 4, 1980 |
East Los Angeles,
|Wins by KO||9|
Early life and amateur career
Raised without a father, Sergio lived in an East Los Angeles apartment downstairs from the apartment where his mother lived. He boxed as a away to lift him and his family to a better standard of living. 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, the semifinals of the 1999 U.S. national championships, and in the challengers' bracket final of the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials.
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. 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.
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.
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
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"). 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. 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, defeatin 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. 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
After the two fights with Forrest, Mora made a move up in weight and was to fight then middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik would postpone the bout due to a nagging staph infection. 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.
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. 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.
Mora vs. Mosley, Vera
Mora fought Shane Mosley on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 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. 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."
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.
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. Mora would go on a 5-win streak as he kept busy trying to secure another world title shot. 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.  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. 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.
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.
Jacobs went on to defeat former middleweight titlist Peter Quillin. On 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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|29 Wins (9 knockouts), 5 Losses (2 knockouts), 2 Draws|
|Win||29-5-2||Alfredo Angulo||SD||8||April 7, 2018||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas|
|Loss||28-5-2||Daniel Jacobs||TKO||7 (12)||September 9, 2016||Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania||For WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|Loss||28-4-2||Daniel Jacobs||TKO||2 (12)||August 1, 2015||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York||For WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|Win||28-3-2||Abraham Han||SD||12||February 6, 2015||Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi||Won vacant USBA middleweight title|
|Win||27-3-2||Dashon Johnson||UD||8||December 11, 2014||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||26-3-2||Samuel Rogers||TKO||5 (8)||May 31, 2014||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||25-3-2||Milton Nunez||KO||5 (8)||November 16, 2013||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California|
|Win||24-3-2||Grzegorz Proksa||UD||10||June 28, 2013||Veterans Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Loss||23-3-2||Brian Vera||MD||12||August 11, 2012||Illusions Theater, San Antonio, Texas||For vacant WBO NABO middleweight title|
|Win||23-2-2||Jose Alfredo Flores||RTD||7 (10)||November 5, 2011||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California|
|Loss||22-2-2||Brian Vera||SD||10||February 4, 2011||Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Draw||22-1-2||Shane Mosley||SD||12||September 18, 2010||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||22-1-1||Calvin Green||TKO||7 (10)||April 3, 2010||Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||21-1-1||Vernon Forrest||UD||12||September 13, 2008||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC light middleweight title|
|Win||21-0-1||Vernon Forrest||MD||12||June 7, 2008||Mohegan Sun Casino, Montville, Connecticut||Won WBC light middleweight title|
|Win||20-0-1||Rito Ruvalcaba||TKO||6 (10)||January 11, 2008||Morongo Casino Resort, Cabazon, California|
|Draw||19-0-1||Elvin Ayala||SD||12||October 16, 2007||Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Win||19-0||Eric Regan||UD||10||August 25, 2006||ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California|
|Win||18-0||Archak TerMeliksetian||TKO||7 (10)||May 4, 2006||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||17-0||Peter Manfredo Jr||SD||8||October 15, 2005||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||16-0||Peter Manfredo Jr||UD||7||May 24, 2005||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won The Contender Championship|
|Win||15-0||Jesse Brinkley||UD||7||September 24, 2004||Pasadena, California||Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"|
|Win||14-0||Ishe Smith||SD||5||September 12, 2004||Pasadena, California||Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"|
|Win||13-0||Najai Turpin||UD||5||August 27, 2004||Hollywood, California||Televised as part of NBC's "The Contender"|
|Win||12-0||Les Ralston||UD||8||May 15, 2004||DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||11-0||Damon Franklin||UD||6||February 13, 2004||Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California|
|Win||10-0||Oriol Martinez||TKO||2 (6)||December 12, 2003||Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona|
|Win||9-0||Damone Wright||UD||6||July 26, 2003||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||8-0||Adam Stewart||UD||4||May 2, 2003||Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||7-0||Richard Gonzalez||UD||6||November 21, 2002||Compaq Center, San Jose, California|
|Win||6-0||Warren Kronberger||TKO||3 (6)||June 27, 2002||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||5-0||George Moreno||TKO||4 (4)||April 19, 2002||Compaq Center, San Jose, California|
|Win||4-0||Sean Holley||UD||4||March 29, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California|
|Win||3-0||Charles Blake||UD||4||January 18, 2001||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California|
|Win||2-0||Eric Benito Tzand||UD||4||October 19, 2000||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California|
|Win||1-0||Antonio Maldonado||SD||4||August 17, 2000||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California||Professional debut|
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|The Contender Champion
|WBC Super Welterweight Champion
June 7, 2008–September 14, 2008