Mora and other items
Sergio Mora Wins in Mississippi and Other Items
By David A. Avila
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora discovered a couple of weeks ago that his world title challenge with Jermain Taylor was canceled when the IBF middleweight titlist was arrested for allegedly carrying a loaded weapon.
Another middleweight substitute with good power and a sparkling record was found to oppose Mora who had but a week’s notice to prepare for the new opponent. In boxing, that’s a dangerous situation.
“It’s difficult to prepare for someone different in one week,” said Mora. “I had prepared for Jermain Taylor.”
Mora emerged victorious over El Paso’s Abraham Han a tough youngster with nothing to lose and everything to gain on Saturday. After 12 somewhat bloody rounds the East L.A. middleweight won a split decision and captured the USBA middleweight title, not the IBF world title he sought in Biloxi, Miss.
“Tough guy Han. Takes a helluva shot,” stated Mora by text. “He switched southpaw often, and has heavy hands. The head butts and blood gave him confidence and he had the crowd behind him. But he really never really landed anything on me.”
The win by Mora places him smack in the center of the middleweight cauldron where several 160-pounders are vying for dominance in the division. Sadly, Arkansas middleweight Taylor is incarcerated and won’t be one of them.
In Southern California there are three other middleweights contending for dominance. Up in the San Bernardino Mountains Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has been preparing for his WBA title defense against England’s Martin Murray. They’ll battle on Feb. 21 in Monte Carlo. Former WBO middleweight titlist Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen trains at the Wild Card Boxing gym along with WBC middleweight Miguel Cotto who may agree to meet Floyd “Money” Mayweather in a rematch supposedly on May 2.
The boxing world is waiting for one of the middleweights to take hold of the reins and clean out the division. Most are betting that Golovkin will be the man that does the job.
So far Golovkin has erupted from irrelevance three years ago to becoming one of the most entertaining and ferocious prizefighters the boxing world has ever seen. With 28 knockouts in 31 fights, the native of Kazakhstan - who now lives in Southern California - has exploded on the boxing scene. He’s now riding a string of 18 consecutive knockouts and no one is betting against him adding Murray to the list.
“I try my best,” said Golovkin, 32, whose humility appeals to many boxing fans. “Murray is a good fighter. Very dangerous. I have to be very careful.”
While most of the sports world fell for TMZ’s report that Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao was a done deal, it was clear that only one side was making this statement and it wasn’t the most important one.
Mayweather never verified the deal and still has not consented to the proposal. Though many components need to be completed before making such a massive agreement that could result in more than $200 million worth of pay-per-views, in my opinion, the main sticking point is Mayweather does not want Top Rank to co-promote the mega fight that has been talked about for more than five years.
Now Mayweather has hinted toward fighting Cotto for the WBC middleweight title. A victory over Cotto, who he already defeated back in May 2012, would give him a world title in a sixth weight division. That’s a big deal for Mayweather.