Jermain Taylor Marches On

By Robert Ecksel on January 5, 2015
Jermain Taylor Marches On
Jermain Taylor looked okay when he decisioned crippled Sam Soliman to win the IBF title.

Taylor defends his IBF middleweight title against Sergio Mora on Feb. 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi…

On Feb. 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4, 20 KOs), from Little Rock, Arkansas, will defend his title against former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs), aka The Latin Snake, from Los Angeles, California.

Enthusiasm for the fight is muted. It’s not just the 36-year-old Taylor’s medical history, current legal problems, and diminished skills that are of concern.  There’s the fact the 34-year-old Mora, who not coincidentally is, like Taylor, managed by Al Haymon, has done next to nothing to deserve a shot at the crown.

But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Taylor’s promoter Lou DiBella, for example, told ESPN.com, “It’s a quality fight and it gives Jermain a chance to defend his title before his mandatory defense (against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam) is due. And for Sergio Mora, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. He turned it down once many years ago when it was a much bigger fight and for a lot more money. But he passed on it then and I think it’s one of the great regrets that he has had. He said if he ever got the opportunity again it’s something he would want to do. This is a fight that both guys wanted.”

It may be “a fight that both guys wanted,” which is no guarantee that it will be an especially good or particularly fair fight.

Mora peaked in 2008 when he won a majority decision over Vernon Forrest in the first of their two fights. Since then he has gone 6-3-1, losing to Forrest in a rematch, drawing with Shane Mosley in 2010, and dropping a pair to Bryan Vera in 2011 and 2012.

To his credit, Mora has won his last four fights, against Grzegorz Proksa (29-2) and Milton Nunez (26-8-1) in 2013, and against Samuel Rogers (14-1) and Dashon Johnson (15-17-3) last year.  But it’s questionable whether those wins justify getting a shot at the middleweight crown.

Taylor looked okay when he decisioned crippled Sam Soliman three months ago to win the IBF title, and chances are he’ll look okay against The Latin Snake. But Mora is a live underdog, and if his fighting Taylor prevents Jermain from fighting the likes of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, we need to thank him.

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  1. bikermike 05:08am, 01/07/2015

    Goodness gracious !!  A Title holder , whose management/promotion team wishes to arrange who gets to challenge their Fighter ??!?!  THis has to be the first time I’ve ever heard that happening !!

    Stop the presses !!!

    I just hope the medical issues that have been raised ...have no substance,  If Taylor can pass a legitimate medical exam…Rock on !!

  2. Darrell 03:34pm, 01/06/2015

    I guess Mora deserves a shot because…....he has no pop…....it’s good enough in the boxing universe that the deal makers inhabit.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:35pm, 01/05/2015

    Any contract Haymon has with NBC will be good for Haymon…for the fighters….not so much.

  4. Koolz 01:29pm, 01/05/2015

    two nobodies fighting each other great?!  NOT!
    Mora once called out GGG which would have been fantastic 3 rounder as Mora’s body slides across the ring! 
    Not too impressed with the middleweight division.  There is Golovkin then there is what?  No one!
    There is nothing. 
    Let’s say Jermain wins do you think he is going to challenge GGG?
    Hell no he will probably fight Quillin or something.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:40am, 01/05/2015

    It’s been proven through the years that many fighters come up big in high profile fights because they’re just too Goddamned dumb to feel the pressure that normal athletes feel in those pressure cooker situations.This numnutz is under indictment for attempted murder or some such…which proves my point….he doesn’t have a care in the world….which reminds me….what inducement/enticement is Haymon offering to get these hundred or so other numnutz’s to sign on the dotted line…..it’s sure as fuk not a signing bonus.

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