Critics of Al Haymon's matchmaking are likely to say this is just par for the course, but Daniel Jacobs will be defending his "regular" WBA middleweight title against Sergio Mora on the Garcia-Malignaggi undercard, August 1st.
"I'm just excited to be on this great card and to be able to perform at Barclays Center is an honor," said Jacobs, who will be fighting at the arena for the fourth time. "I'm looking forward to making the best out of this opportunity and most importantly I want to give the Brooklyn fans a great show. I get to go to work in my own backyard."
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs), is a good fighter who was able to overcome a rare form of bone cancer that nearly killed him just a few short years ago. Jacobs persevered, continued boxing, and was able to win a vacant title by beating Jarrod Fletcher last August. He most recently made the first defense of his "regular" WBA title by beating Caleb Truax this past April.
Sergio Mora is best known for winning the first season of The Contender reality series about 10 years ago, but has anything but a fan friendly style of fighting. Truth be told, I wasn't even fully aware that Mora was still fighting after that awful fight with Shane Mosley a few years back - but apparently he's riding a 5 fight winning streak (with only one name I can recognize on that list, Grzegorz Proksa). And I don't even mean that as a disparaging comment about Mora either, but it just goes to show that he indeed slipped back into relative obscurity.
"I went back to the drawing board, worked hard and now I'm blessed to be a part of this great event," Mora said. "I don't plan to let this opportunity get by me. On Aug. 1, I'm coming to Brooklyn to win."
Hey, at least we still have Broner-Porter this weekend which is an excellent match-up on paper, and probably the best PBC fight made thus far (although DeGale-Dirrell and Thurman-Guerrero were also pretty darn good).