COMMENTARY| Sergio Mora’s boxing career has undoubtedly suffered a few setbacks in the last couple of years. Prior to his most recent bout against Grzegorz Proksa – which took place on June 28, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida – and was televised on ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’, Mora’s record in his last four fights was 1-2-1.
Mora, who is known as ‘The Latin Snake’, first fought ‘Sugar Shane Mosley to a draw in 2010. This bout was was heavily criticized by the public for the lack of showing by both fighters. Mora’s two losses in his last four bouts came at the hands of Brian Vera, who like Mora was a contestant on ESPN’s reality show ‘The Contender’. Both bouts with Vera were close, but still showed up as loss on Mora’s record.
Despite the setbacks in recent years, Mora, who was the winner of the first season of ESPN’s ‘The Contender’, has relished in a few personal highs following his success on ‘The Contender’. Mora fought former champion Vernon Forrest twice in 2008, and would defeat Forrest to win the WBC Light Middlewight Championship. However, Mora would lose the belt to Forrest in the rematch, but the first victory over Forrest helped Mora to expand his name in the sport of boxing.
Looking to rebuild his career and make his name known again in the middleweight division, Mora stepped into the ring against 28 year old Polish fighter Grzegorz ‘Super G’ Proksa. Mora not only needed a convincing win to keep his career going, he also needed an impressive showing as well.
Mora isn’t known for having a fan friendly style, but promised that he would be more fan friendlier in this fight. Mora would go on to win the 10 round bout by unanimous decision. The judges scorecards were 96-94, 96-94, and 98-92. Unlike in his previous fights, Mora used his hands more and threw more punches than he normally does. Mora’s movement in the ring noticeably frustrated Proksa at times.
Proksa started out fairly strong in the first few rounds, but struggled down the stretch during the fight. Mora isn’t known for his punching power, as he only as seven knockout victories in his career. He did however buzz Proksa with some clean shots on a few occasions, leaving the Polish fighter looking confused towards the end.
With the victory, Sergio Mora improves his record to 24-3-2. Mora looked decent in the fight, but he didn’t look good enough to have his name thrown around for a title fight at middleweight in my opinion. If Mora wants to his name to hold weight once again in the middleweight division, he’s going to need a few more solid performances. Beating a fighter like Proksa, who has now lost two straight fights is a step in the right direction for Mora. However, it probably won’t give him the buzz he’s looking for to revive his career.