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17 NOVEMBER 2018

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Mora Narrowly Decisions Han

By Marc Livitz: Sergio Mora eked past Abraham "Abie" Han for the vacant USBA middleweight championship on Friday evening as ESPN’s "Friday Night Fights" rolled into the deep south at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The former WBC super middleweight champion had his work most certainly cut out for him this evening. His El Paso, TX opponent was a late replacement to face the East Los Angeles fighter after former undisputed middleweight title holder Jermain Taylor withdrew from the bout due to ongoing legal troubles.


Each fighter moved nimbly around the ring in the opening round as they traded occasional jabs. Mora caught Han with a quick one-two to the face midway through the period. Abie used impressive lateral movement at times but often found himself in one of the four corners of the ring. Sergio looked to land his left hook upstairs whenever Han’s jabs were used to fight his way out. Abie got the hint by round three to keep moving and not always let Mora come to him. The game of anticipation and guesswork continued into the fourth. Han’s activity levels increased while Mora seemed content to try and connect with more meaningful shots that did more than just land ineffectively. Han, a former kickboxer continued to control the pace and tried his best to make Sergio fight his fight.


Throughout much of the fifth it was Han for a change that was forcing his opponent into a corner. A left hook to his head courtesy of his southern California foe got his attention closer to the bell. Mora looked to change the story in the sixth as the pace of the fight had slowed just a tad. There were more than a few breaks of clinches by referee Keith Hughes during the round. Successive head shots from Han caused Mora to duck and dodge at times in period seven. He closed with a flurry with short punches to the body. A hard right by Mora to head of his west Texas adversary highlighted the eighth. The "Latin Snake" controlled the round.


As the final third of the bout was underway, the two men were a stark contrast from each other, as Mora knew the benefits of punching and moving while Han was good at moving his body but not his head. Both were visibly tired in the tenth. A short right from Han caught an off balance Mora on the top of the shoulder which sent him to the canvas for the first knockdown of the contest. Sergio grinned as he received the mandatory eight count. Han tried to turn the bout into an all out exchange as round eleven began. Energy levels had been drained and neither fighter could do more than walk around the ring as the contest went to the final three minutes.


Mora seemed to take on the role that Han had exhibited earlier in the bout. He was now the rover and Abie was the chaser. The holding resurfaced at times once again. Han put on a great show as did Mora. Ultimately, it would be the three ringside judges who held the final call. The argument could have easily been made that a fighter with the credentials of Sergio Mora should have sealed the deal within the allotted thirty six minutes, which is in many ways the story of his career according to more than one opinion in the boxing universe.


The judges’ scorecards read as follows: 114-113 (Mora), 115-112 (Han) and 115-112 in favor of the "Latin Snake", Sergio Mora by way of a hard fought split decision. His record was pushed to (28-3-2, 9 KO’s) with the victory for the vacant USBA middleweight belt. Abie Han put on a great show but nevertheless fell to (23-2, 14 KO’s).


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