Vera Defeats Mora in Controversial Rematch Decision; Escalante Flattens Miranda in Two
Nine months since his last start, former WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora finally had a chance to avenge his loss to Brian “The Warrior” Vera, 21-6 (12), falling to two ridiculously lopsided scores in Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” main event at the Alamodome’s Illusions Theater in San Antonio, TX on Saturday night.
Vera, hailing from San Antonio, mildly derailed Mora’s career following the East L.A. fighter’s draw with Shane Mosley prior to Vera vs. Mora I.
Mora, showing some rust, came out using his sneaky, side-to-side movement, keeping an advancing Vera at bay with his jab. The local fighter found it difficult to land a clean shot in the first couple of rounds.
Mora, with the lack of power necessary to stay busy, muffled the straightforward Vera, who found some success in the third, digging to Mora’s midsection. Mora spent most of the round fighting against the ropes, landing a hard one-two which drew blood from Vera’s nose midway into the round.
The plan was simple; Mora needed to outwork his opponent as Vera, the brawler, has always shown a very good chin. After getting nailed a few times, his body beginning to drift off the middle rope in the fourth, Mora got a quick break by referee Mark Calo-Oy. In turn, Mora returned to the same spot and waved on his opponent, staying in the pocket and fighting off the ropes for the remainder of the round.
Mora got a rhythm going in the fifth, making Vera miss often during attempted exchanges.
The sharper Mora went on to land the fewer yet more effective shots in the sixth and seventh as Vera threw more – and missed. Most shots were blocked or slipped by Mora who would constantly land slashing rights and left hooks in return, then quickly slipped away to the ropes.
Vera went back to work in the eighth as Mora looked a bit tired, seemingly taking the round off.
Mora kept going in the ninth, landing often on the counter as Vera, not worried about being hurt, would take shot after shot and keep going, trying to land punches in bunches with very little success.
Mora stood his ground in the 10th, landing hard to the body and head often in the first half of the round. Vera looked confused, turning the tide later in the round as Mora just did not have the firepower to keep him away.
Vera took the first of the championship rounds as Mora spent too much time against the ropes without firing back. Ronnie Shields, Vera’s trainer, urged his pupil that he needed a KO to assure a win. Vera went on to throw punches at will with Mora doing his best to neutralize his opponent while landing spurious shots to the bell.
Scores were 114-114 and ridiculous tallies of 118-110 and 117-111 for Vera.
Mora, who could not believe the scores, saw his record drop to 23-3-2 (7) as Vera walked away with the vacant WBO NABO middleweight title.
In other results, El Paso, Texas’ Antonio Escalante, 28-4 (19), scored a spectacular, one-punch KO over murderous puncher Leonilo Miranda, 32-5 (30), at 1:19 of the second round of a scheduled eight-round super featherweight bout.
Jerren Cochran, 5-0 (3), defeated Jesus Rocha, 2-1-1, via decision in a four-round featherweight bout.
Colombian lightweight Darley Perez, 26-0 (19), came from behind on points to defeat a tough, cagey Bahodir Mamadjonov via split decision at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” main event.
Mamadjonov, a late replacement, gave fits to the highly regarded Perez. Fighting out of the southpaw stance, Mamadjonov had Perez completely confused for the first five rounds. Never having fought a southpaw, Perez would keep walking in, trying to land one punch at a time as the shorter Mamadjonov darted in and out, throwing combinations, rattling and putting Perez in trouble in the second frame.
Perez finally got going at the end of the fifth, letting his hands go and landing on the Uzbeki fighter. Perez continued the momentum in the following round, catching Mamadjonov with a sneaky, looping right uppercut on the chin, putting the southpaw down against the ropes.
Mamadjonov came back in the ninth, using his speed to beat Perez to the punch.
The tenth round featured sustained action by both fighters in a very tight round. In what could have easily been a draw, Perez came out on top as the scores read 95-94, 96-93 and 94-95 (Mamadjonov) for a split decision. With the loss, Mamadjonov’s first, dropped his record to 11-1 (7).
Avalos Defeats Vicente in Ten
In the co-featured bout, super bantamweight Chris Avalos, 20-2 (15), had his hands full in defeating Dominican Yenifel Vicente in a 10-round bout.
Avalos, the taller fighter, could have had an easier time boxing from the outside yet chose to fight on the inside against the shorter man. This gave the Colombian plenty of opportunities to land, making it a close battle.
Avalos separated himself in the fifth after dropping Vicente with a left hook. The previously undefeated Vicente tried to rally in spots during the rest of the round, having his fair share of moments, yet it was Avalos’ better technique and variety of shots which took him to a unanimous 97-92 verdict on all cards.
With the loss, Vicente saw his record fall to 23-1-2 (15).
In other results, super welterweight Giovanni Rodriguez, 7-0 (4), defeated ultra-awkward Cleven Ishe, 3-8 (1), via unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.
Lightweight Jonathan Maicelo beat up a very tough Wilfredo Acuna, scoring a knockdown in the first round. The southpaw Acuna, 14-12 (11), did just enough to stay in the one-sided affair for the rest of the bout. Scores were 60-53 on all cards.
Maicelo, who celebrated his 29th birthday on fight night, saw his record move to 18-0 (10).
Super bantamweight southpaw Glenn Porras, 28-3 (17), defeated Jose Silveira, 14-8 (6), in eight.
Scores were 79-73 (twice) and 78-74.
In the walk-out bout of the night, lightweight Alejandro Luna, 10-0 (8), brought in a large fan-base to see him in action as he overwhelmed and stopped Eddie Ramirez, 6-12-1 (3), in six.
Referee Ray Corona kept a very close eye on the fight as Ramirez would be punished throughout the fight, doing just enough to hang on. Having seen enough head shots land on Ramirez, Corona wisely stepped in and called the fight at 2:12 of the final round.