Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) is set to defend his IBF middleweight title belt against Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6th in Biloxi, Mississippi. These fighters were originally set to face each other in 2007 on the reality show, “The Contender,” but Mora having 19 fights in his professional career, with only one of them going 10 rounds felt he was too inexperienced to fight for the WBO and WBC middleweight titles at that particular time of his career. He also believed the venue FedEx Forum in Memphis Tennessee, would have put him at a grave disadvantage on the scorecards since it would only be two hours away from Taylor’s hometown in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mora decided to opt out in the fight and a one million dollar payday, but eventually earned a title belt the following year against Vernon Forest by earning a majority decision victory. Three months later Mora lost his WBC light middleweight title in a rematch with Forest, and hasn’t won a major title ever since. Now he will get the opportunity to become a recognizable world champion once again by defeating the man he avoided eight years ago. Mora at age 34 and Taylor at 36, will finally compete against one another after all these years for a chance to further rejuvenate their careers.