Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO) is set to defend his WBA Middleweight title for the first time in 2016. His opponent, however, won't be fighting Jacobs for the first time.
Jacobs will defend his title against Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9 KO) on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. This fight will headline a Premier Boxing Champions Broadcast on Spike TV.
Jacobs made his second title defense on August 1, 2015, against Mora. The first fight between them started with fireworks, with both fighters being knocked down in the first round. Things then took a turn for the worst when Mora fell and broke his ankle in the second round, forcing a referee stoppage and awarding Jacobs the win. Jacobs is excited to get another chance to truly beat Mora on national television.
"This is business for me, but it is also more personal than any fight I have ever had," Jacobs said in an article on ESPN.com. "Sergio has been using these antics online to get this rematch and he has gotten under my skin. There has been a lot of back-and-forth as far as people's opinions as to who would have won the fight had he not gotten hurt. I am looking at this as an opportunity to clarify that I am the real champion. I want to shut his trap in prime time."
The 29-year-old champion from Brooklyn has not had much fight time in the past 15 months. He has fought a total of 7 minutes and 20 seconds in his last two fights: the first win against Mora and an 85-second victory against Peter Quillin on December 5.
Also on the card, Reading local heavyweight Travis Kauffman (30-1, 22 KO) will fight an opponent to be determined in a 10-round bout. He is the son of promoter Marshall Kauffman, whose King's Promotions is putting on the card. Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KO) and Robert Easter (17-0, 14 KO) will meet for a vacant lightweight world title. Commey and Easter, who have both knocked out their last five opponents, will be meeting for the 135-pound belt recently vacated by Rances Barthelemy, who elected to move up in weight.