Last night's PBC on Spike telecast featured a pair of title fights, with Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs successfully defending his WBA World Middleweight title, as well as rising star Robert Easter Jr. get the nod in a split decision against Richard Commey for the vacant IBF World Lightweight belt.
In the main event, a rematch from their 2015 fight, Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO) absolutely outclassed and outpowered Mora for the entirety of the six-plus rounds. He started out the first round somewhat feeling out Mora (28-5, 9 KO), however it did not take long to pick up the action, as the champion flailed banging shots into the "Latin Snake" at will. Mora spent the first few rounds attempting to muster an offense to offset Jacobs', however by the 4th round it was very evident he was simply attempting to survive.
Late in the fourth frame, a blow towards the top of the challenger's head sent him to the mat for Jacobs' first knockdown of the night, and it would certainly not be the last. Mora was knocked down again in the 5th, with two potential knockdowns being ruled pushes in the 6th as well. Finally in the 7th, Jacobs began landing cleanly and sent Mora scurrying to get back up three times, leading to the Latin Snake's corner to step in while the referee was also waving off the fight.
Jacobs once again looked very impressive, and much bigger fights are sure to come his way, as there is a plethora of good fights available for him in the Middleweight division. Him holding a secondary WBA title could lead to a shot against a fellow title holder incredibly soon.
In the co-main event, rising prospect Robert Easter Jr. (18-0, 14 KO) realized his dream of becoming a world champion by slinking out a split decision victory for the IBF World Lightweight title against Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KO) of Ghana on scores of 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter, with one judge scoring the bout 114-113 for Commey.
This fight was the true gem of the night, as they traded blows back and forth for the duration of the fight and most rounds were incredibly tough to score. The action escalated in the 8th round, when Commey caught Easter with a glancing shot that sent the prospect to the ground for a count. He was able to continue, and come out with a vengeance for the rest of the fight. They both were landing massive punches the whole night, proving they both have the chin and skills it takes to be a championship fighter. The fight ended with them both wailing shots upon each other all the way to the final bell.
Now that Easter holds the IBF strap, it would be expected for him to take a "showcase" type fight in order to set up a bigger fight with another title holder. There are some really big names in the division, such as Manchester's Terry Flanagan and Anthony Crolla, so it is only a matter of time before Easter Jr. gets the big payday and high-profile fight he has been dying for.