Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Mora aims for a belt, any belt
By Michael Woods
Los Angeles-based middleweight Sergio Mora is looking to New York promoter Lou DiBella to give him a boost of buzz, and help him secure a title shot in the near future.
Mora, nicknamed "The Latin Snake," held a junior middleweight crown back in 2008, beating the late Vernon Forrest for that honor, and now looks to snag a crown at 160.
"I'm waiting for Lou to bring something to the table," Mora, 32, told me in a phoner. "Nothing yet."
Mora (24-3-2) showed that he hasn't lost a step or skills in taking a UD10 from Grzegorz Proksa in Florida in his last outing, on June 28.
Is Mora targeting any boxer in particular? It might make sense for him to seek a bout with WBA middleweight titlist Sergio Martinez, considering he's also under the DiBella umbrella.
"I'm interested in any middleweight with a belt," Mora said. "The best is Sergio. Then [WBA champ] Gennady Golovkin, [WBO champ] Peter Quillin or [IBF champ] Daniel Geale."
An examination of Mora's record shows a couple surprise stains: two losses, in 2011 and 2012, to Brian Vera, a willing but more rudimentary pugilst. Mora lost a split decision, and then a majority decision in the followup.
Mora dipped into a lull following a draw with Shane Mosley in 2010 which featured some listless rounds of non-action, and thus, he said, he's looking forward to regain buzz and belts: "All I know is I'm ready to start a new chapter in my career with Lou DiBella."