No more sitting around for 'Contender' star Mora

Sergio Mora thought his impressive "Contender" performance would be the launching pad to fame, stardom and big paydays. Things haven't exactly panned out that way, but a win against Elvin Ayala next week could put him in line to face Kelly Pavlik.

Originally Published: October 12, 2007
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

AROUND THE RING Mora returns with eye on Pavlik

Middleweight Sergio Mora, who shot to fame by winning the first season of "The Contender" reality series, has been learning another reality lately: The rough business of boxing.

But after a 14-month layoff, Mora is ready to get back to work and put behind him the mountain of negative publicity he received after turning down a May 19 shot at then-middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Mora wasn't comfortable fighting in Memphis, Tenn., ...

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