On Friday, Feb. 6, DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Promotions will present an exciting edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights when IBF middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (33-4-1, 20KO’s) puts his IBF middleweight title on the line against Contender Season One winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (27-3-2, 9KO’s).
The 12-round championship bout is set take place at MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The pair were scheduled to meet when Taylor was undisputed middleweight champion in 2007, though the fight never materialized.
Taylor has since retired and then returned to beat Sam Soliman for the IBF belt last year, on the back of four comeback victories. Mora’s best win of late came against Grzegorz Proksa, who he beat over 10 rounds in 2013.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Beau Rivage in Biloxi to defend my IBF middleweight world title,” said Taylor. “Regaining the belt meant everything to me and I will be 100 percent focused in training camp to retain my championship. On February 6, boxing fans will be in for a real exciting night of action when I defeat the Latin Snake, Sergio Mora.”
“I’m a firm believer in destiny,” said Mora. “My trainer Dean Campos instilled that in me early in my career. The fight is happening now for a reason. I wasn’t ready to fight Taylor then [in 2007]. I’m more than ready now. I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in destiny.”