Boxing Round-Up: Malignaggi, Mora pick up respective losses
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 03, 2015 01:33 PM
Malignaggi right after the fight: "I'm probably not fighting again"
On Saturday night at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, two former world boxing championns picked up respective defeats.
Former WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora was aiming for another world title, at middleweight this time, against current WBA 160-pound champion Daniel Jacobs. Unfortunately for Mora, an unforeseen accident took him out of the fight early.
The first round was looking to be another classic fight, as both men traded punches that each resulted to knockdowns. In the second round, however, Jacobs took more control and was landing his shots. One right hand landed on top of Mora’s head, sending him falling down on his ankle, as seen in this ESPN video.
Mora tried to get back up but was visibly in pain. This then forced referee Gary Rosato to stop the fight at the 2:55 mark of the second round.
According to a separate report by ESPN, Mora was diagnosed with a fractured right ankle.
Malignaggi mulls retirement after second straight loss
The main event of the card featured undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia, who made his welterweight debut against staunch Manny Pacquiao critic Paulie Malignaggi. Garcia was able to make a strong statement after stopping “The Magic Man” in nine rounds.
According to Garcia, the decision to move up in weight is the best one he has made in his career, so far.
"I still have things to work on, but I'm proud of myself -- 147 is where it's at. I felt a lot stronger [at 147]. In the ninth round, I felt like it was round 1. I need to work on shortening up punches and sticking with the game plan."
The 34-year old Malignaggi, on the other hand, was devastated by his loss, that he has begun to rethink about his immediate future in boxing.
“My career started in Brooklyn 14 years ago. If it ends in Brooklyn tonight, then at least I ended it at home, where I'm from, and in front of the greatest fans in the world. I've got a really good job commentating and watching great fighters fight ringside. I hope to sit around ringside for a long time."
Check out some highlights of Saturday’s Premiere Boxing Champions event through this clip: