This past Saturday night, Brian Vera (21-6, 12 KOs) and Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs) went to battle for the second time. Just like the first time, Vera was victorious, albeit in controversial fashion.
Both Mora and Vera came to be known by most boxing fans from their time on The Contender reality show. Mora capitalized on his TV exposure, winning the $1 million prize money by defeating Peter Manfredo in the final. Vera did not fare so well and was knocked out in his first ring appearance on the show by Jaidon Codrington.
Since then, they have taken very different paths to get to this past Saturday night’s fight in San Antonio. Mora, at one point in his career, won the WBC junior middleweight title while Vera has acted as a gatekeeper for the middleweight division.
In the first fight between the former reality TV stars, Vera won by a razor-close split decision. In the rematch, he won again. This time, although it was a majority decision, Vera won by wide margins on two of the judges' scorecards, much to the chagrin of Sergio Mora.
Now that these two have met twice, we have learned quite a bit about both fighters.
The most obvious thing that we have learned is that Mora has no power. Throughout the fight, Mora landed lead rights and lead left hooks that, while they looked good, had little to no effect on his opponent.
Mora, who may have one of the slickest defenses in boxing (he fights “in the pocket” a la James Toney and Floyd Mayweather Jr.), did not do himself any favors by constantly inviting the much busier and harder-punching Vera in to tee off on him at will. While Mora was able to dodge most of the punches, Vera looked to be the busier of the fighters throughout the bout, which was probably the difference on the judges' scorecards.
Vera isn’t that good. His wins over Mora will most likely be the highlights of his career. Whenever the Austin, Texas native has had to step up his level of competition in the past he has lost, but for some reason he has Mora’s number.
Texas continues to have some of the worst judges in boxing. I can see a draw in this fight or a slight points win for either fighter—the scores of 118-110 and 117-111 for Vera are absolutely laughable. His corner man, Ronnie Shields, would probably agree considering he told Vera that he needed a knockout to win in the 12th and final round.