The Latin Snake, Sergio Mora (28-3-2) was scheduled to face former IBF Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor for the main event of this weekend’s Friday Night Fights. However since Taylor was stripped of the title due to him facing two different felony charges, Mora was then scheduled to face late replacement Abraham Han (23-2).
Han did not disappoint the fans at The Beau Rivage in Biloxi either, but before their USBA Championship bout was to occur, there were super welterweight and light heavyweight boxing matches to take the stage.
Light heavyweight prospects, Ahmed Elbiali (10-1) and Dustin Echard (10-1) took the stage in quick but exciting bout. After an incredibly close first round where both fighters landed significant heavy shots, it was Elbiali who would take control in the second.
By control he would put Echard away. Ahmed landed a hard right hand early and floored Dustin, and when Dustin got to his feet, he was outside of the ring apron. He was clearly out but standing and after answering the standard eight count, Ahmed made quick work and landed more bombs until the fight was stopped.
Then Super Welterweight Erickson Lubin (9-0) would add to his young legacy by cruising passed Michael Finney (12-2) in the night’s co-main event.
Lubin “The Hammer” hammered Finney early with speed and hooks while utilizing the opportunity to get off first. Combos and hooks being eaten were in Finney’s near future and anything he landed was promptly answered. The entire fight was catered to the pace and speed that Erickson dictated and he went on to win every round on every scorecard of their 8 round affair, 80-72.
Then The Latin Snake took on the late replacement. Sergio controlled the early rounds utilizing his ever so quick defense and landed hard over hand rights mixed in with slick right jabs. The crowd started a chant of “Mora, Mora, Mora” but Mora would slip to end round three. During the breather Han’s corner pleaded the case that it should’ve been ruled a knockdown but to no avail.
Mora continues to land his right hooks to control the early rounds. However by round 5 Abie Han starts to show interest in the fight by battering Mora’s body. Sergio tries to stalk Han more but Han answered.
In round seven, Han landed two straight hard overhand rights that seemingly hurt Mora and brought the crowd on his side. Mora rebounds in the next round with a popping jab but is visually breathing with an open mouth.
In round nine the referee called a halt to the action to check a slight cut on Sergio’s eye, nothing was wrong though and Han landed a nice flurry to end the round. In the tenth the pair go toe-to-toe and Abie dropped Mora with a right cross and Sergio stayed on retreat mode for the remainder of the round.
On to the championship rounds and it’s all Abie Han. He pursued Mora and landed when he was able to. The crowd completely shifted to his side and chants of “Abie, Abie, Abie” resonated throughout out the building. The fight ends and Han gets on the top rope to receive further praise from the crowd.
But the crowd didn’t play a factor in the judges scoring. Sergio Mora would be declared the victor in a split decision, (114-113 Mora, 115-112 Han and 115-112 Mora).