Daniel Jacobs retained his WBA “world” middleweight title, and Robert Easter Jr won the vacant IBF lightweight belt tonight in a mixed PBC on Spike doubleheader from Reading, Pennsylvania.
Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO) easily won his rematch with Sergio Mora (28-5-2, 9 KO), dropping “The Latin Snake” five times overall, including three times in the seventh round, where the bout was stopped at 2:08.
The 29-year-old Jacobs hadn’t fought since an 85-second blowout of Peter Quillin last December, and the hope now is that he’ll pick up his pace again. The WBA has threatened to mandate a fight between Jacobs and “super world” titleholder Gennady Golovkin, but we’ll see.
Mora, 35, was fighting for the first time since August 2015, when he injured his ankles in his TKO-2 loss to Jacobs, a fight where both were down in the opening round. This time out, he fought much more like the Sergio Mora we’ve come to know over the years, which is to say in a safety-first fashion, trying to bait Jacobs with awkwardness, but really accomplishing next to nothing in the fight.
The co-feature, however, was a barnburner, as Easter (18-0, 14 KO) edged out a split decision win over Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KO) over 12 rounds to win his first world title.
Easter and Commey delivered action from start to finish in this fight, a grueling affair that saw Easter ruled down in the eighth round when his glove brushed the canvas after a right hand from Commey — or maybe did not brush the canvas, actually.
Both guys were somewhat unknown quantities coming in, Easter a celebrated prospect, Commey a fighter from Ghana who earned a mandatory shot at this belt, neither having real big fight experience yet. We do know now that both of these guys can take a hell of a shot, because Commey hit Easter with some punches that would’ve knocked out some good fighters, and vice versa. All in all, you couldn’t ask much more from this fight.
It’s also worth noting that Easter, from Toledo, Ohio, drew the majority of the crowd for this show, which emptied out by about half for the main event.