Bryan Vera Upsets Sergio Mora, Wins Ten Round Decision

By Jake Donovan

Super Bowl weekend began with a notable upset on Friday night at the Fort Worth (TX) Convention Center, as Bryan Vera outfought Sergio Mora every step of the way en route to a well-earned split decision win in a 10-round matchup of former Contender participants.

Both fighters weighed in at the contracted limit of 163 lb. for the main event, which aired live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series.

Vera’s greatest strengths in this matchup were his advantages in power and being the naturally bigger fighter. The local fighter put both of those attributes to use in the opening round, one that saw Mora struggle to get going as he was repeatedly beaten to the punch.

Mora switched between southpaw and righty in the second round, but didn’t enjoy much success from either side of the plate. Vera continued to score with right hand shots while walking through virtually anything Mora had to offer.

Momentum stayed with the crowd favorite in the third, who continued to press the action. Mora had no responses for any of Vera’s attacks, including a left hook that caught the Californian and left him with a puzzled, sheepish look on his face as if he wasn’t expecting to take any kind of punishment.

The fourth was by far Mora’s best round of the fight, though not necessarily a frame that he won outright. But for the first time in the fight, Vera had reason to guard against the incoming, although nothing that Mora landed qualified as a game changer.

After a competitive fifth round, Vera regained control in the sixth. A pair of power shots upstairs sent Mora reeling into the ropes, causing a welt under his left eye and a cut just above.

The facial damage didn’t seem to bother the former reality star, who stood his ground in the seventh though once again under siege as Vera trapped him along the ropes late in the round. Vera reopened the cut over Mora’s left eye with straight right hands and caused a fresh one over his right eye courtesy of an accidental clash of heads.

The previous seven rounds alone should’ve provided Mora with the necessary sense of urgency to let it all hang out in the final three rounds. The cuts over both eyes made it a no-brainer. Yet Mora refused to kick it into high gear, instead spending the final nine minutes fighting like a man more concerned with crossing the finish line than with winning the fight.

Vera sensed as much and turned up the heat as a result. A pair of right hands snapped back Mora’s head midway through the ninth, though a brief shift in momentum came moments later as Mora opted to target the body. A right hand downstairs literally lifted Vera off of his feet, though no follow up was offered.

With the fight hanging in the balance in the 10th and final round, Vera closed strong while Mora spent the majority of the frame attempting to catch his breath after

Technical difficulties with the audio system kept the crowd in suspense for a few minutes longer, though the news that followed would be well worth the wait.

Scores of 96-94 were registered by all three judges. Mora was the winner on the first announced card, but was overruled by identical scores in Vera’s favor in the eyes of the other two judges, providing the Friday Night Fights series with yet another upset in this young 2011 season.

The win advances Vera’s record to 18-5 (11KO) and couldn’t have come at a better time. Since scoring a 7th round knockout over Andy Lee in a career-best performance, Vera dropped four of his next five bouts. Friday’s performance breathes new life into a career into a career that appeared to be spiraling downward.

Meanwhile, Mora once again fails to rise to the occasion. Five months after choking against badly faded Shane Mosley, the former junior middleweight titlist falls short when it matters most. He falls to 22-2-2 (6KO), scoring just one win in his past four contests.


Upset specialist Chris Chatman(9-1-1, 4KO) overcame an opening round knockdown to score one of his own late in the fight to earn a majority draw with unbeaten Dallas native Charles Hatley (14-0-1, 11KO). Scores were 75-75 twice and a suspension-worthy tally of 77-73 for Hatley from the third judge.

A full recap of the aforementioned televised co-feature can be found by clicking here.

Local junior bantamweight Ray Ximenez, Jr. (2-0, 0KO) enjoyed airtime in a televised swing bout, taking care of Houston journeyman Alfredo Berto (1-4, 0KO) en route to a lopsided four-round decision. Scores were 40-36 across the board.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lorily on 02-07-2011

[quote=Kimo;10062609]That fight was actually decently entertaining! Actually saw some inside fighting as well!! Not the insanely annoying clinchfest of the Mosley fight.[/quote] I agree, I was expecting to see Mora fight Vera the same way he did against Mosely. The…

Comment by RoyJonesJrp4pno1 on 02-05-2011

Just shows how washed up ****ty Shane is.

Comment by budfr on 02-05-2011

It was a good fight. Vera showed more hearte then Mosley. When two Mexicans fight, they fight is usually good.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2011

[QUOTE=Sweet Jesus;10062291]I'm shocked.[/QUOTE] Ha ha! My feelings exactly.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2011

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;10060702][B]Never heard of Bryan Vera[/B] but it doesnt suprise me at all he beat Sergio Bore-a.[/QUOTE] Because his name is not Manny Pacquiao. I saw the fight when Vera beat undefeated Andy Lee for the upset win. Seems that Vera…

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