By Francisco Salazar
Sergio Mora has done it all in boxing.
He became a world champion, is well known to fight fans, and has made a modest living as a prizefighter.
One would think he does not continue to fight, but Mora thinks otherwise. He believes he can become a world champion again, reaching the pinnacle of success that he has tasted before.
Mora even believes the current world title-holders have not face the opposition he has in his career and he is looking forward to position himself to challenge one of those fighters in 2014.
First things first, he has to take of business tonight.
Mora will fight Milton Nunez in a scheduled eight round bout at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.
The bout will be on the non-televised undercard of the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez main event bout. The card is co-promoted by Goossen Tutuor and Lou DiBella.
Mora (24-3-2, 7 KOs) became more of a household name in the sport of boxing by winning the first season of “The Contender” and winning a world champion as a welterweight against the late Vernon Forrest.
He has not been as active as one would think he should be, which he attributes that to contractual issues. He wants to fight as often as possible because he is eager to fight for world titles and putting a string of victories together will get him there.
He faces a dangerous opponent in Nunez, who has 24 knockouts in his 26 victories. Even though his fight is not televised, Mora jumped on the opportunity when a slot on the Saturday’s card opened.
“(Promoter) Lou DiBella promised to keep me busy and he’s keeping his word,” Mora told Boxingscene.com in a phone interview on Wednesday night. “I know the fight won’t be televised, but you have to advantage of things that are offered to me.”
“I don’t know anything about Nunez other than he’s a power puncher and I’ve seen one YouTube video of him. I know he has not had the quality of opposition I’ve faced. I’ve fought at a different level and I’m going to show him that early in the fight.”
Mora is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision over Grzgorz Proksa on June 28th. Tonight will be the second and likely final time Mora will fight in 2013.
Mora has faced quality opposition in his career. He is critical of the world titleholders in the middleweight division who he believes have belts without having to go through the difficult fights as he has had to go through.
“It’s frustrating seeing the fighters with belts now,” said Mora, who goes by the nickname of ‘Latin Snake.’ “If you look at my last 10-12 opponents, I have fought winners. My opponents in those fights have an 88% winning percentage. My record speaks for itself.”
“The opposition these fighters face for a world title shot is favorable to them. Guy like Peter Quillin has only fought two or three top fighters. They’ve never had to fight those types of difficult fights that I’ve had to. These fighters have a high knockout percentage because of the weak opposition. If I fought those fighters, I would have a high knockout percentage also.”
Mora is excited and eager to get on with the second phase of his career. He believes what he has learned and the hard knocks he has gone through will only benefit him in the long run.
He has to get through Nunez tonight for that to happen. Then again, Mora is not letting anyone stand in his way to get that title shot.
“I’m very excited about this second part of my career. I’m a grown man. It’s like Neos in the “Matrix” movie where everything slows down when he sees the numbers. I feel everything slows down in the ring to me where I can capitalize.”
“I’m a smart Mexican-American fighter that has made it this far. I can’t wait to fight for a world title, where I can expose these guys and be back on top.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Ring TV. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing