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Sergio Mora vs. Daniel Jacobs Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15

Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora

Boxing: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Mora +775 / Jacobs -1200 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Sergio Mora and Daniel Jacobs fight Saturday night at the Barclays Center for the WBA (Regular) Middleweight title.

Sergio Mora enters this fight with a 28-3-2 record that includes nine knockouts. More has won his last five fights and is coming off a February win over Abraham Han. You would think Mora would start to slow down as he quickly approaches 35 years old, but he enters this fight in fine form. The Latin Snake has earned his nickname by being a quick fighter who moves around the ring well and has quick hands. While Mora doesn’t pack a serious punch, his defense is solid and has never really been beaten badly despite having five fights that didn’t go his way. The concern with Mora is that he’s always come up short in the big fights and has a career that’s never allowed him to really take that next step. This will be the first time Mora fights in New York.

Sergio Mora vs. Daniel Jacobs Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/15

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Daniel Jacobs enters this fight with a 29-1 record that includes 26 knockouts. Jacobs has won his last nine fights and is coming off a April victory over Caleb Truax. As if you couldn’t tell by his knockout percentage, Jacobs has ridiculous power, and 11 of his last 12 bouts have been decided in the fifth round or earlier. Jacobs does a good job of controlling fights and puts together sweet combinations that eventually lead to the knockout blow. Jacobs is the real deal when he’s allowed to fight his fight and be aggressive. The main concern with Jacobs is that we don’t know how great his chin is besides the fact he was knocked out in 2010 by Dmitry Pirog. This will be Jacobs’ eighth time fighting in New York, his hometown.

This is a nice test for Jacobs who hasn’t fought anybody of real quality since his bout against Pirog. Jacobs also admits that Mora is probably the most devastating fighter he’s had since moving to middleweight.

Mora is a solid fighter and is extremely experienced. However, Jacobs is younger, packs far more of a punch and is fighting in his backyard. It’s hard to bet against the champ in this match. However, it should be closer than what the odds indicate.

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