BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing)
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora outpointed a game Abie Han in the main event at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi to claim the vacant USBA middleweight title Friday night.
Han, who was a late replacement, was aggressive but Mora was more effective, landing the cleaner punches. Judges Freddie Steinweinder and Richard Green ruled 10-9 in favor of Mora in rounds 3-6, providing Mora the cushion he needed to hold off Han despite being dropped in the 10th-round, which was not really a knock down. Mora landed a left hook to the head of Han, and was off balance moving back and hit the canvas.
Green ruled 114-113 in favor of Mora and Steinwinder ruled 115-12 for Mora’s side. Larry Ingle ruled 115-112 in favor of Han.
The IBF stripped Jermain Taylor of his middleweight world title Friday, hours before he was originally scheduled to make his first defense. He is facing facing numerous felony charges stemming from two gun-related incidents — the alleged shooting of his cousin back in August, and an incident last month in which he allegedly discharged a gun and threatened to shoot a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade back in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mora (28-3-2) smiled a sigh of relief once the decision was read out aloud.
In other action, 19-year-old super welterweight Erickson Lubin battered Michael Finney in a unanimous decision win. Finney was able to work the body a but, but Lubin constantly punched his way through Finney’s defense. By the fifth round, Finney’s face was battered and bruised as the native of Orlando, Florida moved his mark to a perfect at 8-0 with six knockouts while Michael Finney dropped to 12-2-1.
In the first televised bout of the night, Ahmed Elbiali put on a show as he dominated his bout against Dustin Echard, earning a second-round TKO in their heavyweight clash. Elbiali battered Echard (10-1) with rights and furty-four seconds into the second round, the ref stopped the bout as Elibiali moved to 9-0 with 9ko’s.
Super featherweight Dennis Galarza earned a unanimous decision win over Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera to push his mark to 7-1, while Herrera fell to 21-14-1.
Australian Stephen Lovett sent James Johnson of Shreveport, La., to the mat with a left hook just 1:12 into the first round. Johnson, who showed heart and wanted to keep boxing, had nothing left and the ref stepped in to halt the action.
Lovett improved to 11-0 while Johnson falls to 28-44-4.
Steven Ortiz won his debut as a pro over Evan Woolsey in a lightweight bout. Ortiz (1-0) got the unanimous decision but had to work for it over the game Woolsey (2-6-1)
Darwin Price of St. Louis, Mo., took a unanimous decision victory over Christian Steele in a super lightweight bout.
Dakota Dawson couldn’t quite last the first round as Leo Hall dominated from the first bell. Hall earned a TKO at the 2:54 mark of the first round.
Hall improved to 5-0 over the much smaller Dawson (3-2).
In a cruiserweight affair, Isiah Thomas kicked off the action as he earned the judges decision over Brad Austin with scores from the judges of 60-54, 59-55 and 57-57