Mora Upsets Forrest - Williams Gains Revenge
Posted by Ramon Aranda on 06.08.2008
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The Contender now has a champion to call their own. In a hard fought and close fight, Sergio Mora (21-0-1, 5 KOs) wrested the WBC super welterweight title from Vernon Forrest (40-3-1, 29 KOs) over twelve rounds. Forrest looked good early on, using his stiff jab with a powerful overhand right that kept Mora on the defensive. As the fight progressed however, Forrest seemed to tire and was even overheard in between rounds telling trainer Buddy McGirt that he felt winded. Mora continued to pester Forrest with plenty of movement and a pesky jab that set up a few flashy right hands while his momentum and confidence grew - even shouting out at Forrest after the bell. Forcing Forrest to fight in close quarters, Mora was able to work the body and frustrate Forrest who is more comfortable fighting from the outside. By the final two rounds, Forrest looked exhausted while Mora's workrate flourished in light of Forrest's diminished offense. In the end, Mora was awarded a majority decision win with scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112, 411mania.com had it 116-112 for Mora.
"We treated this like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said an elated Mora of his title shot and he seemed to fight with more intensity, conviction and urgency than the defending champion.
At 37 years of age, Forrest is nine years Mora's elder and a three-time world champion.
"I just couldn't get off," said Forrest following the decision. "He's got a herky-jerky style that threw me off. Congratulations to Sergio. He fought a very good fight, a really technical fight and he was the better man tonight."
Forrest of Atlanta, Ga., falls to 40-3 (28 KOs) and says he will go "back to the drawing board" to see what fights are out there for him next.
In the semi-main event, Paul "The Punisher" Williams (34-1, 25 KOs) made a huge statement in the welterweight division by gaining revenge over Carlos Quintana (25-2, 19 KOs) via a sensational first round TKO. Williams looked loose and comfortable in letting his hands go from the opening bell. Quintana once again showed his speed and foot movement to land a couple of solid hooks but it was Williams who would have his night. Paul hurt Quintana with a straight left hand and after a pair of right hooks had him on the verge of going down, another straight left put Quintana on the canvas. Carlos managed to beat the count but it was clear he was still hurt and Williams went for the kill. A volley of punches had Quintana on rubbery legs and before he could go down for a second time, the fight was mercifully stopped, giving Williams a much needed win over his once conqueror and the WBO welterweight title.
With the victory, Williams once again sets himself up for big paydays with some of the top dogs at 147 pounds and puts him right back into the hunt for supremacy in the division recently vacated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing world title doubleheader was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Fight Nite, LLC, in association with Tournament of Contenders, LLC, DiBella Entertainment, Goossen Tutor Promotions and Northeast Promotions.
The telecast will be rebroadcasted on Tuesday, June 10, at 10:00 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME Too and will be available on SHOWTIME On Demand from 6/10 - 7/7.