BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - IBF Middleweight Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KO's) will defend his crown against former Junior Middleweight Champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (27-3-2, 9 KO's) in a 12-round championship bout.
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment said, "This is a highly competitive fight and a very important one for the 160 pound weight division. This is a huge opportunity for both Jermain and Sergio and it is a fight that nearly happened many years ago. Now both of their careers have come full circle and we anticipate a very exciting 'must-win' fight between the two of the best middleweights in the world on February 6."
Seven year after losing his middleweight crown to Kelly Pavlik, Jermain Taylor regained the IBF title on October 8 of last year defeating Australian title-holder Sam Soliman via unanimous decision. He would knock down Soliman four times in the fight that was held at the Beau in his most impressive win of his comeback that began in 2011 following a two-year layoff.
"I am thrilled to be returning to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi to defend my IBF Middleweight World Title, "stated Taylor. "Regaining the belt meant everything to me and I will be 100 percent focused in training camp to retain my championship. On February 6, boxing fans will be in for a real exciting night of action when I defeat the Latin Snake, Sergio Mora."
Mora and Taylor were projected to square-off inside the ring back in 2007, but the fight never materialized. Mora is now rated No. 13 by the IBF and received his first world title shot in June 2008 and he beat WBC 154 pound champion Vernon Forrest over 12 rounds to secure the championship.
Entering the February 6 fight at the Beau, Mora has won four consecutive fights. Mora dominated former world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa in winning a unanimous decision and scored fifth-round knockouts over another world contender in Milton Nunez and Samuel Rogers.
Mora said, "I'm a firm believer in destiny. My trainer Dean Campos instilled that in me early in my career. The fight is happening now for a reason. I wasn't ready to fight Taylor then. I'm more than ready now. I don't believe in coincidences. I believe in destiny."
Tickets are on sale at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Tickmaster.com. Tickets are $29.95, $49.95, $69.95 and $89.95, plus tax and service charges.
Doors open at 4:45 p.m. on February 6 with the first bout slated to hit the ring at 5:30 p.m.