Daniel Jacobs vs Sergio Mora II & Robert Easter Jr vs Richard Commey
BY KID HERSH
PBC on Spike from Santander Arena in Reading Pennsylvania. First up was the HIGHLY anticipated prospect matchup for a lightweight title between Richard Commey (24-0, 22KO's) vs Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14KO's). In the first round Easter took control of the fight with his superior boxing skills from range. He used his jab to create distance and caught Commey with his left hook when Commey rushed inside too eagerly. Commey showed good aggression and that he is going to come forward to press Easter which is a good game plan but he is getting hit far too much. In the second round Easter came out and pressed Commey backwards into the rounds, smothering his output. It was working but it was not as good of a plan as he had in the first - creating distance and catching him on the end of his shots. Easter backed off a little over midway through the round but then promptly took a right hand to the chin that seemed to hurt him as he clinched and the fight got a little sloppy. The thirrd round was all Commey, as he turned the fight around and into his favor while playing off of the moment built in the second half of the second round. He caught Easter with right hands flush on the chin and instead of pressing forward ineffectively he was forcing Easter around the ring. Easter looked confused and a bit off balance, unsure of what exactly to do as he couldn't get away from the right hand. Commey was also wisely putting in body work. In the fourth and fifth rounds Easter started to make a bit of change as he anticipated Commey, seeming to either figure out his footwork and movement coming inside or Commey slowed down just enough so that he could time him out. In the fifth round Easter definitely took the action over, using his left hook like he did in the earlier rounds to catch Commey coming in while also blasting uppercuts on the inside, being the ring general yet again. The sixth round was all Easter and the most dominant of the fight for him as he easily picked off Commey from a distance, utilizing his superior speed. The seventh round was a closer one, as Commey tried to change it up - not wanting the fight to get out of hand. This is the mark of a great fight - as it has ebbs and flows and switches hands back and forth. Commey got closer to his man in the seventh but was still taking more shots than he should be while following Easter instead of dictating the action. In the eighth round we got action when at just before the two minute mark into the round Commey blasted Easter with a right hand that caused his legs to buckle and he momentarily started to fall to the canvas. Miraculously, he caught himself on the way down, snapping back to earth, but referee Benjiy Esteves ruled it a knockdown while sayinng that Easters glove touched the canvas. Easter seemed fine afterwards - showing excellent recouperative abilities, but I am sure that dependent on the outcome of this fight this will be a highly debated point because replays would show that it appears he caught himself while the glove hovered juuuuust above the canvas. The eighth round was one of the best rounds of the year as both men stood and traded bombs to start the round as well as end the round, taking turns blasting away but showing great skill in doing so as they rolled with shots and vied for the upper hand while not backing down one iota. The tenth round was a close one heading into the championship rounds and in the eleventh round both guys were really sitting down on their punches, trying to do serious damage. Commey was cocking off at the end of the round for the first time in the fight. Not exactly sure why, because it was a very close round, but perhaps it is simply to leave an impression and steal it - which he may have just done. The twelfth and final round was an extremely memorable one as Easter came out and blasted Commey with a right hand to the temple that buckled both his legs. Again miraculously, just like Easter in the eighth round, he somehow managed to stay up and stay on his feet. He made it through the remainder of the round, show heart guts and skill in doing so. The cards came in 115-112 Easter, 114-113 Commey, 114-113 Easter with a reaction from the crowd that was rousing as Toledo Ohio (Easters hometown) was in the house. Amazing fight and amazing showing from both guys - likely my pick for fight of the year thus far. It also is interesting to me and I feel that I must point out that Ghana is coming around like other countries, seeming to have better trainers as their fighters are competing on the world level in a better manner (overall) than in the past. Almost like in Europe we used to think of them as "stand up Europeans" but now suddenly in current times they have evolved. I believe Ghana is doing the same, as evidenced tonight by Commey because he was able to change tactics multiple times in the fight.
Next up it was main event time featuring the rematch between Daniel Jacobs (31-1, 28KO's) and Sergio Mora (28-4-2, 9KO's). In the first round Mora was posturing and posing and on his wheels, moving about the ring and as Antonio Tarver called it "shadow boxing" his man. Jacobs was not doing anything himself either though so I'm not so sure I would give the round to either man. Jacobs seemed to shake some ring rust off in the second round, as he hurt Mora with body shots throughout the round and nearly doubling him over. Both men were switching between stances in the second round as well, more posturing perhaps but Jacobs was doing damage now. It was surprising to me that he did not press his advantage though after having Mora hurt multiple times. He continued the punishment in the third round and although Mora is taking it well I have to wonder how long he can hold up under the heavy hands of Jacobs that are hitting home now. Sure Mora is a cagey veteran with a good chin but he isn't creating distance or rolling with punches like he needs to be in order to be in this fight. At the end of the fourth round Mora went down and it was ruled a knockdown but it really looked like he was more so off balance and caught ducking down too low. Nearly the same identical thing would happen at the end of the fifth round as Mora went down froom a shoulder shot that he claimed was a push. Then in the sixth round Mora was looking far more beat up, nearly going down again but clearly a beaten up man as Jacobs piled on the punishment. It all mounted up in the seventh round when a minute into the round Mora went down for the first time in the fight via a clean blow and clearly from punishment. Mora would go down two more times and then the fight wass finally stopped when it was clear that Mora is not going to recoup and has got no shot of winning anymore. Emphatic win for The Miracle Man Danny Jacobs as he is the first person to cleanly, clearly stop Sergio Mora.