Jermain Taylor-Sergio Mora set to fight on February 6

04/01/2015 08:40

IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) will make the first defence of his title against Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Taylor, 36, won the title, scoring four knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision against Sam Soliman at the same venue in October.

Mora, 34, who is the former WBC light-middleweight champion, is currently on a four fight winning streak.

Taylor will go into the fight facing serious legal problems, as he did going into the fight with Soliman, following an incident in August where he allegedly shot his cousin. He was charged with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening and faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted.

This fight was supposed to take place in May 2007 when Taylor was the undisputed middleweight champion following two decision victories over Bernard Hopkins. However, Mora opted not to take the title fight scheduled for the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, believing the venue was too close to the champion’s hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas and would have somehow given Taylor an unfair advantage.

Hassan N’dam, who won a shot at the IBF title in his win over Curtis Stevens in October, will likely face the winner of this fight.