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Taylor to defend against Mora on February 6

Jermain Taylor

Jermain Taylor was supposed to defend his then-middleweight championship in 2007 against Sergio Mora but after Mora turned down a career-high payday due to his refusal to fight in Taylor’s backyard, the fight never materialized.

Now nearly eight years later, Taylor(33-4-1, 20 KOs), who recently regained a middleweight title is finally set to face Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) on February 6, which headlines an ESPN Friday Night Fights card (9 p.m. ET) from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Beau Rivage in Biloxi to defend my IBF middleweight world title,” said Jermain 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.”

Taylor is kicking off his second reign as a middleweight titlist, having won his first crown in 2005 with an upset win over Bernard Hopkins.  He would make four successful title defenses before losing the title to Kelly Pavlik. Last October, Taylor would face IBF titlist Sam Soliman and win an unlikely unanimous decision to win his second world title by outboxing the Australian.

As for Mora, he would win his first world title in 2008 when he unseated the late Vernon Forrest, before losing it in a rematch. He would go on to lose a few fights in the years that followed including a draw against Shane Mosley.

With a handful of recent wins under his belt, Mora is once again in line for a title shot.

“I’m a firm believer in destiny,” said Mora. “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 [in 2007]. I’m more than ready now. I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in destiny.”

Tickets are on sale now and priced at $29.95, $49.95, $69.95 and 89.95.

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