Mora back in the ring Oct. 16 on ESPN Classic

Originally Published: September 14, 2007
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Three of the four bouts initially scheduled for Saturday night's canceled HBO PPV card were quickly rescheduled -- Juan Manuel Marquez-Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero-Martin Honorio and Steve Forbes-Francisco Bojado.

The fourth, a middleweight clash between Sergio Mora and former junior middleweight titlist Kassim Ouma, won't be rescheduled this year.

Sergio Mora
Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesSergio Mora will fight on Oct. 16 but not against Kassim Ouma.
With no TV slots available on premium cable or on pay-per-view undercards to accommodate the costly fight, and the Ouma camp unwilling to take a pay cut, Mora, the first-season winner of "The Contender," will instead face an opponent to be named Oct. 16 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Mora's bout will air live on ESPN Classic immediately followed by the card's main event on ESPN between "Contender" Season One fan favorite Alfonso Gomez facing Ben Tackie in a welterweight fight.

Mora (19-0, 4 KOs), idle since August 2006, took a significant pay cut in order to fight on the card, "Contender" promoter Jeff Wald told ESPN.com.

"Sergio wants to fight and we want to get him busy," Wald said. "We'd love to fight Ouma after the first of the year, when there will be more TV dates available. ESPN was very gracious to give us an hour [on ESPN Classic] to showcase our 'Contender' champion, and we are going to take advantage of it."

Wald said in addition to possibly revisiting the Ouma match next year, Mora would like to eventually face the winner of the Sept. 29 fight between middleweight champ Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik.

Wald also said he has been approached by the handlers of "Irish" John Duddy about a Duddy-Mora fight in New York around St. Patrick's Day in March.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.

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