For the second time, Sergio Mora earned the right to hold his arms up high in the Contender Arena.
The man they call “the Latin Snake” bested Ishe Smith over five rounds of remarkable boxing. Sergio out-punched and out-thought one of the most fearsome fighters in the tournament, turning Ishe’s greatest strength into a crippling weakness.
“The sky’s the limit. This is just a huge step,” Sergio said, beaming with pride. “I’m destined to be something. I’m ready for this, I want it.”
Back at the Loft, the remaining contenders raised their glasses: “A toast…to a new house!”
Everyone was delighted to be free of Ishe Smith’s negative influence.”
It feels like we exorcized the demons,” Peter Manfredo Jr. said with a grin. When Sergio returned to the Loft, his fellow boxers gave hailed him like a returning hero. “I love that feeling of being a gladiator,” Sergio said later in an interview.
“I think I’m a born leader.”
Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard gathered the boxers together for the first reward ceremony of the second round. “Sergio, congratulations on your victory last night,” Sly said. “And more importantly, you’re the first in the final four.” To symbolize his new rank, Sergio was presented with a gold medallion bearing the number “IV”. “It feels like you’re on top of the world,” Sergio said in an interview.
“Its kinda like, ‘Hey you guys, catch up.’ I’m curious to see who it’s going to be.”
As usual, the winning boxer would be presented with a reward. When Sergio was given the chance to pick one of the other boxers to join him on his reward, he chose his good friend Alfonso. “I can’t wait to see you two at this reward. This is going to make my year,” Stallone grinned. “I think you guys are going to feel right at home,” Sugar Ray promised.