Mora Tops Han On ESPN FNF

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The Beau Rivage in Biloxi is building a name as the go to place for premiere fights East of the Mississippi. That sentiment was proven Friday Night when fans were treated to a televised professional fight card. In a night, which should have featured, IBF Middleweight Champion Jermaine Taylor instead showcased a battle between Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-3, 9KOs) and former martial artist Abie the "Sun City Warrior" Han (23-2, 14KOs). "The Latin Snake" received no point deduction for slippages in rounds 2 and 3, causing Han to advance his prowess and get a 'clear' 10th round knockdown. Although Mora entered the ring as the crowd favorite, the final decision clearly caused a visceral divide between fans and the judges' outcome. Mora wins the USBA Middleweight Championship by split decision. Scores were114-113 Mora, 115-112 Han, 115-112 Mora

***Newly crowned WBC American Heavyweight Deontay Wilder received a warm welcome from the Magnolia State. 8countnews.com co- founder Brad Cooney was ringside and managed to snag some photos and exclusive behind the scenes interviews.

Two southern boys squared off in a super welterweight bout in the second fight of the night. 19-year-old Southpaw sensation Erickson "The Hammer" Lubin (9-0, 6KOs) punished 23-year-old Michael Finney (12-2-1, 10KOs) for 8 rounds. After receiving the fight just a day earlier, Finney looked physically inept against his younger more vibrant counterpart. Up and coming prospect the "Hammer' remains undefeated, getting the unanimous decision win. 80-72, on all cards.

Friday Night Fights opening bout was the stunner that kicked off a great night of boxing. Light heavyweight 24-year-old sensation Ahmed Elbiale (10-0, 9KOs) increased his knockout ratio with a TKO win over West Virginian Dustin Echard (10-1, 7KOs). After putting on a sensational showcase of boxing dominance, the fight came to a heart-wrenching end in round 2, when Elbiale's right hook sent Echard sailing through the ropes, ultimately landing him to the out side the ring. A visibly disoriented Echard would be allowed to continue before referee Bill Clancy called the match, when Echard could no longer defend himself. Official time was 44 seconds into round 2.

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