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Jacobus Lose, But Still Champion

 
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January 2, 2012 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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The fight between Universal Boxing Organization™ World Super Middleweight Champion Kali Jacobus and Argentinean challenger Francisco Antonio Mora on December 31 in Espiritu Santo, Luganville, Vanuatu turned out to be a nightmare for everyone involved, and eventually ended up being a non-title bout when Mora decisively failed to make the required weight.

 

Jacobus weighed in at 74,3 kilos / 164 Lbs., well inside the 168 Lbs. Super Middleweight limit, but shockingly Mora failed to get lower than 81,3 kilos / 179 Lbs. Normally a UBO title fight can go ahead with the overweight boxer not being able to win the championship, but it is clearly stipulated in the organizations rules and regulations that:

…under no circumstances will the UBO participate in or sanction a bout for its title when one fighter is overweight; when there is a difference of more than 10 pounds between the two participants when the lighter of the two weighs more than 160 pounds and not more than 175 pounds.

Jacobus gamely agreed to go ahead with the fight anyway, despite giving away fifteen Lbs. and literally fighting a Cruiserweight, knowing that the promoters would lose massive amounts of money if he didn’t, and that his fans would be terribly disappointed if the fight was cancelled.

Unfortunately Jacobus was not rewarded for his amazing professionalism. The extra weight gave a motivated Mora too much advantage, and his significant power was a problem for Jocobus from early on. After suffering knockdowns in rounds two, five and six, Jacobus was eventually stopped in round seven after showing a true champion’s heart.

UBO rules state that when a champion loses a non-title bout, the UBO reserves the right to declare the title vacant. Under the circumstances, the UBO choose to consider the fact that Jacobus lost to a boxer two weight classes heavier, and that he showed tremendous spirit and unselfishness in doing so.

Therefore, the title is not declared vacant and Kali Jacobus is still the UBO World Super Middleweight Champion!

 
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