Two stars from season one of The Contender were in action last night ... but only one came away with a win.
Fan favorite Alfonso Gomez (18-3-2) outworked Ben Tackie (29-8-1) over ten rounds to earn a unanimous decision: 97-93 and 98-92 twice. Gomez, who continues to climb the welterweight ranks, may face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in early 2008 in what would be an intriguing match-up.
Things did not go equally well for previously undefeated middleweight Sergio Mora and he's got no one but himself to blame. Mora (19-0-1) did some good body work late in the fight but was generally outhustled by Elvin Ayala (18-2-1) and the entertaining ten rounder was ruled a draw: 96-94 Ayala, 95-95 and a clueless 99-91 for Mora. Mora quickly left the ring after the decision was announced as if he had been robbed.
It was Mora's first bout in over a year but ring rust wasn't the problem. The reality is that Mora has grown accustomed to being awarded close decisions and this time it didn't go his way.