The Premier Boxing Champions are at the Santander Arena in Pennsylvania this Friday night, September 9th with a boxing card topped by two world title fights set to air on Spike TV. The world vacant IBF world lightweight title is on the line between Ghana’s Richard Commey (24-0) and Toledo Ohio’s own Robert Easter Jr (17-0). The sports books have opened Easter Jr as a -475 favorite over Commey, who is returning back at +380. There is no over/under line set as of yet, but with both men packing a ton of knockout power, expect it to be set low if one is set. Commey has 22 KOs to his credit in his 24 wins, while Easter has won via the short route on 14 of 17 occasions. Easter Jr is part of Adrien Broner’s “About Billions” stable of fighters, and he has been a featured fighter on several of the Premier Boxing Champions broadcasts over the course of the last year. The belt was in the hands of Rances Barthelemy, another PBC talent, before the Cuban fighter vacated the belt and moved up in weight class. Suffice it to say that Easter Jr is the preferred winner in the eyes of the PBC, which is what makes Commey an interesting choice as an opponent. Ghana has a strong tradition of boxing, and after that, Commey has gone on to earn a reputation as a road warrior, as he has won fights on the road on several occasions and that includes wins in England, Gernay, Denmark and th eUnited States. The main event of the evening sees WBA Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs return to face the challenge of veteran Sergio Mora. The fight is a rematch of an August of 2015 encounter that saw Jacobs emerge as the winner after two rounds when Mora hurt his ankle. Jacobs enters this bout a big-time -2450 favorite, with the veteran Mora coming back at +1390. The bottom line is that Mora is now 36 years old and he has not fought since his last meeting with Jacobs. Meanwhile Jacobs followed up that fight with a December destruction of highly rated Peter Quillin that should have left him atop the middleweight division. Jacobs has to feel that the first half of 2016 left him behind as he failed to fight again and he saw his name slowly get eclipsed in the headlines. Jacobs will be looking to throw his name in the hat as a future opponent for Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs was also a guest in England earlier this year trying to line up a potential fight with Andy Lee, but Lee took a loss to Billy Joe Saunders and the chance to fight in England seemed to evaporate for Jacobs. A win this Friday for Jacobs could see that chance appear again. The rest of the twelve fight live card features several fights that could pop up at the sports books as we get closer to fight day. Veteran heavyweight Travis Kauffman (31-1) returns to face veteran Josh Gormley (22-5) and known quantities Jorge Sebastian Heiland (27-4-2) and Kermit Cintron (37-5-2) both are scheduled for eight round fights.
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