Mansour Outworks Dawejko: Calls out Wilder, Klitschko

Mansour Outworks Dawejko: Calls out Wilder, Klitschko

Amir Mansour continues his road to redemption with a hard-fought victory on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”

By Justin Jones – Photos © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones

Philadelphia, PA —In an entertaining heavyweight tilt, which headlined ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) demonstrated true grit and determination last night in outworking Joey Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision victory. Official scorecards were 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 all in favor of Mansour.

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Who next for Amir Mansour?

Who next for Amir Mansour?

Amir Mansour had a great year in 2014. He came into the year undefeated at 19-0-0 with 15 knockouts and was coming off of a stoppage over the once beaten Kelvin Price. He went into a bout with Steve Cunningham which would decide which American heavyweight would move up in the ranks and back into contention. The fight turned out to be one of the best of the year with a lot of punches thrown and knock downs on both sides.

In the fifth round of the fight between Mansour and Cunningham, Amir dropped Cunningham quite heavily two times. It looked as though Mansour was closing in on yet another stoppage win, but Steve managed to find a way back into the fight and even dropped Mansour in the tenth round before coming away with a close but fair decision.

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Cunningham vs. Mansour: Will the U.S.S. Cunningham prove to be too hardcore for Amir?

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There’s a time when even the most protected fighters get the first true test of their careers. There is no comparing Steve Cunningham’s resume, which is deep and full of recognizable names, to Amir Mansour resume. Will Cunningham’s experience and reach advantage be too “hardcore” for Mansour to overcome? We will find out this Friday night from Philly on the NBC Sports Network.

Amir Mansour’s first fight was in 1997, and at age 41 his career is really just getting started after taking over 9 years off from 2001 to 2010. Mansour comes into this matchup sporting an unblemished record of 20 wins with no losses and 15 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

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Video: Cunningham – Mansour Press Conference

Video: Cunningham - Mansour Press Conference

Philadelphia, PA: This afternoon at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA members of the media gathered for the kick-off press conference for the Friday, April 4th fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA between Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) of Wilmington, DE. The fight will be for the USBA Heavyweight Title and will be broadcast live on NBCSN Fight Night at 10:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM PT.

Photo Courtesy of Darryl Cobb Jr.

Hall of Fame Matchmaker, J Russell Peltz has a long history of putting on great fights in Philadelphia. He said, “In this fight we have the bull and the matador. Here Mansour comes forward like a bull and Steve Cunningham is the matador. Both guys are from the neighborhood. Fights like this are what make Philly the great fight town it has been. Both fighters took a long road to get here. I am really pumped for this fight.”

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Amir Mansour Stops Kelvin Price

861Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events – Heavyweight Amir Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, floored Kelvin Price, 14-2, 6 KOs, in rounds five and seven en route to a sixth round TKO victory in the main event at Resorts International Hotel Casino. The fight was televised on Fight Night by NBC Sports Network, and was Mansour’s national TV debut. Mansour, Wilmington, DE, was the harder puncher and eventually wore down his six-foot, seven-inch opponent from Pensacola. “It came down to who wanted it more,” Mansour said after the fight. “And there is no one with more desire than me. He was tough and we both wanted the same thing, but I’m going to keep coming until I get him out of there. That’s what I did.”

After Mansour dropped Price in the seventh and battered him until the bell ended the round, referee Earl Brown stopped the fight before the next round began. The result was a TKO at 3:00 of round seven.

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Weights: Amir Mansour – 229 Kelvin Price – 240

838Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events – Trent Laidler, Palm Beach, FL Pro Debut VS. Vincent Floyd, Philadelphia, Pro Debut – 4 Rounds Middleweight
Trent Laidler – Weight: 158.5
Vincent Floyd – Weight: 160

David Rodriguez, El Paso, TX,36-0, 34 KOs VS. Darnell Wilson, Miami, FL 24-17-3, 20 KOs – 6 Rounds Heavyweight
David Rodriguez – Weight: 254.5
Darnell Wilson – Weight: 239

Steve Cunningham, Philadelphia,25-6, 12 KOs VS. Manuel Quezada, Bakersfield, Ca, 29-7, 18 KOs – 8 Rounds Heavyweight
Steve Cunningham – Weight: 208
Manuel Quezada – Weight:230

Andrew Peurifoy, Sicklerville, NJ, Pro Debut VS. Aaron Leonard, Philadelphia, PA, -0-1-1 – 4 Rounds Heavyweight
Andrew Peurifoy – Weight:201.5
Aaron Leonard – Weight: 211

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Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Interview – “I’m Definitely The Most Avoided Heavyweight Out There!”

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Interview - “I’m Definitely The Most Avoided Heavyweight Out There!”

Unbeaten southpaw heavyweight Amir Mansour believes he is the best kept secret in the heavyweight division today. This may come across as an overused cliché, but “Hardcore,” as the 18-0(14) heavyweight is known, has certainly been avoided by the top names of the division, and this is the reason, he says passionately, that the casual fans are largely unaware of him and his explosive talents.

The 41-year-old, who has served some serious time in prison, has also suffered criticism due to his age. Yet the eloquently spoken Delaware man defies any younger fighter to come and test his speed, stamina and power. Amir has also put his jail time well and truly behind him.

Speaking with me last week, ahead of tonight’s fight against the seasoned Maurice Harris, Mansour insisted that as long as he keeps winning the top names will have to “come and see me eventually.”

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