World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Amir “Hardcore” Mansour had a short night on Friday, April 12, at the Dover Downs Casino & Hotel in Dover, Delaware, as he stopped late substitute Jason Gavern in the first round to successfully defend his title.
Mansour was originally scheduled to fight 2004 Olympian Devin Vargas who pulled out with a training injury. Then he was matched with Raphael Zumbano, but the Brazilian had to withdraw too and Gavern gamely stepped up to the plate on late notice.
However, the 35-year-old Orlando resident, who holds a draw with Jonathan Banks and went the distance with Steve Cunningham only seven months ago, was no match for the hard punching Mansour and after only two minutes and forty-three seconds it was all over.
Mansour officially dropped Gavern four times before referee Vic De Wysocki waved it off, but one of the knockdowns was really a push. No matter the circumstances, it was a scintillating performance by the champion who again showed that he is one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world.
Making his first title defense, Mansour from nearby Wilmington improves his impressive professional record to 18-0 (14), while Gavern drops to 21-14-4 (10).
At 40 years of age Mansour obviously has no time to waste, and he recently called out all the big names in the heavyweight division. He claims he is being avoided, and when you consider his aggressive style and monstrous power you tend to believe him.