RALEIGH, N.C. — Unbeaten heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will resume his quest for a shot at the world heavyweight championship in the Friday Night Fights on August 23 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del.
Mansour, now 18-0 with 14 knockouts, will battle Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris in a scheduled 12-round bout for the IBF’s vacant U.S. Boxing Association heavyweight title as well as the WBA’s NABA belt. Mansour will also be defending his WBF Intercontinental title. Both boxers are in the USBA’s top ten, and Mansour has used two first-round victories in 2013 to up his position in other major ratings services. Harris brings a 26-17-2 record into the match, with 11 knockouts.
Fighting out of Wilmington, Del., Mansour is a crowd favorite in Dover where he will fight for the ninth time. In nine bouts in the last three years, only Epifanio Mendoza and Dominick Guinn survived three rounds with Mansour, who scored a sixth-round TKO over Mendoza and won a unanimous decision over one-time contender Guinn.
Mansour, who relentlessly stalks opponents, is known regionally for his crashing combinations and tenacious focus.
The southpaw has expressed frustration in recent months, feeling he has been dodged by top-ten opponents, but believes a convincing victory in Dover will elevate him into bouts with highly-rated contenders. “We’ve offered to fight anyone, and they simply don’t seem to want to fight someone that is obviously as dangerous as I am,” said Mansour. “But I hope when the fans around the country see me fight they will really want to see what I can do against the best in the world.”
The co-feature at Dover Downs is a scheduled ten-rounder for the NABA Junior Welterweight title between New York’s Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (27-4, 18 KOs) and Michael Clark of Columbus, Ohio.
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AMIR MANSOUR RATINGS
USBA (IBF affiliated) — 10 (United States)
NABA (WBA affiliated) — 11(North America)
NABO (WBO affiliated) —14 (North America)
NABF (WBC affiliated) — 16 (North America)
IBO (computer) — 38 (World)
WBC — 39 (World)
WBF(computer) — 41(World)