DOVER, Del. — For only the
second time in his career, unbeaten World Boxing Federation
Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Amir “Hardcore” Mansour was taken
the distance when he retained his title on Friday, Aug. 23, at Dover
Downs Hotel & Casino
in Dover, Del.
two first-round knockouts earlier this year, Mansour battled through
severe kidney inflammation, dehydration and tough, savvy and experienced
challenger Maurice Harris to
win a 12-round unanimous decision to defend the WBF Intercontinental
belt and capture the vacant USBA heavyweight title in the process.
boxers unloaded flurries of punches, but it was Mansour who proved to
be more than just a knockout specialist. Mansour took the fight to
Harris and pounded the taller, heavier
Harris with unrelenting body punches.
Mansour, at 6’1” and 226 pounds, gave away substantial weight to the 6’4”, 249-pound Harris.
Joseph Pasquale, Brian Costello and Mark D'Attilo voted unanimously in
favor of Mansour with scores of 116-112, 119-109 and 120-108,
Mansour improved his professional record to 19-0 (14 KO), while Harris fell to 26-18-2 (11 KO).
expected WBF elimination bout against an opponent to be named is set
for Nov. 22 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The winner of that bout
becomes the mandatory challenger for
WBF title holder Carlos Takam, in a fight expected in early 2014.
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About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and
entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming
operations consist of approximately 2,500 slots and a full complement of
table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is
Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites
and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and
41,500 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness
racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast
year-round. Professional football parlay betting
is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include
multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and
retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com.