Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Returns with 1st Round KO and Calls Out Tomasz Adamek!
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Returns with 1st Round KO and Calls Out Tomasz Adamek!
By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 26, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour
Southpaw Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 17-0 (13), of Wilmington, DE, returns with 1st round knockout in 0:24 over Dominique “Diamond” Alexander, 23-16-1 (11), of Topeka, KS, with 3 ripping right hooks to the body driving Alexander under the ropes!  Referee Vic deWysocki reached the 10 count as Alexander was struggling to get to his feet at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, DE, Friday night! 

Mansour was inactive in 2012 and returned after 13 months to post his eighth straight win since coming back in 2010 after a 9 year period of inactivity.  At 40 Mansour wasn’t quite as ripped but his punching power was still there and for 14 seconds he tore into the body of Alexander before he watched his foe try valiantly to get to his feet before the fight had ended!  Mansour had the packed house at the Rollins Center buzzing from the time he appeared from the dressing room. 

Mansour called out the IBF’s No. 2 heavyweight contender Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, now out of Jersey, City, NJ, a former light heavy and cruiserweight champion!  Adamek defeated Philadelphia’s Steve “USS” Cunningham last month to earn the No. 2 ranking and a possible meeting with No. 1 Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria which has yet to be signed.  The winner would fight champion Vladimir Klitschko was has been ordered to fight WBA champion Alexander Povetkin while Klitschko also holds the WBA Super title.   Mansour’s manager Keith Stoffer known for his dress attire was in a gold suit that look like it just arrived from the Middle East.  It will be up to him to convince Main Events, promoter of Adamek, that if your not fighting Pulev, Mansour is ready to step in!

In the co-feature Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence, 19-2-2 (14), of Indianapolis, IN, the No. 15 WBC heavyweight contender, had an unwilling opponent in Mark “Oak Tree” Brown, 15-5 (7), of Salem, NJ, who as a former wrestler used every tactic in the book for 2 rounds to hold Lawrence so not to get hit before refusing to come out for the third round.  Referee Bill Clancy gave several warnings to Brown who took the fight on 2 weeks notice after 2½  years of inactivity. 

In the second round Brown’s fans were yelling “Oak Tree, Oak Tree” to no avail.  Lawrence only had 1 fight in 2012 due to opponents not willing to step in with him per his promoter Dave Escalet.  “I just want to thank “Oak Tree” for stepping in tonight when no one else would take a fight with me,” said Lawrence.  The 37 year old Lawrence added he wanted the Klitschko’s.

In the most entertaining fight of the night southpaw’s met in an 6 round light heavyweight bout when Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone, 12-2-1 (2), of Norfolk, VA, took every round on the judge’s cards from stubborn Richard “Bobo” Starnino, 9-11-2 (2), of Providence, RI.  Several rounds were close such as the first.  Filippone bloodied the nose of Starnino in the second round and suffered a small abrasion under his right eye in the third round.  In the fifth Starnino starting yelling in anger after taking combinatons from Filippone to the delight of the fans who certainly enjoyed this one.  “I hurt my left hand from landing so many shots on his head.  He was tough for a 40 year old,” said Filippone.  His promoter at ringside Dee Lee seemed pleased with her fighters performance.  Judge’s were Bill Osterman, Brian Costello and Mark D’Affilio while Clancy was the referee.

Local fan favorite lightweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, 7-0 (5), of Wilmington, DE,  kept his unbeaten record intact while man handling David Warren “K.O.” Huffman, 4-13-1 (1), of Cincinnati, OH, stopping Huffman who refused to come out after 2 rounds.  Huffman was 4-3-1 in his last 8 fights but was overwhelmed by Douglas.  Huffman had a cut on his right cheek bone in the first and had his mouthpiece knocked out at the bell ending the first round by a Douglas left hook. 

In the second round Douglas landed 4 left hooks to the body hurting Huffman.  It was scheduled for 6. “We had a great camp and I’m very confident.  I have a good team (trainer Dougie Pettiford) behind me,” said Douglas.  Clancy was the referee in this one.  Douglas is a fighter to watch.  All his fights have been at Dover Downs with his last bout cancelled in CA, keeping him idle for 5 months.
Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, 27-4 (18), of New York, NY, returned to Dover Downs for the third straight fight stopping Eddie “The Puerto Rican Sensation” Soto, 12-6 (4), of Pawtucket, RI, at 1:36 of the second round.  Santana last fought 11 months ago and injured both of his hands though going the distance in a losing cause.  A left hook to the body forced Soto to take a knee in the first round.  In the second round a double left hook to the rib’s dropped Soto again with referee deWysocki wisely calling a halt.  “I felt rusty being off a year,” said Santana.  His manage Brian Cohen seemed pleased.

Southpaw Cornelius “Lightning” Lock, 20-6-1 (13), of Detroit, MI, had an easy time with veteran Damon “Too Sweet” Antoine, 11-45-2 (5), of Akron, OH, stopping him at 0:38 of the second round.  It looked like Antoine in avoiding a punch was off balance as Lock may have hit him in the back of the head driving him into the ropes.  Referee deWysocki gave him an 8 count.  A straight left hand from Lock dropped Antoine for a second time in the round.

In the second round Lock landed a left to the mid-section followed by a left to the chin dropping Antoine for a third time in the fight as referee deWysocki had seen enough.  Though Antoine complained about the stoppage, he was no match for Lock whose last fight was 2 ½ years ago in a IBF featherweight title eliminator with newly crowned champion Mikey Garcia.  “I gave up 7 pounds in this one but its good to be back,” said Lock.  He is also managed by Cohen.  This was to be a 6 round super lightweight match but Antoine came in as a junior welter.

In the opening bout John “Church Boy” Bowman, 5-0-1 (0), of Dover, DE, used a steady attack in gaining a 39-37 decision from all judge’s to stay unbeaten over James Denson, 5-12 (2), of Akron, OH, over 4 rounds in the super middleweight division.  Bowman seemed to slow down in the final round giving it to Denson but it wasn’t enough for the visitor.  “He was tougher than I thought.  He came in 4 pounds over,” said Bowman. 

Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor greeted fellow writer Dave Ruff and myself as usual.  He knows how to run a casino and hotel.  Publicist Lisa Butler did her usual great job for the writers.  The VA commission has returned to run DE and all went smooth per all involved making it a much more enjoyable atmosphere for all.  Former IBC Super middleweight champion Dave Tiberi was at ringside talking to old time veteran Joe Barbizzi and his lovely wife about and their February 8th card at the Chase Center in Wilmington.  It looks like DE is going to be more active this year than in the past few giving the VA commission and matchmaker Nick Tiberi a helping hand.

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