An Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Win Earns A Spot in the IBF Rankings at Dover Friday!
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An Amir “Hardcore” Mansour Win Earns A Spot in the IBF Rankings at Dover, Friday!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 21, 2013)

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour
Amir “Hardcore” Mansour
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“Where Have All the US Heavyweights Gone?” Is Amir “Hardcore” Mansour , 18-0 (14), the exception to the rule? Mansour and Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris, 26-17-2 (11), of NY battle for the vacant USBA heavyweight title this Friday at the Dover Downs Casino in Dover, DE.

The heavyweight’s days of Ali, Frazier, Norton, Foreman and Shavers are gone! The Klitschko’s draw big live in Europe but HBO and Showtime hasn’t shown them in years. We have to be content that most of the great trainers are gone and they may not have passed along what they knew. Recently we lost Manny Steward, before him Eddie Futch and George Benton. Futch seemed to pass along enough for Roach to be considered one of the best today if not the best.

Why are we having 40+ year old boxers still holding titles and coming back into the game again and again like Oliver McCall, Jamal McCline and Shannon Briggs? Did Foreman cause this? Is another now resident of DE, Hopkins causing it? This 41 year old heavyweight in Wilmington, DE, who fights mainly in Dover Downs, Dover, DE, named Mansour reminds one of a heavyweight “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler!

Matchmaker Nick Tiberi claims he gets rejection after rejection for someone to fight Mansour and the money is not for peanuts from the people at the Dover Downs Casino who do the promoting! Jason Estrada the No. 15 USBA contender is the latest! When the name of Harris came up being the No. 9 USBA contender, one ahead of Mansour, Tiberi told Keith Stoffer, Mansour’s manager Harris had retired. Stoffer contacted matchmaker Renee Aiken who located Harris for the match with Mansour.

When Jonathan Banks was injured for his rematch with No. 5 WBC contender Seth Mitchell there was no way Mitchell’s people were taking Mansour. Stoffer and Tiberi have tried to match him with former 175 and cruiser champ Tomasz Adamek who fights in the heavyweight division and had a shot at Wladimir Klitschko. Will J Russell Peltz put him in with No. 3 IBF contender Bryant “By By” Jennings? Marshall Kauffman recently brought his son Travis the No. 12 WBA contender and No. 7 USBA contender into Philly to spar with Mansour. Will he agree to a shot at Mansour if the latter wins the USBA title? The latest rejection when they reached all the way to France was from Carlos Takam’s the No. 13 WBO contender.

Seems Jennings the former USBA champ vacated so he could go into all the 4 organizations ratings instead of just the IBF. Mansour is “too dangerous” a risk for a young prospect like Jennings. There is nothing to gain. Malik Scott is the No. 1 USBA contender who just lost to Dereck Chisora in the UK which will surely drop him from the top USBA spot. No. 2 Deontay Wilder just stopped former WBO champ Siarhei Liakhovich; No. 4 Fres Oquendo last fought in June and No. 5 Joe Hanks was just stopped by No. 6 Andy Ruiz. No. 8 Tony Grano pulled out due to injury against Tomasz Adamek who should be rated but isn’t. Both Adamek and the No. 3 USBA contender Vyacheslav Glazko won on the same card on August 3rd. No. 7 Travis Kauffman’s next fight will also be this Friday but not in Dover but in PA at the Valley Forge Casino. That left No. 9 Harris who at 37 is younger than Mansour. He’s most remembered for his losing disputed decision to Larry Holmes and putting the first loss on Liakovich’s record.

Mansour’s trainer Moses Mosely recently came out of retirement to work the corner again for Mansour. He’s trained Mansour as far back as July of 1997 at some place called Cedar Beach Park, in Allentown, PA. Then he scored a pair of wins at the legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. He was 9-0 with 6 knockouts when his career was stopped in 2001. It would be 2010 before he began another 9 fight win streak with 8 more knockouts.

Mansour was on a 8 knockout streak until veteran Dominick Guinn, 33-7-1, who has never been stopped including to Adamek recently would go the distance with Mansour who won every round on two of the scorecards and all but one on the other. That was for the vacant IBF North American and interim WBO NABO titles. Then Epifanio Mendoza, 32-12-1, would be stopped for the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental title.

Don’t let the record of Harris fool you. In 1997 He knocked out Jimmy Thunder, 32-7. Next he lost a disputed split decision to former world champ Holmes. Back in 2002 He stopped previously unbeaten Liakhovich, 16-0, who was a future WBO world champion. In 2010 he won the vacant USBA title over Nagy Aguilar. He defended it the following year in 2011 stopping Derric Rossy in the 12th and final round. In 2012 he vacated the title when he only fought twice. Both fights were overseas in the UK and Germany. He came back to the US in 2013 defeating southpaw Jason Bergman 20-9-2 who was on an 11 fight winning streak.

Edgar Santana will be the co-feature. The NY light welter fights for the fourth straight time at Dover against veteran Michael Clark who is 1 year a junior to Mansour. They fight for vacant NABA title Omar “Big O” Douglas, Joey Tiberi, John “Church Boy” Bowman,vDusty Hernandez Harrison and Lamont Singletary round out the undercard.

Mansour needs a win to break into the IBF’s top ten and winning the USBA title will do just that. The other contenders will be faced with fighting him or stepping aside and losing their rankings. Mansour has beaten every opponent put before him and knows this time Saturday he will enter the top 15 of the IBF rankings and be eligible for a world IBF title fight!


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