|Amir “Hard Core” Mansour Continues Destruction of Opponents
By Ken Hissner, David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (May 28, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
As he entered the Rollins Center at
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on hi walk to the ring there was a buzz
among the packed house anticipating fireworks from their latest
favorite. Unbeaten Wilmington, DE, heavyweight Amir “Hard Core”
Mansour, 14-0 (11) know the fans expect nothing short of a quick
knockout. Friday night his latest opponent came all the way from
Narobi, Kenya, in Raymond “King Kong” Ochieng, 23-14-3 (18), to
do battle for the vacant WBF Intercontinental and vacant IBF North
American heavyweight titles over 10 rounds on Friday night!
With Mansour are his Team including
manager Keith Stoffer, Philly trainers Moses Robinson, Danny Davis
and Tommy Barnes. Mansour looks like a Marvin Hagler heavyweight and
is a southpaw. He was at a career high 235, almost 20 pounds more
than 6 weeks ago in Atlantic City where he electrified the fans with
a spectacular knockout of Hector Ferreyro in 2:08 of the first round.
Friday night Mansour finished Ochieng
in 1:45 of the first round after scoring 3 knockdowns and being waved
off by referee Gary Rosato. “When I hurt him I got over anxious.
I am looking for some rounds,” said Mansour. MCN Sports did the
When the right hook from Mansour landed
the look on the face of Ochieng was bewilderment! The crowd went
wild with each knockdown. He’s become the fan favorite at Dover
Downs who served as the promoter with Nick Tiberi doing the
matchmaking and ring announcing by Larry Tornambe.
match was another interesting heavyweight match for the WBC Caribbean
Boxing Federation and IBF Intercontinental titles. Would the winner
be next for Mansour? Both fighters came in with high credentials.
Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, 20-8-4 (9), of Kissimmee, FL, and
Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence, 16-2-2 (11), of Indianapolis, IN,
started the fireworks in the very first round wh a right hand from
Lawrence landed flush on the temple of Gavern and down he went.
It wasn’t until the third round that
Gavern got back into the fight. Lawrence was quicker and hit harder
which is a tough combination to overcome. Gavern tried using some
antics like yelling when he received a solid punch and talking to the
camera and crowd. He continued to work on the body of Lawrence and
seemed to be wearing down his opponent through the fifth round.
Referee Benji Esteves, Jr., twice
warned Lawrence about chopping punches to the back of the head as
Gavern would lean inside. In return Gavern would hit Lawrence low
which brought a warning to him. After a close sixth round suddenly
Gavern took a knee in the seventh round. Earlier in the round he
complained of a injury to his left eye. By the end of the round you
could sense Gavern had enough and his corner informed the referee it
In an 8 round super middleweight match
local favorite “Might” Mike Tiberi, 17-1 (8), of nearby Smyrna,
continued his winning ways winning a lopsided decision over Timothy
“The Boss” Hall, 6-11 (4), of Athens, GA, who was much better
than his record showed.
It was a close first round and Tiberi
took over through the sixth beating down Hall with body shots. In
the seventh Hall seemed to get a second win and made it interesting
but not enough to take the round.
Coming out for the eighth and final
round Tiberi “whooped” it up to get the fans yelling as the round
was one of the best in the fight. The two were still punching at the
bell. Dave Braslow, Joe Pasquale and Ken Chevailer all had it 70-71
for Tiberi. The local kid never looked better. There’s nothing
flashy, just a real blue-collar technician.
All four round bouts were underneath as
Anthony “Caputo” Smith kept his unbeated record, 10-0 (8), of
Kennett Square, PA, with a devastating over hand right that dropped
Dannon “The Cannon” Svab, 6-6 (4), of Akron, OH.
“I felt it when I hit him,” said
Smith. Somehow Svab got to his feet on unsteady legs as referee
Esteves had seen enough. Some fans felt it may have been a quick
stoppage but Svab would have been a sitting duck for Smith who
impressed all in this light heavyweight fight.
Lightweight “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey,
6-0 (1), of Brooklyn, had too many skills, for Liz Sherman, 3-1 (1),
of Philadelphia who showed a lot of heart to hang in there. In the
third round Sherman was able to land some punches of her own but by
the end Jeffrey of the fourth and final round it seemed she was glad
to hear the bell. All scores were 40-36 for Jeffrey by judges
Chevailer, Braslow and Pierre Benoist.
Local amateur star Omar “O”
Douglas, 1-0, of Wilmington made his debut a good one as Eric Hall,
0-3, of Philadelphia seemed more interested in holding than fighting.
When he did fight he had a nice jab, right hand, but would
immediately tie-up Douglas whenever he retaliated. Former boxer ad
now trainer Doug Pettiford was in the corner of Douglas.
In the second and third rounds referee
Esteves took a point from Hall. After the second point Hall got hit
and seemed to try to tackle Douglas causing his disqualification at
2:02 of the third round.
In the show opener Dan “Bada-Bing”
Biddle, 7-1 (5), of Hockessin, DE, was in a fight with Maurice Amaro,
1-4, of Philadelphia, as both fighters landed telling blows at the
same time on seveal occasions. By the second round Biddle was
landing and chasing Amaro who wanted no part of Biddle’s power.
Referee Rosato called a halt at 1:21 of the third round in favor of
Biddle. Amaro complained but he showed little willingness to mix it
up after the first round.
The fans in DE love their boxing and
Dover Downs certainly provides them with good matches. Per Lisa
Butler of Dover Downs their next show will be on her birthday August
19th. It will be their third show of the year and the
fans look forward to the return of Amir “Hard Core” Mansour with
another fine undercard.
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