Amir “Hard Core” Mansour Continues Destruction of Opponents
By Ken Hissner, David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (May 28, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Amir Monsour
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 broadcasting.

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.

Following this 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 was over.

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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