Heavyweight Amir 'Hardcore' Mansour
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Amir Mansour has fought 23 fights and has won 22 of them, 16 by knock-out. His professional debut came back in 1997. But he only fought 9 fights, before he was sent to prison back in 2001, serving 8 1/2 years on a controlled substance charge. He entered a halfway house in March 2010 and resumed his boxing career in August 2010. On August 19, 2011 he defeated former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn by unanimous decision to win the NABO heavyweight title. Mansour defended his title with a 6th round TKO on December 2, 2011 against the Colombian boxer Epifanio Mendoza at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, DE.
On December 23, 2011, Mansour was sentenced to 14 months in prison for violating his probation.
Mansour came home from prison on July 12, 2012. Amir Mansour started his road to redemption dedicating his life to family and helping children outside of the ring. While in the ring Amir Mansour started his path to a becoming a world champion,resumed his boxing career on January 25, 2013 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, where he faced Dominique Alexander. Mansour KO'd Alexander in only 24 seconds and improved his record to 17-0(13). His last fight took place on April 12, 2013 in Dover, Delaware, USA. His opponent was Jason Gavern. Amir Mansour won by a first round KO. Knocking down Jason Gavern four times. On August 23 - 2013, Amir Mansour fought for three minor heavyweight titles. He defended his WBF Intercontinental and also won the vacant USBA & interim NABA Heavyweight titles. His opponent was journeyman veteran Maurice Harris. Masour weighed in at 226. The fight marked his first scheduled 12 round fight. Mansour won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision. The scores where 120-108, 120-108 and 116-112, all for Mansour. On December 14, 2013. Mansour recorded a TKO against Kelvin Price in New Jersey. Rather than scoring the early knockout, a feat that he has grown used to, Mansour treated Price like a stubborn stump that required several hundred whacks before eventually going down.
Mansour's first fight of 2014 would be a huge step up in class, defending his USBA title against veteran Steve Cunningham. Mansour cut Cunningham above the left eye with a short right hook in the 2nd round. In the 5th round, Mansour knocked down Cunningham with a double right hook, then knocked him down a second time with a series of shots. Cunningham benefited from some very ponderous officiating by referee Smoger who counted very slowly then spent several seconds checking Cunningham after both counts, with the bell sounding to end the round after the second count. Mansour would swing wildly for the rest of the fight and Cunningham eventually made Mansour touch down with his gloves after a series of clean blows in the 10th and final round. The scores were 97-90 and 95-92 twice, all for Cunningham.
After losing the fight, Mansour immediately spoke to the press and instead of complaining about the judgement, he talked about his opponent's (Cunningham) young daughter who needed a heart transplant. As a result of the publicity, more than $20,000 was donated to a special fund for Cunningham's daughter.
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