Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16KOs) is still on the road to redemption and, at the age of 43, the New Jersey-born fighter still has the burning desire to become a world champion in the now very alive heavyweight division. Mansour will get another opportunity against an Al Haymon managed prospect, this time with 2012 Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (16-0, 14KOs) who is from the California region of Glendale. Mansour vs Breazeale will be a co-feature for the inaugural PBC on Fox at the Staples Center on January 23
Mansour will get another opportunity against an Al Haymon managed prospect, this time with 2012 Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (16-0, 14KOs) who is from the California region of Glendale. Mansour-Breazeale will be the TV opener for the inaugural PBC on Fox card at the Staples Center tonight, headlined by welterweights Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero fighting for the vacant WBC world title.
Mansour is coming off a disappointing split decision draw in October against Gerald Washington, a former football player who kept his distance for much of the bout against Mansour, thus making it difficult for Amir to close the distance for much of the night. However, Mansour is looking forward to his next assignment against Breazeale and feels he won’t have to do much chasing this fight as Mansour admires the fighting style of Breazeale.
However, Mansour is looking forward to his next assignment against Breazeale and feels he won’t have to do much chasing in this fight, admitting his admiration for the fighting style of Breazeale.
“I’m a fan of Breazeale, he comes to fight and like the fact that the kid rumbles and anybody that come to rumble I like them,” Amir Mansour told Thaboxingvoice’s own Nestor Gibbs.
Mansour career spans back to 1997 when he made his professional debut. But after just 9 fights into his career, Mansour would be sent to prison in 2001 for a controlled substance charge resulting in a 8 ½ year prison stint. Mansour would resume his boxing career in 2010 and he’s had 15 fights since with notable wins over Dominick Guinn and Fred Kassi during that time span. His lone loss was to former cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in their terrific fight back in April of 2014.
Mansour will be put back into the position that he knows all too well as the underdog against Dominic Breazeale, who will not only bring in the advantages of youth, size, height, and reach, but also a home field advantage as Brezeale grew up in the state of California. Mansour knows the odds are stacked against him, coming in as the opponent to one of Haymon’s notable prospects in his deep stable.
“I’m going to have to do more than just win,” said Mansour. “The deck is stacked against you sometimes when it comes to the judging and the scoring and fighting in somebody’s backyard.
“I know I’m going to have to really exceed the expectations of the judges in order to get the victory. I’m just coming to rumble man and do my thing.”
Considering both fighters style, there should be a lot action in this intriguing heavyweight matchup. As for Mansour, he’s currently a free agent, which is interesting given that this will be the third PBC card that he’s appeared in.
However, despite not being signed with the mysterious adviser, Mansour certainly has a lot of praise for Al Haymon and how the fighters are treated within the PBC.
“I would love to get with Haymon. I think what he doing for boxing is awesome, period,” said Mansour. “The one thing I really respect about PBC is that they really do take care of their fighters and at the end of the day I would love to be a part of Haymon’s crew.”