Amir Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) had his fate in the judges hand, a man who is approaching thirty which is the kiss of death in combat sports. Mansour has been caught trafficking cocaine, even worse is the possible prison sentence of up to 20 years. In an interview conducted with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Mansour explained that he knew it was only a matter of time before he is sentenced as he explained his complex scheme of sending drugs through the mail and how he was an unknowing accomplice signing for packages. The minute he signed for the package Mansour drove to the person’s house, took the package out of his car, and waited for the feds to arrive.
Mansour thinks there is a downside to amateur fights including damage from the hundred plus fights that can wear on a fighter. Mansour will test this theory as he will face former two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs), a man who with a well storied career is possibly one of the best cruiserweight fighters ever. He arguably beat Tomasz Adamek in December 2012, though a split decision from the judges said otherwise. Cunningham is no spring chicken. He will come into this fight at the age of 37, meaning that this fight will either mark h last run at a title shot. The fight will as be contested for Mansour’s USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.
“I’m looking forward to this fight more than any other fight in the past,” said Mansour, who recently signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand. “I’m gonna train for Steve as if my life depends on the win. I greatly respect Steve, but on April 4th I’m gonna speak to the boxing world, using my hands. I will not be denied.”
It is the mixture of jubilation to fight someone who will truly test him along with the moment of reckoning. For Mansour this fight is his shot to put himself on the map. Mansour, who is coming off his biggest win against Kelvin Price, who was knocked out on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina in Los Angeles, CA in December 2012, and was brutalized a year later by Mansour who battered and beat him until Price had to say “No Mas!” for his own safety.
Mansour is a reflection of the harshness that has been his life. Mansour bangs and bangs and then bangs some more. Mansour has more technical skill than most, but Mansour is more or less, a “what you see is what you get” fighter and what you see is a violent outburst of pressure that continues to move forward until you quit. Mansour, a man who has faced adversity his whole life seems to bring his personal pain on his foe in a battle of wills and he believes every time that he will not lose, ever.
The big riddle is, will the muscle bound, body builder 6’1” Amir Mansour be able to handle the boxing ability and speed of Steve Cunningham, who will be using veteran tactics?
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