BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing)
Philadelphia heavyweight Joey Dawejko might finally be getting the wish he asked for in the form of 10-round fight against reigning WBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champ and Top 10 U.S. heavyweight contender Amir “Hardcore” Mansour.
Dawejko (13-3-2, 6ko’s) has gone on record saying he would like to fight Mansour and Wednesday, the 42-year-old hard-hitting Mansour obliged.
Journeymen Boxing has learned from Mansour himself that the fight would happen.
“If he gets past March 6th, I will give him (Dawejko) a shot, May 8th on ESPN, a 10-rounder, hopefully, though, however, one of these top 10 guys that are right up there in the rankings like myself, will stop trying to pad their records and go ahead and fight another top 10 guy and give the people what they want to see,” Mansour said exclusively to Journeymen Boxing’s Double Jab Radio.
The fight is not yet signed, but Mansour is slated to fight again in South Philly on May 8th.
Dawejko is scheduled to fight 35-year-old Enobong Umohette March 6th at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, PA. The same venue that his fight against Mansour would tentatively take place, which according to Mansour, would be the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
One might wander why Mansour (21-2, 16ko’s) would agree to give the 24-year-old Dawejko the fight but he quickly pointed out the reason had really nothing to do with the skill of his opponent.
“Honestly, he was the only guy who really said I want to fight Amir Mansour, he is the only heavyweight in the entire world that said I want to fight Amir Mansour. The rest of these guys when they are approached to fight Amir Mansour they turn it down. They turn it down, man. It is crazy because these guys keep thinking they have to pad their record or I have to get an easy opponent and think they can keep fighting easy opponents and make it to the championship fight.
As for Mansour’s thoughts on the newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“We are looking at Wilder was able to do, you know his last fight before he fought for the world title was against a guy I knocked out in one round. He finished him off in five or six, seven rounds. So we are looking at guys like him (Wilder) he was able to pad his record all the way up to the world title and win the world title and a lot of other guys are trying to follow suite and this is really becoming the norm in the heavyweight division,” he added.
Mansour is coming off a brutal seventh-round TKO win over a tough Fred Kassi last November.
Full interview below.