Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will meet Gerald Washington in a scheduled 10-round affair Tuesday October 13th, at Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.
The southpaw Mansour (22-1, 16ko’s) has won two straight since dropping a tough 10-round USBA heavyweight title in Steve Cunningham back in April 2014.
He rebounded from the lone loss of his career, by scoring a seventh-round knockout against Fred Kassi, and then followed that up by earning a hard fought 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Dawejko for the then vacant USA Pennsylvania State heavyweight title.
Washington (16-0, 11ko’s) has not fought the level of opponents that Mansour has, but his 6″6 height might give Mansour a bit of trouble in this one as well as his reach. He is very aware that the hard-hitting Mansour makes up for his lack of height with a burning desire and guts and his training suggest he is ready for the challenge.
“I have to thank my trainer John Pullman for getting me right for this fight,” Washington said exclusively to JMB. “Camp was challenging with the quality of southpaws that I brought in. I feel like my body is war ready.”
Washington goes into this fight, knowing that Mansour has the power to take an opponent out quickly. The 43-year-old southpaw has posted 16ko’s during his career.
“He’s (Mansour) an aggressive fighter that has fought some good competition,” Washington said. “What he lacks in height, he makes up with heart and athleticism. Like all my fights, I won’t take him lightly.”
However, Mansour, who has hopes of making serious noise in 2015, feels he is still being overlooked.
“As for Gerald Washington, he’s just not in my league,” Mansour said to JMB. “He is not prepared for the war I am going bring him.”
Washington believes he is the one that can shake up the landscape of the heavyweight division with an upset win.
“In the heavyweight division anybody can get knocked out,” added Washington. “So game planning for his power is the same as game planning for any other heavyweight. I’m going to fight smart and keep my range,. It’s not about who I’m fighting but what I bring to the fight. If he decides to enter my domain, he’s going to get dropped.”
Washington does not lack confidence, but more importantly he understands what a win against Mansour would mean to him and his resume.
“A win for me would definitely put me in the future title discussion and I feel this fight alone has gotten the attention of the heavyweight division because I’m not hear to duck competition. Every since I was a little kid growing up as an amateur boxer I wanted to be heavyweight champion and I feel this fight can get me one step closer to that dream.”