Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Amir “Hardcore” Mansour wants respect and more importantly wants to make a statement when he steps into the ring against Joey “The Tank” Dawejko on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” in South Philadelphia in a 10-round affair that will decide the vacant Pennsylvania heavyweight title.
Mansour (21-1, 16ko’s) is coming off a devastating KO win over Fred Kassi last November, while still trying to rebound from his tough April 2014 defeat against Steve Cunningham in a fight that saw Mansour score a pair of knockdowns.
Mansour knows a dominating win would propel him up the rankings once more.
“This dude is not ready for what I will bring,” Mansour said to JMB throughout his camp and leading up to the fight.
The two had to be separated at the weigh-in earlier in the week when Mansour barked at a seemingly cocky Dawejko.
“All that (expletive) that you talked yesterday, there is going be none of that tomorrow,” Mansour said as Dawejko smiled. “It is a whole other (expletive) world out here.”
The 24-year-old Dawejko (14-3-2, 7ko’s) is a talented boxer but has not faced the type of competition that Mansour has faced, and many believe he will be overwhelmed from the start.
He did score brilliant first-round KO win over Enobong Umohette his last time out and has won six straight overall.
However, he is not as tall and strong as Mansour, and does not have the punching power that Mansour possess.
If Dawejko moves around and stays away from Mansour’s massive overhand left, he could start to frustrate Mansour, who will be looking for the early knockout.
Mansour is the type of boxer that will take some jabs and then try to overpower his opponent, and fire off with power shots through their guard. He was able to do that in 2013 against a taller Kelvin Price.
If Dawejko can use his feet and work from a distance and get in and out, slipping in and out of harm, then he can make it a fight that could go a couple of rounds.
If he tries to get fancy and lazy with his punches, Mansour with catch him and it will be a quick night of work for the 42-year-old.
“Honestly, he (Dawejko) 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 Dawejko and all his talking leading up to the fight.
“I am going shut him up,” Mansour concluded.
The main undercard fight, an eight-round middleweight bout, pits DeCarlo Perez (13-3-1, 5 KOs) of Atlantic City, New Jersey, against Jessie Nicklow (24-5-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland.
Perez has won two straight and has rebounded after suffering a split-decision loss to Wilky Campfort in early January, while Nicklow has dropped two in a row and three of his last five overall.