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"Hardcore" Demolition of the Heavyweight Division Continues

By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing

Before you sign on the dotted line of that contract you better read the “small” print of the man’s record that says knockout, knockout and knockout on Amir “Hardcore” Mansour’s, 18-0 (14), formerly of Penns Grove, NJ, now out of Wilmington, DE, record.

Mansour is on a highway of destruction for those who dare agree to step into the ring with him! Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Rollins Center, in Dover, DE, there was no exception as he blasted out Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, 21-14-4 (10, of Kissimmee, FL, in 2:43 of the 1st round. It was the 11th stoppage in his last 12 fights dating back to 1998 with two inactive periods.

As matchmaker Nick Tiberi got the “verbal” okay from opponents Rafael Zumbano of Brazil and Rich Powers of MI, replacing former Olympian Devin Vargas who suffered from a broken nose in training they must have checked with Box Rec and had second thoughts. Finally on 3 day notice while in training camp Gavern agreed to make his 3rd appearance in a DE ring knowing it was a life and death pay day!

After a feeling out period with Gavern completely on the defense the power of a left to the temple from the southpaw Mansour you knew it would be just a matter of time before Gavern became another name on the list of knockouts “Hardcore” delivered as he hit the canvas. Immediately upon rising another left dropped Gavern again as the local fans went wild over their “adopted hero” from NJ.

From this writers view it looked like a combination barely landed when down again went Gavern for a 3rd time possibly from a push. He struggled to his feet knowing the end was upon him as another left ended the fight as referee Vic deWysocki stepped in and waved it off. Gavern who in 2010 drew with now contender Jonathan Banks and went the distance with former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham in 2012 upon the latter’s entrance to the heavyweight division he was just another name on the list of 14 who failed to go the distance in 18 starts with Mansour.

After the match Mansour acknowledged Gavern’s acceptance of the match on such short notice and proclaimed “no one ranked wants to fight me”. He retained his WBF Intercontinental and gained the NABA title. Next month the World Boxing Federation’s champion Michael Grant defends the title he won back in 2011 for the first time in France against Carlos Takam. Mansour is said to fight the winner.

Though Dover Downs runs next on August 23rd it is doubtful the fight would take place there per publicist Lisa Rollins. Mansour seems to have outgrown the facility and needs to expand his territory to gain a world title. Manager Keith Stoffer and trainer Moses Mosley along with cornermen Tommy Barnes and Danny Davis are a hard team to beat.

Manager Stoffer addressed the problem for Mansour getting a WBF title bout in the future. “If Grant should win, he does not like to defend in a timely manner (making first defense next month after winning title 18 months ago). There’s talk of a defense in China, Dubai and even Dover with a tent outside (need TV). If Takam (Grants opponent) wins we are not going to wait. Ed Sutor (DD CEO) said we can always fight there if we have a gap which we might have to fill if phone doesn’t ring for something great. He is willing to give up his Nov date to fill a void in Amir’s career. How blessed to have a casino behind you,” said Stoffer.

Speaking of world titles house favorite “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey, 12-0 (1) won the Interim WIBA super featherweight title taking all 8 rounds from Natasha “Nightmare” Spence, 6-2-1 (5), of Ontario, CAN. Jeffrey had too many weapons for the straight forward Spence to handle.

This southpaw from Brooklyn, NY, has won over the fans making her 9th appearance in 12 fights at Dover Downs. Judges Dorthea Perry and Mark D’Atillio had it 79-73 while Brian Costello and dhb had it a shutout at 80-72. Why is it when a boxer has been completely beaten do they balk upon hearing the decision like Spence and her trainer? Brian Cohen, manager of Jeffrey seemed to handle a celebrating supporter of Jeffrey’s out of the ring quite well! Only bigger and better things in the future for “Queen”!

A “future” headliner down the road is Wilmington lightweight Omar “Super O” Douglas, who remained unbeaten, 8-0 (6), with all his fights at the casino. Trainer Doug Pettiford continues to do a fine job with Douglas. “We worked too hard for any other result,” said Douglas.

Southpaw Daniel “Super Sweet” Mitchell, 5-3 (2), of Pittsburgh, PA, made the mistake of ducking into a Douglas left hook that landed partially on the side of the head and down went Mitchell. It seemed he never recovered from the blow as 2 more left hooks scored separate knockdowns ending the fight at 2:33 of the 1st round when referee Bill Johnson stepped in and waved it off. Douglas has scored 6 knockouts in his last 7 fights.

Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 14-0 (8), Wash. DC, continued unbeaten with a good performance taking all 6 rounds from Jonathan “La Pesadilla” Garcia, 3-5 (1), of Aguada, PR, in a pleasing welterweight match-up. Referee was deWysocki.

Harrison had an extra supporter as WBA Super and WBC super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward made an appearance. The former Olympic Gold Medalist received a good welcome from the crowd upon being introduced by ring announcer Larry Tornambe. “I’m here to support Dusty,” said Ward. It was Harrison’s second DE appearance. The other in February 2013. “I will be fighting in Boston next month,” said Harrison. He is only 18 and trained/managed by his father Buddy Harrison.

Light Welterweight “Jolt’n” Joey Tiberi, 9-1 (5), overcame a slight cut on the outside of his left brow to take all 4 rounds from David Warren Huffman, 4-14-1 (3), of Cincinnati, OH. With top cut man Joey Eye in his corner Tiberi had no concern about the cut. His trainer and father Joe Tiberi said “we are looking to move up to a 6 rounder next”. Young Tiberi put on an impressive offense that included a left uppercut to the midsection causing Huffman to “puke” in the middle of the ring causing another first for these writers. Referee Johnson was quick to address the clean-up provided by Team Nye.

Guyana’s Samuel “Unbelivable“ Kotey Neequaye, 19-0 (15), out of Baltimore, MD, was brought in as a replacement for Edgar Santana who suffered an injury per manager Brian Cohen. As hard as Arturo “Sonic” Santiago, 7-7-1 (4), of Lajas, PR, tried he was no match for Neequaye who ended matters at 1:25 of the 2nd round. In spite of the obvious advantage in skills the winner had to resort to forearms to the throat and once hitting his opponent in the back after a break. Referee Johnson issued warnings and no deductions.

Cruiserweight Lamont “Problem Solver” Singletary, 5-0 (3), of Milford/Dover, DE, had a problem solving southpaw Tracey “The Titan” Johnson, 1-2-2, of Camden, NJ, in the 1st round. In the 2nd round Johnson landed a lead left to the face that Singletary no longer “smiled off”. He pinned Johnson against the ropes. As Johnson spun away he was met with a barrage of punches causing him to be sent backwards but not down as referee deWysocki waved it off at 2:16 of the 2nd round. The crowd and especially Johnson and his trainer were not pleased with the decision. deWysocki felt Johnson was hurt and didn’t need to be knocked down to prove it.

In the opening bout John “Church Boy” Bowman, 6-0-1 (1), of Dover, DE, scored his first stoppage at 2:43 of the 2nd round over Stanley “Chin Checker” Harvey, 1-5 (0), of San Diego, CA. Referee deWysocki waved it off after a knockdown. “Thank God for the victory,” said Bowman. Trainer Bernard “Road Dog” of Dover has his fighter on the path of stepping up to a 6 next time out.

Prior to the main event besides introducing Andre Ward, Philadelphia promoter Greg Robinson (Power Productions) had his main event boxers “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 18-5-3 (3), of Wilmington, DE, and Angel Ocasio, 7-0-2 (2), of Philadelphia introduced for their April 26th match at the National Guard Armory in NE Philadelphia for the USBC lightweight championship over 8 rounds.

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