The 43 year old fringe contender Amir Mansour fights up and coming novice, the 33 year old Gerald Washington in the northwest corner of the US of A, Tuesday, October 13th @ Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington.
Mansour passed his biggest test against the longtime problematic contender, Steve Cunningham, beating the holy ding dongs out of him and knocking him down twice in the 5th only to see the ref, Steve Smoger, decide to join the dark side and give Cunningham extra time to recover as has been happening a lot with refs the past few years. A ten count extends into 15 or 20 seconds or even more now as boxing continues to enforce a different set of rules in the ring than are on the books whenever they choose. Nor did he count the 3rd knockdown later in the fight even as Cunningham was reeling about on spaghetti legs when he finally got up.
Any wonder why American fans have been fleeing in droves from lowest fringe sport of all the fringe sports when it can’t properly regulate itself for fair results?
Of course Mansour has himself partially to blame by being an felony ex-con two times over. He made the mistake of whomping one of the “nicer” fighters in the US of A. Cunningham while very game, frankly looked shot and continues to drop bouts right and left, but not this time against Mansour. Judges gifted him with a fairly wide decision, and fairplay, he did come back in the 10th and last round to drop Mansour for a flash knockdown that was a genuine slip causing a glove to touch so to rub salt into Mansour’s wounds from having to fight both the ref and Cunningham.
So now comes Washington as one of sugar daddy Al Haymon’s special projects being groomed to fight his super duper special project. That would be Deontay Wilder, the recent “winner” of the WBC “regular” belt in a canned fight against Bermane Stiverne who “mysteriously” entered the ring dangerously dehydrated, so dehydrated he was hospitalized for tests after 12 rounds of relatively light action in climate controlled environs…YEAH, RIGHT, only in boxing folks. Washington is still largely untested, but he does have some good attributes in size, 6-6, 250 lbs, with strength from a football background and a dynamic, interesting style that has been successful so far, 16-0, 11 KO. Assisted by the backing of Haymon, the modern day Wizard of Oz who controls boxing in a Vegas bunker out of sight where the sun don’t shine, Washington may well turn to be The Next American Heavy that the public has been clamoring for to restore the stained honor of American boxing, but then again pro football and basketball players have never played a significant role in boxing for a good reason. They can’t box at the higher levels.
The southpaw Mansour is around 6 foot and generally a solid 220 or so lbs, so he has his hands full getting inside without getting clipped, but his style is like a very busy left handed Mike Tyson with plenty of power, speed, and moves in spite of his advanced age. If he steps in to land one of his combos, could also be Washington quickly goes timber via the Seth Mitchell route and disappears from the boxing landscape.
I certainly don’t discount Washington in a fair fight, but, sadly, this may prove be another Haymon canned fight. The officiating in boxing has gotten so bad they can get away with anything these days. Mansour has proven in the ring to be good enough for a title shot, but unless he’s signed with Haymon, it won’t be against the softest belt holder going today, Deontay Wilder. Mansour not only has to fight Father Time and Washington, but also the suits lined up against him as well as the officials. Can he do it?