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At age 42, Amir Mansour makes his move
Main Events Boxing returns to NBC “Fight Night” to present another entertaining fight card from the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The main event will feature the highly touted Delaware heavyweight-prospect Amir Mansour (19-0, 14 KOs) and former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in separate fights. The NBC “Fight Night” telecast will begin promptly at 8 PM/ET.
Mansour is nearly 42 years old and he is still considered to be a heavyweight prospect. His career began in 1997, but an arrest and conviction led to a prison sentence of more than 8 years behind bars. Mansour resumed his career in 2010, but was jailed again for 14 months in 2011 for violating his parole.
Overall, Mansour has spent more than 17 years of his life behind bars.
“A lot of people up here (on the dais) have stories of their own, getting through trials and tribulations,” Mansour said at this week’s press conference. “A lot of people know my story. They know I had a rough road to get to this point. Eight and a half years in prison, honestly, 16 years and 7 months altogether in prison, almost half my life. So nobody is going to get in that ring with me and deny me of any opportunity that I’ve been working hard half of my life for… If he ain’t got no 9mm, no shotgun in that ring, ain’t no stopping me. Saturday night it’ll be intensity, it’ll be “Hardcore” Mansour at his best, doin’ what I do.”
Mansour will battle Kelvin Price in a heavyweight contest.
Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is a former two-time IBF cruiserweight champion. However, in the last 2 ½ years, Cunningham has suffered losses in four of his last five contests including a pair of world title defeats to Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Cunningham, since moving up to the heavyweight division is 0-2. He dropped a close decision to Tomasz Adamek in 2012 before getting knocked out by Tyson Fury in 2013.
Cunningham is going to prove on Saturday that he has the perseverance to compete in the heavyweight division and get his career back on track.
“I just want to say one quick, short thing. My whole life, even this career, every part of my life, is to show perseverance. Perseverance: good and bad; my family; my daughter, what she’s going through with her heart; what we go through in boxing; what I’ve been through in my last fight; and then be able to fight here and get the victory which I believe will lead the team on to the heavyweight title. That’s the ultimate goal, just want to show perseverance. I also just want to show everybody that I ain’t lost a step. I fought the biggest man in boxing (Tyson Fury), put him down with one punch. He got me out of there like he should, but you roll the dice and that’s what this thing is. I’m back… I’m doing great; I’m just ready to show you guys on Saturday.”
Cunningham (25-6, 12 KOs) will battle Manuel Quezada (29-7, 18KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight contest.
Tickets for the show are priced at $75 and $50 through the Resorts International Hotel and Casino Box Office, 800-736-1420 and at TicketMaster. Click here to connect to TicketMaster or cut and paste: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Main-Events-Boxing-tickets/artist/1940738
Atlantic City’s Boxing History is of Heavyweight Quality
At one point Atlantic City was the host of some of the biggest `world heavyweight title fights in boxing history. From Jack Dempsey’s 1921 heavyweight title fight against Georges Carpentier that drew more than 80,000 to Mike Tyson’s infamous one-round demolition of Michael Spinks in 1988, people have always come out to support boxing’s biggest attractions.
The history of World Championship Boxing in Atlantic City is too great to condense into one story. But the memories of Atlantic City being a premier fight town will never fade. Arturo Gatti’s two victories out of three amazing fights with Mickey Ward occurred at Boardwalk Hall, a place that his legacy helped cement as the premier event eventer in AC.
World title defenses by Lennox Lewis against Shannon Briggs and Andrew Golota, Evander Holyfield’s world heavyweight title defense against George Foreman, Jack Dempsey’s loss to Gene Tunney that drew over 120,000 fans in 1926, Ernie Terrell’s controversial decision loss to Chuck Wepner in 1973, Mike Tyson’s destruction of Larry Holmes, Terrell Biggs, Alex Stewart, Frank Bruno, and Carl Williams, the famous rematch between Riddick Bowe vs. Andrew Golota, and Wladimir Klitschko’s epic career-defining victory against Samuel Peter is amongst countless memories of heavyweight boxing in Atlantic City.