By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
41 year old ageless southpaw heavyweight fighter Amir Mansour, 18-0, whose career has featured various prison stints, forges on at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2013, in a do or die 12 round crossroads bout for the vacant United States Boxing Association and World Boxing Federation Inter-Continental heavyweight titles. Harris, 26-17-2, 11 knockouts, age 37, East Orange, New Jersey, will attempt to regain the USBA title. Mansour, 18-0, 14 knockouts, age 41, Wilmington, Delaware, could get a world title shot if he wins this bout, virtually his last chance at stardom and a world title.
Mansour has only one name of note on his record, a ten round decision over Dominic Guinn at Dover Downs in August 2011, over two years ago. Harris’ resume is a regular who’s who of the heavyweight division past and present, including Larry Holmes, Vaughn Bean, Zuri Lawrence, Gerald Nobles, David Izon, Jimmy Thunder, Jeremy Williams, Chris Byrd, Harold Sconiers, Henry Akinwande, Fres Oquendo, Siarhei Liakhovich, Derrick Jefferson, Robert Hawkins, Nagy Aquilera, Tony Thompson, Tye Fields, Robert Hawkins, Julius Long, Edmund Gerber, Albert Sosnoski, Billy ZUmbrun and many more.
By virtue of experience, Harris would be favored in a 12 round bout which went to the scorecards. Harris has been into the tenth round and beyond seven times, a plethora of experience Mansour cannot match. Mansour has knockout power. Prediction: Harris by decision if the bout goes the distance, Mansour by technical knockout in the later rounds if it does not. On the seven bout undercard, Edgar ‘El Chamaco’ Santana is favored by knockout in the middle rounds in a 12 round bout for the vacant NABA light welterweight title over 40 year old Ecuador veteran Luis ‘El Morochito’ Hernandez, 22-6, 15 knockouts, best known for his knockout loss to Delvin Rodriguez is a 2006 USBA welterweight title bout in Texas. Santana, coming off a knockout win over Eddie Soto at Dover Downs in January 2013, is attempting to regain the NABA title he won in 2011, but lost in 2012.