By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Bethlehem, PA (November 6th, 2014)– A deeper look at this weekend’s NBC main event at Sands Casino Bethlehem makes me wonder just how long the bout will last. Predictably not long. Delaware Heavyweight Amir ‘Hardcore’ Mansour is a devastating power puncher, with the ability to maul lower level opponents.His name generates fear and danger in the heavyweight division. Despite the fact his opponent, ‘Big Fred’ Kassi of Cameroon, now fighting out of New Orleans, has never been knocked out in 20 professional contests, Kassi’s record remains suspect.
In 2011, this reporter was an eyewitness in Atlantic city at Bally’s as to what happens when Mansour is put in against a ‘B’ level opponent. Mansour brutalized Hector Ferreyro with power shots before knocking him out on his back in the first round. The end of the bout was vicious and devastating. Ferreyro needed to be removed on a stretcher. based on this experience, a stretcher might be needed when Fred Kassi get knocked out, in my view. This is because there is a wide gap in ability between Kassi and Mansour. Kassi’s record lacks quality opposition. Mansour is not an ‘opponent’ to test one’s potential at the ‘A’ level.
Kassi has a six round decision loss to veteran Lionel Butler, and a 10 round decision loss to Kendrick Releford. Both of these fighters were ‘B’ level heavyweights. Mansour is an ‘A’ level heavyweight. If Mansour could drop top flight ex-champion Steve Cunningham twice in one round in his last bout, it leaves me to wonder exactly where the outcome of a bout with Kassi will stand.
Kassi has never faced a true power hitter on the level of Mansour. Also, the southpaw Mansour has a fine technically fought ten round decision win over polished contender Dominic Guinn. Mansour can box jab well and hit with power, as the occasion arises.
I doubt Mansour will fight a cautious fight. Having loss nine years of his life due to troubles with thelaw, and another 14 months for violating probation, at age 42, Mansour is ageless, but is on the border of a world title shot and realizing the extent of his true potential. After the decision loss to Cunningham, in a bout Mansour should have won, Mansour is likely to do the sort of gym work at this point to floor the gas pedal and get opponents out of there without hesitation.
Therefore this reporter predicts a knockout by Mansour over Kassi within four or five rounds. Mansour does not waste time once an opponent’s abilities are known. Mansour is now ready for a top flight bout for a regional belt. Owing to the power Mansour generates, a title bout between Mansour and Wladimir Klitschko would be interesting. Mansour is one of the few fighters is recent years with the power and style of the late Corrie Sanders who could give Wladimir trouble and knock Wladimir out. Once Mansour gets inside and finds his target, the bout is his for the taking. His kayo percentage remains high, nearly 75%. Mansour would also make a great title fight for Bermane Stiverne or Alexander Povetkin, two fantastic even matches with the potential for great excitement and a Mansour win. Mansour is ready to take his game back to the next level of competition.