Heavyweight Amir Mansour Falls at Age 46 as Felip Hrogovic Knocks Him Out in Zagreb, Croatia
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Zagreb, Croatia (September 9th, 2018)-– The world heavyweight title dreams and aspirations of Amir Mansour finally reached the bitter end at age 46 as 2015 European amateur champion Felip Hrogovic knocked him out in the third round in Zabreb, Croatia, on September 8, 2018.
The bitter outcome for the aging Mansour was never in doubt.
Despite beating Travis Kauffman and Joey Dawejko recently by 10 round decisions, Mansour has won only one of his last five bouts in the past three years. Relegated to last minute opportunities in Europe more recently over world class dangerous heavyweights, the questions of his age and proper preparations hung a cloud over his last two bouts, the Felip Hrogovic in Croatia and Sergei Kuzmin in the Russian Federation bouts, which lasted a total of less than six rounds. The Kuzmin No-Contest was an ominous warning to Mansour-his career was more or less nearing its conclusion, but he did not get the message.
Hrogovic, at 6-0, Zagreb, Croatia, has fought five times in 10 months. A 6’6” Anthony Joshua sized monster, Hrogovic had Mansour outweighed and outmatched in size, reach and speed. Hrogovic simply walked Mansour down fearlessly. Mansour kept reaching for punches which could not land. Hrogovic’s overhand headshots finally dropped an aging Mansour. Like a too old version of Jack Johnson versus Jess Willard, Mansour fell and really had no chance of continuing against a well-trained gargantuan. Mansour, 23-3-1, Wilmington, Delaware, had a dream, but eventually his age caught up with him and his dream simply ran out of steam.