Tuesday October 13, 2015– Two heavyweights—one an unbeaten contender determined to show he’s one of the rising big men in the sport, the other a tough, crafty veteran angling for a late-career title shot—will slug it out as Premier Boxing Champions heads to Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, for another edition of Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
WASHINGTON vs MANSOUR PREVIEW:
The fact that heavyweight Gerald Washington has started his boxing career with 16 consecutive victories—including 11 stoppages—isn’t all that surprising, given his size (6-foot-6), athletic background (he played tight end and linebacker at USC) and power.
The fact that Washington didn’t begin that career until he was 30 years old, well, that makes his unblemished record borderline Buster Douglas-knocks-out-Mike Tyson stunning.
A onetime Navy helicopter pilot, Washington (16-0, 11 KOs) will try to remain perfect October 13 when he takes on arguably his toughest opponent to date in Amir Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs). The scheduled 10-round showdown from Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, headlines a Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The 33-year-old Washington, who kicked off his career with consecutive first-round knockouts a month apart in summer 2012, has been idle since scoring a one-sided unanimous-decision victory over journeyman Jason Gavern in March. That eight-round contest matched the longest fight of his career.
While Washington’s record is clean, Mansour has one “L” to his name, a closely contested unanimous-decision setback to Steve Cunningham in April 2014—a bout in which both heavyweights scored a knockdown.
Since then, the 43-year-old Wilmington, Delaware, native has rebounded with two victories: a knockout of Fred Kassi in November and a unanimous-decision triumph over Joey Dawejko in May.
This time around, the 6-foot-1 Mansour will be squaring off opposite an opponent who is 10 years younger and who has significant advantages in both height (five inches) and reach (eight inches). Not that he’s at all concerned.
“Gerald Washington has not even come close to fighting someone of my caliber,” said Mansour, who was born in Salem, New Jersey, and now fights out of nearby Wilmington, Delaware. “He has zero advantage except for height, and I’m experienced enough to take that away.
“The match against me is going to introduce Washington to an entirely new world of fighting, and I’m sure he isn’t prepared for this type of fight.”
Naturally, his opponent has a different take on things.
“This is my time to make a statement,” said Washington, a native of San Jose California. “I will make an example of Amir Mansour to let the heavyweight division know that there’s a new sheriff in town. No more ‘Mr. Nice Guy’—it’s time for me to bring the pain!”
(Courtesy of PBC Editor)
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