All eyes on Dover as No. 8 in the World defends his WBO Title- Mansour headlines Friday Night Fights on Dec. 2
DOVER, Del. — Dover Downs Hotel & Casino announces the next Friday Night Fights series event on Dec. 2 in the Rollins Center. Amir “Hard Core” Mansour will defend his prestigious WBO Title against Epifanio Mendoza (32-12-1) from Columbia. A win at the Dover Delaware hotel will bolster his world ranking, bringing him one step closer to the top spot and the much coveted title of “Heavyweight Champion of the World.”
Currently ranked No. 8 in the world, Mansour returns with his amazing 15-0 record after defeating Dominick Guinn for the title in August. It was only a little more than one year ago that Mansour began his road to the championship. In a mere 12 months, Mansour went from fighting his first fight in 10 years to a series of impressive wins that moved him, at an unprecedented speed, to being a formidable contender in the world standings. “Amir’s dedication and focus are remarkable,” said Nick Tiberi, matchmaker. “I have every confidence that he will be the Heavyweight Champion of the World.”
Mansour says that he respects Mendoza, especially since his last victory over the Puerto Rican Olympian, Carlos Negron. "I feel that I can beat any heavyweight in the world but especially at Dover Downs because of the unbelievable support I have from the fans there. They would have to carry me out on a stretcher before I would disappoint them,” said Mansour.
“Amir is like no other fighter I’ve managed. Outside of the ring he is the nicest guy you’d meet, inside the ring he is a force to be reckoned with,” said Keith Stoffer, manager. “He’s proven repeatedly that he has a devastating punch and the last fight he proved he could go the distance – we’re ready to take it to the top.”
Mansour is not the only title holder on the card. “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey defeated Ela Nunez for the NABF Female Super Featherweight Title in August. Jeffrey started her pro career in 2008 and has also rocketed in the standings. Jeffrey from Brooklyn, NY and boasting an 8-0-0 proudly holds the 14th position in the world standings.
New to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s ring, but not to boxing is Virginia’s own “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey 39(29)-6-0. Spivey is eager to get in the ring and prove he has was it takes to be top 10 in the world. Currently No. 13 in the WBA Spivey is ready for his opponent.
Also confirmed on the card is light welterweight Edgar Santana (26-3-0), Smyrna resident, super middleweight “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (17-1-0) and light heavyweight “The Bull” Anthony “Caputo” Smith of Kennett Square, Pa. With a clean record of 11(9)-0, Smith draws a loyal following from both Pa. and Del., light welterweight, Ryan Belasco and super featherweight Omarr Douglas both of Wilmington, Del. as well as Lamont Singletary and newcomer John Bowman round out the talent packed undercard. Opponents will be announced soon.
Tickets are on sale now for the Delaware casino event, ranging from $35 to $200. The first bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Will call will be open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit doverdowns.com for updates.
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Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of approximately 2,600 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 35,000 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com.
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