Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Gerald Washington was put to the test in fighting to a hard-fought ten round draw against contender and knockout artist Amir Mansour on Tuesday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. The early rounds of this fight were dictated by Washington’s ability to control the pace, use lateral movement, and have occasional success in landing his right hand as he attempted to keep Mansour at distance.
As the fight progressed into the middle rounds Mansour was able to use his aggression to gradually close the distance between himself and Washington. It was during this period of the fight that Mansour was able to let his hands go in close and put Washington on the defensive. Entering the final three rounds of this fight the tempo clearly had shifted in Mansour’s favor.
Mansour’s aggression along with effective offense to the body and head of Washington became the story in the second half of the fight. At the end of the ten round bout the official scoring was as follows. Judge Adelaide Byrd scored the contest 97-93 in favor of Washington. Judge Steve Morrow scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Mansour. The third and deciding Judge Pat Russell scored the fight even 95-95 resulting in a split decision draw.
Unofficially, I scored this fight 6-4 in rounds or 96-94 in points for Mansour. Although the pace of the fight was dictated by Washington in the early rounds, it was Mansour who was able to gradually take control of the fight particularly in the middle and late rounds. One thing that was noticeably absent as this fight progressed was Washington’s ability to control distance with his jab. Mansour was not only able to be aggressive, but he was more importantly able to be effective with his aggression as the fight progressed and that was the basis for my scoring.
Gerald Washington advances to 16-0-1, with 11 Knockouts. Amir Mansour advances to 22-1-1, with 16 Knockouts.
Also on this card, in a Cruiserweight bout rising prospect Michael Hunter scored a fourth round knockout over Jason Douglas. Hunter scored a knockdown of Douglas with a right hand late in the second round. Hunter was able to score two more knockdowns of Douglas in the fourth round before the fight was stopped by a ringside physician at the conclusion of round four.
Michael Hunter advances to 10-0, with 7 Knockouts. Jason Douglas falls to 11-6, with 4 Knockouts.
In other bouts:
Light-Heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (13-0, with 11 Knockouts) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Mariano Hilario (12-4, with 5 Knockouts). Official scores were 78-73, and 80-71(on two scorecards) in favor of Elbiali. Hilario was deducted a point for holding in round six.
In the Cruiserweight division Leo Hall (8-0, with 7 Knockouts) scored a first round knockout over Ricardo Campillo (9-9-1, with 7 Knockouts). Official time of the stoppage was 2:01 of round one.
In the Light-Heavyweight division rising prospect Mike Gavronski (20-1-1, with 13 Knockouts) scored a second round knockout over Jimmy Campbell (11-10, with 8 Knockouts). Official time of the stoppage was 1:59 of round two.
In the Welterweight division Wale Omotoso (26-2, with 21 Knockouts) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (33-13-2, with 13 Knockouts). Official scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 all in favor of Omotoso.
In the Jr. Middleweight division Phil Lo Greco (27-2, with 15 Knockouts) scored a fifth round stoppage of Pablo Munguia (22-9, with 13 Knockouts). The fight was stopped at the conclusion of round five.
Also in the Jr. Middleweight division Javier Molina (17-1, with 8 Knockouts) scored a seventh round stoppage of Lenwood Dozier (9-9-1, with 4 Knockouts). The fight was stopped at the conclusion of round seven.
It will be interesting to see if a rematch between Gerald Washington and Amir Mansour takes place in the near future. Although the fight between the two could be best described as both “Inconclusive” and “Workmanlike”, it was still a competitive fight between one fighter who is a rising prospect and another fighter who has established himself as a contender in the Heavyweight division.
The draw between the two will probably not have a negative effect on either fighter. The outcome of this fight however, does leave more questions than answers in regard to both fighters.
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