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Gerald Washington – Amir Mansour ends in draw – live results

By Tim Fletcher: In a controversial decision, heavyweights Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) and Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) ended in a 10 round draw on Tuesday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 from the Little Creek Casino Resort, in Shelton, Washington.

The final judges’ scores were 97-93 for Washington, 96-94 for Mansour, and 95-95.

Judge Adalaide Byrd was the one that scored the fight 97-93 for Washington. It’s unclear what fight she was watching because it was pretty obvious that Washington was totally gassed out after the 4th, and wasn’t actually trying to win the fight. Washington was just trying not to get knocked out. Mansour’s body punching and pressure should have been enough for him to be given the victory, but the oddball scoring from Byrd and Pat Russell resulted in the fight being scored a draw.


Washington was the one who came into the fight with the hype behind him due to his 6’6″ height and unbeaten record, but the judges did him no favors by scoring the fight a draw. They’re just delaying the inevitable. Washington will be in a world of hurt once he faces a good heavyweight like some of the top contenders. If he faces WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder right now, Washington will get destroyed. He doesn’t throw enough punches to beat a fighter like Wilder, and he would be in big trouble once he ran out of gas after the 4th.

Washington came into the fight with a reputation for gassing out after 5 rounds, and he lived up to that reputation tonight by fading after 4.

Washington appeared to lose the last 6 rounds of the fight due to his running, holding and low punch output. Washington was mostly just holding and running away from Mansour from rounds 5 trough 10. Mansour was able to land a lot of body shots that clearly bothered Washington and him holding on and doing a lot of shoving.

“I think it was a terrible decision,” Washington said after the fight. “I definitely won the fight. Look at his face. Look at his ear. Now look at my face.”

The crowd booed the results loudly, showing their displeasure with the ridiculous decision. It always looks bad when two judges give odd ball scores like we saw tonight with one of them giving the fight to Washington and the other scoring it a 95-95 draw.

Washington landed 108 of 382 punches for a connect percentage of 26. Mansour connected on 99 of 452 punches for a connect percentage of 22.

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Unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (13-0, 11 KOs) battled hard to defeated a very tired looking Mariano Hilario (12-4, 5 KOs) by an 8 round unanimous decision. The final judges’ scores were 80-71, 78-73 and 80-71.

Hilario, 28, was deducted one point in the 6th round for holding. In the previous round, referee Pat Russell warned Hilario for holding.

Elbiali, 25, put a lot of pressure on Hilario the entire fight, and was constantly loading up on his shots. However, Elbiali’s defense was nonexistent the entire night, and he never used head movement or jabs while walking forward to land his big shots. This allowed Hilario to land a lot of big shots in the first four rounds of the fight. Luckily for Elbiali, Hilario gassed out in the second half of the fight and rarely throw any significant punches.

Elbiali landed 183 of 496 punches for a 37 percent connect percentage.

There’s talk of Elbiali possibly moving down in weight to the super middleweight division. That might be the best thing for him because he’s not a big light heavyweight. If he gets in the ring with some of the better skilled 175lb fighters, he’ll have problems. Right now, Elbiali doesn’t look like he would do well against the top contenders at light heavyweight like Artur Beterbiev, Sullivan Barrera, Eleider Alvarez, Yunieski Gonzalez, Andrezj Fonfara, Jean Pascal and Edwin Rodriguez.

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Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Michael Hunter (10-0, 7 KOs) put in a sloppy performance was still able to score a 4th round stoppage win over 35-year-old journeyman Jason Douglas (11-6, 4 KOs).

USA. Hunter, 27, knocked Douglas down four times in the fight in dropping him once in the 2nd & 3rd, and twice in the 4th. Referee Jack Reiss halted the fight after the 4th round due to Douglas looking in bad shape after taking a pounding in the 4th. The official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of the 4th. The first knockdown of the 4th came from a left hook from Hunter that put Douglas down. Late in the round, Hunter flurried on a weary and hurt Douglas until he took a knee.

Hunter appeared to be thumbed in his right eye in the 3rd round. For a moment there, Hunter was nearly defenseless and took some big shots from Douglas. However, Hunter came back strong to drop Douglas with a left hook to the head. Hunter suffered a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads late in the round.

In the 2rd round, Hunter dropped Douglas with a right hand to the head. Douglas got up and was able to weather a flurry from Hunter to make it out of the round.

All in all, it wasn’t an impressive performance for Hunter despite him getting the win. He’s going to need to stop loading up his shots and learn to box if he wants to beat the better heavyweights in the division. Right now, he doesn’t look good enough to beat any of the top contenders.

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In what shapes up to be an exciting contest tonight, heavyweight knockout artist Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) will be battling unbeaten heavyweight prospect Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington, (16-0, 11 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports 1 Little Creek Resort Casino in Shelton, WA.

The 43-year-old Mansour has won his last two fights since his loss to Steve Cunningham in April 2014. He defeated Joey Dawejko and Fred Kassi. Mansour’s win over Kassi was impressive, as he stopped him in the 7th round.

Start time: 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT

Location: Little Creek Resort Casino in Shelton, WA

Where to watch? Fox Sports 1

Mansour’s weight has fluctuated a lot since he turned pro. He’s been as high as 232, and recently last fight he went down to 210lbs for his fight against Joey Dawejko. Mansour seems to fight better when he’s higher in weight rather than lower. He looked weak against Dawejko. For a fighter who has very little fat on his frame, it’s unclear why Mansour’s weight fluctuates so dramatically with each fight. For this fight against Washington, Mansour weighed in a 221lbs. It’s a better weight for him, but not as good as when he’s at 230.

“Gerald Washington has not even come close to fighting someone of my caliber,” said Mansour. “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.”

Washington, 33, has excellent punching power and good size at 6’6”. However, his work rate is very limited, and he doesn’t throw jabs all that much. When he does throw a jab, it’s a pawing jab without any power behind it. Washington mostly sits and waits and then loads up with everything he has on his shots to try and score a knockout. He’s very wild at times, and he looks raw to the extreme.

If you were to compare him to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in terms of boxing skills, Washington doesn’t come off well. He doesn’t have Wilder’s hand speed, work rate, two-fisted punching power, jab or mobility. Washington is a fighter that looks to load up on one big shot and then hope for the best. Washington has stopped 7 out of his last 8 opponents. But in his last fight against Jason Gavern, he was forced to go the full 8 round distance to win by a decision. That’s not a good sign when you judge a heavyweight’s talent. Washington should have been able to get Gavern out of there if he was a good heavyweight, but he couldn’t do it.

“I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring with Amir Mansour,” said Washington. “This is my time to make a statement. 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!”

Other fights on tonight’s Washington-Mansour card are as follows:

Phil Lo Greco vs. Pablo Munguia

Ahmed Elbiali vs. Mariano Hilario

Michael Hunter vs. Jason Douglas

Wale Omotoso vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon

Javier Molina vs. Lenwood Dozier

Mike Gavronski vs. Jimmy Campbell

Leo Hall vs. Ricardo Campillo


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