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Mansour, Washington Fight To Draw: Hunter, Elbiali Win

By Jake Donovan

The last of six consecutive installments of  Premier Boxing Champions (PBC): Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays  on Fox Sports 1 saw heavyweights Amir Mansour and Gerald Washington fight to a 10-round draw Tuesday evening at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. 

It was a tale of two fights, with Washington dominating early before Mansour turned things around and remained in control over the second half of the main event battle. At which point he took over was apparently a point of contention among the three judges, hence the split decision draw that didn't sit well with either fighter.

"I definitely won the fight," said a disgusted Washington (16-0-1, 11KOs), though a self-assessment met with a chorus of boos from the crowd on hand. 

Washington definitely won the first four rounds of the bout, as the much shorter Mansour struggled to work his way inside. The unbeaten heavyweight from California was boxing smart from the outside, waiting for Mansour to work his way inside and then occasionally make him pay.

That lasted as long as his stamina would hold up, which didn't turn out to be for very long. The former college football player was slowly running out of gas midway through the fight, which just happened to be the point where Mansour dialed up his attack. 

"I messed up in the middle rounds but came back in the last 3-4 rounds," Washington admitted after the fight.

Mansour had a far different take of the fight, as did most viewers in attendance and watching at home (at least those at home who shared their thoughts on social media). Oddly, it was a scenario he saw coming. 

"I knew coming here in Al Haymon territory, that if i didn't blow him out, they wouldn't give me the decision," Mansour commented afterward of facing a Haymon-advised heavyweight in Washington on a PBC show. 

Overhand shots from the 6'1" heavyweight began to find Washington's chin in round five. The scoring blows appeared to be arm punches, with Mansour unable to get close enough inside to get the necessary leverage on his shots to truly turn the tide.

It was enough, however, to see Washington's attack slowed to a crawl. Rather than standing and trading, the 6'6" heavyweight used every inch of the ring, particularly down the stretch when most believed he was letting the fight slip away. 

Washington can thank Adalaide Byrd for creating the perception that the fight was up for grabs. A 'bow your head in shame' scorecard of 97-93 in favor of the undefeated prospect was rightfully met with disdain and scorn from neutral observers, while Mansour managed to win 96-94 on a second card.

A third view had the fight 95-95, leaving both fighters left to debate over who deserved to win. 

"I gave the crowd something to see," noted Mansour (22-1-1, 16KOs). "That's why they're cheering me and booing him."

UNDERCARD 

Michael Hunter scored four knockdowns en route to forcing Jason Douglas to quit after four rounds in their cruiserweight battle.

Hunter - a 2012 U.S. Olympian - was in control for the majority of the contest, but briefly endured adversity when his vision was compromised at the start of round three. The sequence came shortly after Hunter floored Douglas at the end of round two, spendng the next few moments blinking profusely and riding out the one rally his opponent was able to offer. 

Momentum shifted back in favor of the unbeaten prospect towards round's end, as Hunter forced Douglas to the canvas inside the final 10 seconds. Two more knockdowns came in round four - a left hook early in the round and an accumulation of punches forcing Douglas to a knee late in the frame - with referee Jack Reiss warning the Canadian pug the end was near if he didn't fight back.

The ringside physician wound up making that decision for everyone, declaring in between rounds that Douglas was unfit to continue. The official time was 3:00 of round four. 

Hunter advances to 10-0 (7KOs). Douglas - who took the bout on two weeks notice - falls to 11-6 (4KOs). 

With the early ending, there was plenty of time to air a swing bout on the telecast. Sadly, the event handlers went with light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali, who went eight rounds for the first time in his career in taking a unanimous decision over Mariano Hilario.

Scores were 80-71 (twice) and 78-73 in favor of Elbiali (13-0, 11KOs), who had never been extended beyond six rounds prior to Tuesday's bout. Hilario (12-4, 5KOs) was docked a point in round six for excessive holding. 

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com.
Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BostonGuy on 10-17-2015

Just watched the fight. Gerald Washington sucks. I'm not usually that critical of fighters but Washington just did not behave like a fighter. He was the bigger and taller fighter but yet he backpedalled for most of the fight. He…

Comment by joe strong on 10-14-2015

I haven't watched it yet but saw a few highlights. Mansour is getting up in age so you would think with all of Washington's advantages he would be the guy to pick. I will have to watch it before I…

Comment by lane99 on 10-14-2015

I hated to do it, but I scored rounds 9-10 for Washington, since although Washington was entirely in retreat, he did land a few punches, and Mansour didn't. Final score: 6-4 Washington. But Mansour is the vastly more entertaining fighter.

Comment by Fetta on 10-14-2015

Washington 1st half and Mansour 2nd half. Draw seems right to me

Comment by denium on 10-14-2015

[QUOTE=Virgil Caine;16131933]It's still a nice back story. The guy is a gate keeper, but he will beat a lot of guys. He'll never be a true contender, but he's far better than the average gatekeeper. Who's to say he would've…

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