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.
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.