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Mansour-Dawejo, An Interesting ESPN2 Fight On Friday


Heavyweight Amir Mansour will take on Joey Dawejko for a vacant regional heavyweight title at South Philly’s 2300 Arena as well as national TV audience on ESPN2. The fight is an ode to the local, club show as this is a super-fight in Philly that has the crossover appeal to the masses as it has two major things going into a) the fight is at heavyweight and b) a true dislike for one and another.

Mansour is a knockout artist who spent years locked in prison after drug traffic conviction that saw him restart his pro boxing career in his late thirties. Mansour’s power is so real that anyone who has been in the ring with him has tasted the canvas and even in his lone loss with Steve Cunningham, Cunningham hit the deck in the bout and had to fight back from nearly being stopped by Mansour.

On the other hand, Joey “The Tank” is a lovable, smiling human being who looks more like a down on his luck barroom brawler than the menacing Mansour. Think of Dawejko as a friendly version of MMA fighter, Tank Abbott, who also has a funny amusing book that you should read, but the big question is; who is Joey Dawejko? Dawejko is riding a four fight knockout streak, but that list consist four names that add confusion to the average boxing fan.


So the fight is what you hope for on most days, a crossroads fight in which both fighters have more questions then answers at this point.


So the big question now asks will Mansour’s power be too much for the career underachiever, Dawejko, or will the amateur background of Dawejko play a part in being able to beat the raw Mansour?


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Lukie Ketelle

Lukie Ketelle