AMIR MANSOUR TO FACE KELVIN PRICE
Press Release: In a pair of ten rounders on the December 14th edition of NBC Sports Network's Fight Night, heavyweights Amir Mansour faces Kelvin Price and light heavyweights Ryan Coyne faces Lionell Thompson. For each of the four men, once-promising ring careers came into question following events inside and outside of the ring.
Now it's make-or-break on a nationally televised Atlantic City, New Jersey show - a definitive victory could get half of the combatants back on track and silence their doubters; a loss could be the end of the road.
Knockout artist Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (19-0 with 14 KOs), of Wilmington, DE, has yet to lose a fight, but he has had a different sort of demon to overcome. His best years were spent behind prison bars instead of inside the ring so, at 41 years of age, Mansour has plenty of critics who think he's just too old to be taken seriously. On December 14th, Mansour is looking to put his struggles behind him and prove that he belongs in the successful over-40 club lead by current world title holders Bernard Hopkins and Vitali Klitschko.
Amir will have to fend off another determined salvation-seeker in Klitschko-sized heavyweight, Kelvin "Price is Right" Price (14-1, 6 KOs). After a win in his last fight (a ten-round decision over Danny Williams), the six-foot, seven-inch boxer from Pensacola, FL is still trying to erase the memory of the only loss of his career to undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder almost one year ago.
Both heavies will enter the ring with the same goal, after 10 rounds (or less) we'll find out which big man moves forward.
Redemption will also be the prize for one of two light heavyweights. Southpaw Ryan Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, is out to prove that he is far better than his last fight, a loss to Marcus Oliveira by TKO.
However, Buffalo's Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, has the same objective."Lonnie B" is on a two-bout roll, and rebuilding his reputation after his 2012 TKO loss to Sergey Kovalev.That defeat looks far better these days, given the fact that Kovalev became the WBO light heavyweight champion less than one year later. Although Thompson took the fight with Kovalev on only two weeks' notice, he clearly needs to register a big win to erase any doubts and move up in the star-studded 175-pound division.
This night of redemption takes place at the Superstar Theatre at Atlantic City's Resorts International Hotel& Casino, and will be televised on NBC Sports Network Fight Night between 8-10 PM.