Amir Mansour gets second chance at WBC International title
Previously reported by 3kingsboxing, undefeated 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Filip Hrgovic (5-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to fight veteran Gary Cornish (25-2, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title. Reports are now saying that Cornish will not compete due to medical reasons. Full disclosure has yet to be provided. This now gives a chance to former IBF North American and WBO NABO Heavyweight champion Amir Mansour (23-2-1, 16 KOs).
The 26 year old Croatian fighter doesn’t have a lot of time to study for the new southpaw challenger. This change in style could present a problem for the young prospect.
Mansour, a 46 year old Delaware native, is no stranger to the heavyweight division. This opportunity is something he has been waiting on to get back into the hunt for a title.
Back in 2017, he fought for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title against Sergey Kuzmin. The fight ended in a NC due to cuts both men suffered in the third round. So, this will give him a second bite at the apple. Also, being the more experienced fighter, expect Mansour to take full advantage of the situation.
Hrgovic is much less battle-worn. He will look to use his height and reach to control the tempo.
This is an even bigger test for the young challenger, as Mansour is known for being very aggressive and physical.
The fight will take place at Arena Zagreb, Zagreb on Sept 8th.
By: Garrisson Bland