Saturday, 14 December 2013 18:51

Amir Mansour and David Rodriguez: Undefeated American KO artists make their network debut

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Unbeaten Heavyweights, Amir Mansour (19-0, 14 KOs) and David Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) compete on NBC Sports Network at 8PM EST tonight, in separate bouts against Kelvin Price and Darnell Wilson respectively at the Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Competing in the main event of the evening, Mansour recognizes the scheduled ten round contest with Price as a golden opportunity to support his claim as "the hardest puncher in boxing".

(Main pic courtesy of Rich Graessle of Main Events)


After surviving years of incarceration and overcoming personal adversity, this could be his last chance to turns some heads in his direction at 41 years of age.

"A lot of people in boxing have stories of their own, getting through trials and tribulations," explains Amir Mansour.

"I've had a rough road to get to this point. Eight and a half years in prison, honestly, 16 years and 7 months altogether in prison, almost half my life."

"So nobody is going to get in that ring with me and deny me of any opportunity that I've been working hard half of my life for...I didn't grow up playing basketball or football, I grew up fighting. That's what I do."


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"I've been in ten by ten cells, fighting guys with knives. So no man with gloves on is going to deny me of any opportunity that boxing can give me. If he ain't got no 9mm, no shotgun in that ring, there's no stopping me."


"On Saturday night it'll be intensity, it'll be 'Hardcore' Mansour at his best, doing what I do."

Heavyweight David "El Nino" Rodriguez will also make his long awaited return to the ring after being jumped by six men and almost stabbed to death on December 29th, 2011. The knock-out artist from El Paso, Texas, will appear in a scheduled six round swing bout against hard punching fight veteran Darnell "Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson.

The unbeaten 36 year old fighter is relieved to be fighting again.


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"This is my first fight back in two years," admits David Rodriguez. "I was almost murdered, I almost lost my life, and I came back from that and it took a long hard road to do that..."


"It's a very emotional time for me to come back after two years of a lot of depression, a lot of hardship, a really rough road."

"And to make my appearance again is a blessing; to have a second chance at life again is a blessing. I just want to thank everybody for coming out. I'm going to put on a show for you all."

Also appearing on the fight card will be Ryan Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) and Lionell Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs), facing off in the co-main event of the evening. The two Light Heavyweight prospects will be competing in a scheduled ten round contest for advancement in one of the hottest divisions in boxing.

Doors open at 5PM. First bout slated for 5:25PM. The main event and co-feature will be televised on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night, December 14th, 8 - 10PM ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will live stream Fight Night on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra

The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.