"I hope and pray to be fighting Tomasz Adamek. I know that my people are reaching out to his people and let me tell you, it ain't gonna be no money issue. So if Tomasz Adamek doesn't take this fight, he's not taking it because they know they don't stand a chance against Amir Mansour. And the reason why I'm going after Adamek is because all of these people got him ranked as the top contender in the world right under the Klitschkos, so that's my target...My job right now is to go after everybody in that top 10 and I'm starting with #1. I'm telling you and I said it on live TV after my fight, I want Tomasz Adamek," stated hard-hitting heavyweight contender Amir Mansour, who talked about his recent 24-second knockout victory, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: You always say that if you are who you say you are, you should take care of guys like Dominique Alexander with ease and you did; 24 seconds to be exact. Tell us about the knockout.
AM: He made the same mistake a lot of other fighters make. He tried to stand in front of me with the ear muffs stance and these guys have to realize I don't care who you are or how good you think you can block one of my punches, I can punch through that. I punch through your arms and through your gloves. You can sit there and ear muff and think you are gonna smother my punches and that just ain't gonna happen. I hit too hard for that. And that was a mistake that this guy made very early into the fight and that was it, man. I hit him a few times and he was out.
PC: What was the knockout punch or punches?
AM: Well, I went to his body because, like I said, he put both gloves to each side of his head in the ear muff fashion, so I went to his body and that was my plan, to attack his body, wear him down and then finish him. And my initial body attack, I probably landed two or three good body shots. Once he felt my power, man, he was on his bike and trying to run. I cut the ring off on him and landed another real hard body shot and then when upstairs on him, man. I landed a right hook and a left hook. The left hook really caught him and he was gone, man. He was gone.
PC: When you are coming off an extended layoff, would you have preferred to get a few rounds in or the faster the better?
AM: Hey, my trainer called the move and he knows if he calls the move and I get that move in, the guy's gone. It's a particular move that I can position myself to be able to hit an opponent with everything I got and he called that move, man. He pulled the trigger and once he called that move and I did it, if I catch the guy with that move, they are gonna go out of there. And that's what happened. As far as the amount of time spent in the ring, for me, it's really about re-introducing yourself to the crowd and getting those little jitters out and going through that motion. As far as the boxing part, for me, that all comes easy. When we see Floyd Mayweather fight in May, trust me when I tell you we ain't gonna see no ring rust. Floyd Mayweather gonna come in there in May and do his thing and by then, he will have been out right at a year and he did a little stint as well. But you not gonna see any ring rust. You know why? Because he is a professional and he is good at what he does and Amir Mansour is good at what he does.
PC: Anytime you can get a twenty-something second knockout and walk away from a fight suffering no damage is a good thing. With that being said, is the plan to have a quick turn around?
AM: Yes, yes, yes! I do have an ESPN date for April. The fight last night was on GFL and it will also be aired on Comcast Sports. I asked Tomasz Adamek to please accept my challenge. If he would fight Steve Cunningham on NBC Sports, then he should fight Amir Mansour on ESPN Friday Night Fights. And I also will ask any other major network, if they are interested in the fight, please contact us and get on board and let this Tomasz Adamek and Amir "Hardcore" Mansour fight take place in the very, very near future. And I'm talking within the next few months, not years, but the next couple of months. I hope and pray to be fighting Tomasz Adamek. I know that my people are reaching out to his people and let me tell you, it ain't gonna be no money issue. So if Tomasz Adamek doesn't take this fight, he's not taking it because they know they don't stand a chance against Amir Mansour. And the reason why I'm going after Adamek is because all of these people got him ranked as the top contender in the world right under the Klitschkos, so that's my target. It's not even realistic for me to call out the Klitschkos. They are not gonna fight me. I think one of them about to retire anyway. It's not even realistic for me to call them out, although I would like to fight either one of them. My job right now is to go after everybody in that top 10 and I'm starting with #1. I'm telling you and I said it on live TV after my fight, I want Tomasz Adamek.
PC: We have always talked about your kill or be killed mentality and we felt like that's what the division has been missing. Obviously that's still the mentality and you are just waiting for your turn.
AM: Yeah, no doubt. We are grown men, we are heavyweights, and we are going in the ring throwing punches at each other. I take that very seriously and I take it personal in there. This is business and it's not extremely personal, but at the same time, it's business, so you gotta take it personal to an extent and to a certain level because they are trying to take you out. I'm all business in the ring. I'm not gonna play with nobody because they have a few losses, because I'm not gonna play with you if you have no losses. I'm not gonna play with you period. When you climb in that ring with me, I'm going to try to get you out of there as soon as possible. Like I said to you earlier in the year and at the end of last year, if I am who I say I am, I should walk right through this guy. I think that a 24-second knockout demonstrates that.
PC: You said two things to me at the end of the year. You said 2013 was going to be your year and you said you wanted to be very active. Is that still the plan moving forward?
AM: For sure. While these guys are turning down and running from fights, which is what happened when we tried to get Seth Mitchell and some other guys...a lot of people turned us down. These guys don't want to fight me, man. Instead, they will call you up and talk to you and say I want to fight him. Let me tell you something, there is no fighter on this planet who really wants to fight another fighter that really wants to fight them that can't go to their promoter or manager and say make it happen, you understand what I'm saying? They can make it happen, man. Everybody in the top 10, trust me and mark my word, I'm going to go down that entire list and it ain't gonna be about the money because where I fight at, Dover Downs, they got another sellout crowd the other night, so the money is there. Chauncy Welliver was bragging, "Ah, they will never be able to pay me the money!" I asked him, "What's your minimum pay?" He said, "$25,000!" I said, "I will give you $35,000 to come and fight me," and you know what he did? He shut up and stopped talking, you understand! You never heard of Chauncy Welliver mentioning Amir Mansour's name no more. I will say one heavyweight that accepted my challenge on two occasions is Fres Oquendo. Fres Oquendo is willing to fight Amir Mansour and we almost made it happen for ESPN in April, but somebody over there don't want to deal with his people, and that's the only reason it didn't happen. Fres Oquendo is one of the only heavyweights in the top 15 or 20 that said, "Yes, I will fight this guy." And his people said yes they will take the fight, so hats off to Fres Oquendo. He was willing to get in there and rock with me, but these other dudes don't want to fight, man. They don't want to fight. I was the NABO champ last year. Johnathon Banks took the belt from Seth Mitchell. Why are y'all fighting again because if anybody was deserving of a rematch, Seth Mitchell should have gave Chazz Witherspoon a rematch. If Seth Mitchell deserves a rematch, why didn't Chazz Witherspoon get a rematch? Now they gonna fight again and I believe Seth is going to go down because Seth Mitchell cannot take no punch. He can't take a punch. All Johnathon gotta do is land the damn punch and he's going back out. This kid took too many hits to the head already, point blank. And of course Seth Mitchell's people will never, ever, you mark my words, fight me. I hit about 20 times harder than Johnathon Banks, literally. They are not going to fight Amir Mansour. We won't even talk about Seth Mitchell anymore.
PC: I'm following the journey my man. It's been a fascinating ride with ups and downs, but I think it will be all good at the end of it. Is there anything else you want to add?
AM: I said it after the fight and I thank the fans. For all of those people to come out and buy every single ticket with standing room only, and it was snowing, man. They figured that a lot of people would not show up because of the snow, but it was sold out with standing room only. That's the type of movement I have behind me down there at Dover Downs and we just wanna keep moving forward. I'm going to keep fighting and I'm going to keep busy this year, but make no mistake about it, I'm going to keep putting these jokers on blast every chance I get, starting off in 2013 with Tomasz Adamek. You can't say it wouldn't be a good fight between me and him and you can't say that the American public, who are boxing fans of ours, wouldn't want to see. Tomasz Adamek in 2013 is the first one on my list and I'm checking them all the way down until somebody says, "Yeah, I will fight him." We starting with Tomasz Adamek and I got my fingers crossed and I'm hoping and praying that his people accept my challenge. And of course I gotta thank you brothers at FightHype for all of the continuous support you guys have been showing me, man.
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