By Ian Shalapata
(DETROIT, MI) – In front of such boxing luminaries at Thomas The Hitman Hearns, Windsor’s own Ali Mansour fought his way to a six-round unanimous decision against Damon McCreary. The judges’ points gave Mansour his first title belt; the WMBA Heavyweight Championship.
It was a packed house at the Motor City Casino’s Sound Board to watch a nine-fight card, last night. And judging by the yells from the audience, most were assembled to cheer on Mansour in his quest for the title belt.
From the opening bell, both fighters were tentative in their approach, preferring to look for each other’s weaknesses. As the bout progressed, the clutching and holding became more pronounced as both Mansour and McCreary displayed their fatigue.
As the rounds began to progress, it was apparent that Mansour had met one of his tougher opponents. Used to KO’ing his adversaries in the opening frame, it wasn’t until the 3rd round that Mansour began to wear down his Detroit challenger. Twice he had McCreary on the ropes, and then in the 6th, Mansour knocked Damon’s mouth guard to the canvass.
The large group of supporters were not disappointed when the words, “…still undefeated…” were pronounced immediately before Mansour’s name, by ring announcer Kara Ro. The title win extends Mansour’s record to 17-0 while now McCreary drops to 15-3.
During the post-fight interview, Mansour said he will now take some time off to spend time with his family, but says he’s looking forward to getting back into the ring to defend his heavyweight title.
Fight video highlights courtesy of WE-TV.ca; Host Kara Ro, camera Alex Flammia, editor Kristina Stojkovski.