Amir Mansour 232 lbs beat Fred Kassi 233 lbs by KO at 2:17 in round 7 of 10
- Date: 2014-11-08
- Location: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- Referee: Gary Rosato
- Judge: Bernard Bruni
- Judge: Ron McNair
- Judge: Tom Schreck
- Clean bout with no fouls, refereed by top flight Pennsylvania referee Gary Rosato. Heavyweight Kassi, unknown in the American Northeast, came in in top condition with a puncher's chance looking to score an upset over Mansour. Main event broadcast on NBC Sports via Main Events and Peltz Promotions.
- In a somewhat mysterious heavyweight bout televised on NBC Sports Network, unknown 18-2 Fred Kassi of Cameroon tried to score an upset. Kassi, a heavyweight unseen on any fight footage, confused the hell out of world class heavyweight contender Amir Mansour for nearly seven rounds. Kassi, who appeared in top condition and who came ready to fight, was not intimidated by Mansour's hard punching reputation. Kassi came in with a game plan, and continued switching back and forth from orthodox to southpaw stance and then back again. Mansour appeared totally confused, and got stung a number of times by Kassi's hard counters. In addition, Kassi succeeded in slipping Mansour's wild power shots which had evil intent. Kassi had no problem taking the fight to the inside with Mansour and counterpunching during inside heated even exchanges, Finally, Mansour saw an opening with Kassi on the ropes. A Mansour counter right hook pitched Kassi face first to the canvas, knocked out. Kassi was on the mat for awhile, but eventually recovered. Exciting bout while it lasted. For sure, Kassi a far better than his BoxRec rating. It wasn't that Kassi was a better fighter, but was a smart fighter with a game plan.