Photos: Amir Mansour vs Frederic Kassi Weigh In

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Mansour & Kassi
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events

Amir Mansour
Fred Kassi
20-1, 15 KOs
18-2, 10 KOs
Wilmington, DE
New Orleans, LA
232 lbs / Red & Black Trunks
233 lbs / Green & Black Trunks

 

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Mikhaylenko & Cruz
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events 
 
Dmitry Mikhaylenko
Ronald Cruz
17-0, 6 KOs
20-4, 15 KOs
Gelendzhik, Russia
Bethlehem, PA
152.5 lbs / White Trunks
153 lbs / Orange Trunks
 

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Lepikhin & Junior
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events 
 
 
Vasily Lepikhin
Jackson Junior
16-0, 9 KOs
15-1, 13 KOs
Gelendzhik, Russia
Sao Paulo, Brazil
175 lbs / White Trunks
175.5 lbs / Blue Trunks
 

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Caramanno & Caroll 
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events 
 
 
Anthony Caramanno
Omar Caroll
2-0
0-3-1
Staten Island, NY
Philadelphia, PA
123 lbs / Blue & Silver Trunks
123.5 lbs / Black & Gold Trunks
 

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Prescott & Trujillo 
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events 
 
 
Anthony Prescott
Arturo Trujillo
5-3-2, 2 KOs
5-0, 3 KOs
Cherry Hill, NJ
Easton, PA
Black & White Trunks
Grey Trunks
 

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Valliere & Navarro
Photo Credits: Larry Levanti/Main Events 
 
Nick Valliere
David Navarro
2-0, 2 KOs
1-6
Forked River, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
158 lbs / Black & Yellow Trunks
158.5 lbs / White Trunks
 
 
About Nov. 8 at Sands:
The November 8 special triple header edition of NBCSN Fight Night will take place at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA and will feature a ten-round heavyweight match-up between Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Frederic “Big Fred” Kassi, a ten-round welterweight match-up between Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko and Ronald Cruz and a ten-round light heavyweight match-up between Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin and Jackson “Demolidor” Junior. Tickets are $75 and $50 and available through ticketmaster.com, peltzbxing.com and the Sands box office. The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, German Titov Boxing Promotions, in association with Joe Hand Promotions and BAM Boxing. The special triple header telecast of NBCSN Fight Night will begin at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT.

NBCSN Fight Night November 8 Triple-Header Scouting Report

Bethlehem, PA: The Nov. 8 special triple-header edition of NBCSN Fight Night at Sands has the ingredients to be one of the most entertaining and action-packed fight cards of 2014. The event will feature a pair of the heavyweight division’s heaviest hitters, as well as rising prospects from both the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions.

The main event for 2014’s final edition of NBCSN Fight Night will feature two heavyweights with plenty to prove in a suddenly wide-open division. Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Fred “Big Fred” Kassi will collide in the scheduled 10-round main event.

Mansour (20-1-0, 15 KOs), 42, is an aggressive, hard-hitting heavyweight with knockout power in both hands. Every punch thrown by Mansour has bad intentions and he will look to put them on full display when he battles the tough Fred Kassi. Twelve of Mansour’s 15 knockouts came in the 1st or 2nd round. In his most recent bout, the Philadelphia native came up short against former cruiserweight titleholder and current heavyweight contender Steve Cunningham – despite knocking Cunningham down twice – in a Fight of the Year candidate.

Kassi (18-2-0, 10 KOs), 35, is a New Orleans, LA native who is looking to make a name for himself. A professional since 2003, Kassi has ten career knockout victories, with none of those opponents making it past the third round. He has a puncher’s style, with power in both hands, and aims to deliver a knockout blow to the equally heavy-hitting Mansour. “Big Fred” is coming off of two consecutive knockout wins, with one of those wins coming against former super middleweight title contender Rubin Williams.

The middle bout of the triple-header will feature a 10-round welterweight contest between Dmitry Mikhaylenko out of Gelendzhik, Russia, and Bethlehem, PA’s Ronald Cruz. This bout might steal the show, as both of these fighters like to come forward in hopes of breaking down their opponents physically.

Undefeated Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko, (17-0-0, 6 KOs), 28, is an overwhelming puncher who has the ability to tire out his opponents with his limitless punch count. He likes to smother his opponents with non-stop bodywork in a vigorous, in-your-face attack.

Ronald Cruz, (20-4-0, 15 KOs), 28, has been in the ring with much tougher opposition than his opponent Mikhaylenko. Cruz is an offensive fighter, similar to his opponent, who likes to throw a lot of punches and will not hesitate to engage with anybody. Cruz will be competing in front of his hometown in Bethlehem, PA for the 9th time in his career, where he has posted a record of 5-3.

The Nov. 8 telecast will kick-off with a 10-round light heavyweight contest between the undefeated WBO #10 ranked contender Vasiliy Lepikhin and knockout-artist Jackson Junior.

Vasiliy “The Professor” Lepikhin (16-0-0, 9 KOs), 29, made his professional debut in 2005 and has steamrolled his opposition since, utilizing his 74″ reach and powerful combinations to earn himself a spot in the WBO and WBA rankings. His previous four bouts all ended in knockouts for “The Professor”, including his last fight when he burst onto the US boxing scene by easily dismantling knockout artist Robert “The Butcher” Berridge in five rounds.

Jackson “Demolidor” Junior, (15-0-1, 13 KOs), 28, is a Brazilian boxer who is no stranger to finishing fights. He has 13 career knockouts wins, with 10 of those knockouts occurring between the 1st and 3rd rounds. Junior has a powerful right hand and likes to walk his opponents down, in hopes of forcing them to engage with him.

“Demolidor” narrowly avoided his first defeat in early 2013 when he was stopped by WBC #2 light heavyweight contender Umberto Savigne, but the bout was later ruled a no contest because of a post-fight drug test that was failed by Savigne.

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva had this to say about the triple-header, “The Mansour-Kassi fight is a throwback to the heavyweights of the past. Mansour fights every fight like his life depends on it and I have no doubt that Kassi will be ready for a dogfight. Mikhaylenko-Cruz is a dream fight for fans. These two guys have similar styles – their defense is their offense. Lepikhin is a fighter to watch after coming to the US and dominating a highly-regarded and ranked contender in Robert Berridge. He could be something special, but he has to get by a very hard-hitting Jackson Junior first.”

Amir Mansour and Frederic Kassi Collide on Nov. 8 Triple Header on NBCSN Fight Night

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Amir “Hardcore” Mansour
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events 

Bethlehem, PA:     Heavyweight powerhouse Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) headlines the final Fight Night edition of 2014 with a ten-round heavyweight battle against Frederic “Big Fred” Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) on Nov. 8 live from Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The Mansour-Kassi match-up will serve as the main event on a triple header edition of Fight Night. Tickets are on sale now.
 
This will be the third Fight Night appearance for Mansour, the Southpaw from Philadelphia, PA who lost a narrow decision in a Fight of the Year candidate to Steve “USS” Cunningham in his last Fight Night appearance on Apr. 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia.
 

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“Hardcore” Mansour
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events

“If a guy sits there and bangs out with me, he’s going down,” said a confident Mansour. “I just go in there with the mindset that whoever my opponent is they are going to fight the best fight they ever fought against me so that’s what I prepare for. Whoever it is, I’m prepared for them to come out to be their best.”
 
Mansour is trained by Howard “Moses” Mosely who said, “From what I gather, [Fred Kassi] is a slick-type of boxer with a lot of slick moves and can give anybody problems, but he’s not going to give Amir any problems with the way I’m training him.”
 
Joe Hand, Sr., Mansour’s manager, added, “We’re anxious to fight this guy. Amir feels he has the power to take care of Fred Kassi. After his last fight with Steve Cunningham, we were finding it hard to find opponents because of Amir’s knockout power, so we welcome this match-up against Kassi. Top-ranked fighters refuse to take a fight with Amir. With Amir’s style against Kassi’s, we expect him to take care of business.”
 
 

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Fred Kassi
Photo Courtesy of:
Matt Nussbaum

Kassi hails from Cameroon, Africa and now resides in New Orleans, where he assisted with the recovery of the New Orleans community after the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He has never been stopped and 10 of his 18 wins (55.5%) have been by way of knockout.
 
Mansour may be the favorite, but Kassi isn’t intimidated: “I like being the underdog, it motivates me, whenever I was told I couldn’t do something, I did it,” explained Kassi. “I have nothing but respect for Amir Mansour. He’s a big hitter and comes out swinging. I understand the challenge and look forward to showing the boxing world what I’m about. This is going to be a great fight.”
 

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Vasily Lepikhin
Photo Credits:
Rich Graessle/Main Events
 
 
The telecast will kick off a big night of boxing at at 8:30 PM ET with a ten-round showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights, Russian Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) and Brazilian Jackson Junior (15-0, 13 KOs).
 
The current WBO Oriental and PABA Light Heavyweight Champion Vasily Lepikhin, 29, is coming off a fifth round TKO over Robert Berridge in his Fight Night debut in August where he earned both titles and impressed many viewers with his skill and power. He said, “I am very excited to be back fighting in United States. This is going to be my second fight on NBCSN and I am looking forward to another victory.”
 
Brazilian Jackson Junior, known as “Demolidor” in the ring, has an outstanding knockout-to-win ratio (13 of 15 for 87%). He impressed many in his U.S. debut in January 2013 when he scored a first round KO of former U.S. Olympian, Dante Craig. Jackson said, “I am thrilled to be fighting in the USA again and grateful for this opportunity.. I know my opponent is good and will be ready to give a good fight. My goal is to win this fight and get my rhythm, stay active and win a world Championship for Brazil and for me.”
 
 

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Dmitry Mikhaylenko
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
 
The middle bout features ten-rounds of welterweight action between undefeated Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs) of Russia and Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs) of Ghana.
 
This will be the first Fight Night appearance for Mikhaylenko, 28. Dmitry made his US debut last month with an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Sechew Powell in Atlantic City, NJ after which he signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events and German Titov Promotions. “I am very happy to be back with Main Events and fighting on NBCSN,” said Dmitry. “I will do my best to show to my fans what I am capable of in the ring.”

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Emmanuel Lartey
Photo Courtesy of: Final Forum Promotions 

Emmanuel Lartey, known as “Ice Cold”, hails from Ghana, Africa and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is a dynamic southpaw fighter who has drawn many positive comparisons to Ghana’s greatest boxer, Azumah Nelson. “My goal is to be a world champion and a victory on Nov. 8 gets me one step closer to accomplishing that goal. I’m working very hard to ensure my arm is raised as the victor on Nov. 8,” said Lartey.
  
Lartey is managed by Sidney Martinez Jr. who added, “We understand that fighting Dmitry Mikhaylenko is no easy task and will be prepared to go a strong ten rounds in order to pull off a decisive victory. Lartey has made many sacrifices and traveled a long way from his native Ghana to get this opportunity and will show the boxing world that he belongs within the upper echelon of his division.”
 
Both Mikhaylenko and Lepikhin are co-promoted by German Titov Promotions. German Titov said, “I would like to thank Main Events for giving us another opportunity to showcase these two very hot Russian prospects, Lepikhin and Mikhaylenko, who are fighting here in United States. We have no doubt these fighters will deliver a good performance.”
 
Both Russian fighters are also managed by Egis Klimas, the same manager who advises WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev. Egis added, “It is my pleasure to represent both of these fighters here back in the United States and I am sure they will do a good job in the ring on Nov. 8.”
 
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “Saturday, November 8th will be a huge night for boxing. This card, featuring three bouts and six fighters that have a combined record of 103-5 with 61 knockouts between them and not a single stoppage loss, is a perfect way to start the night early at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. I expect all of the winners, and perhaps even some of the losers, to go on to much bigger fights from their start here, as we’ve come to expect from Fight Night.”