Boxer Breidis Prescott’s Dilemma

Breidis Prescott, a Colombian now fighting out of Miami, Florida, looked as unstoppable on the night of April 22, 2011, at Mohegan Sun Arena as the German army did in 1940.  Specifically, his opponent, Bayan Jargal, a tough boxer from Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, now fighting in this country, stood up to a terrible, one sided battering from Prescott.  Despite getting hit by virtually every punch in the book, he continued to press forward in the hope of catching the rangy Colombian.  He was unable to do so.

Although Prescott boxes as a light welterweight, he is 5′ 11″ tall and would be considered very tall for this weight category.  Additionally, he has a long, sinewy reach and tremendous speed – two extremely valuable assets for a boxer to possess.  This writer was standing close to him as he was being interviewed by a Spanish news team after his win and was impressed at how physically formidable he looked.  He appears to have the perfect fighter’s build.  I am sure that British hot shot Amir Khan would agree with this assessment and will want no part of him in the future.

Khan was on a fast track for boxing super star status until he ran into Prescott on September 6, 2008, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.  He was knocked out in less than a minute of the first round to the shock and dismay of the thousands of Englishmen in attendance and to the huge United Kingdom television audience.  Khan went from being a blue chip stock with a multi million dollar earning potential to that of another British pugilist with a suspect chin.

To date, Khan has adroitly dodged every attempt to give Prescott a rematch.  In fact, a recent comment by Khan indicated that he considered Prescott “unfit” to meet him.  This pronouncement was met with a roll of the eyes by the boxing community.

Surprisingly, Khan is rated number two by Ring in the magazine’s June 2011, issue and Prescott is not even in their top ten.  This rating is undoubtedly based on two post Khan losses that Prescott suffered at the hands of Mexican fighter Miguel Vazquez in Las Vegas on July 17, 2009, and to Englishman Kevin Mitchell in Newcastle, UK, on December 5, 2009.  He rebounded from these defeats with a third round TKO win at Madison Square Garden in May 2010, and a unanimous points decision in Chicago in August 2010.

Having a winning boxing record is largely a function of being matched with the right opponents.  Amir Khan was a photogenic, handsome, personable, bankable, British media darling until he ran into a punching whirlwind named Breidis Prescott.  Knowledgeable boxing types know that making a fight between these two would generate a great deal of interest (and money).  Unfortunately, it probably will not happen.  As Prescott was leaving the ring, this non Spanish speaking reporter was holding a media microphone and stopped the non English speaking Prescott.  I merely said the name Amir Khan.  Prescott responded with, “Him chicken”.  All within earshot began laughing.

Ed Campbell
Campbell Boxing Report