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Prescott:One win closer to his goal?
Before the Prescott-Jargal tussle, Demetrius Andrade fought Omar Bell. Andrade is a past Olympian but the biggest criticism was that Team Andrade has not put their young charge against tougher opponents and most of his opponents at this point have been tomato cans or the barely living. For a fighter with his amateur pedigree, the time to improve this level of competition is coming soon. As ESPN Ted Atlas observed, Bell was not the caliber of fighter to challenge and test Andrade. It didn’t take long for this point to be proven right.
In the opening bout, Andrade pursued and Bell retreated. As Atlas quipped, Andrade moved six inches forward and Bell 10 inches back, the result being many of Andrade’s punches were short. This changed in the second round as Andrade adjusted his attack and those lefts that were missing, started to hit their targets. On the last exchange, Bell ducked a Andrade right only to it with a solid left that sent him to the ground for a knockout.
Kevin Rooney, Jr. took a break from his PR job to fight a four rounder as he out slugged David Navarro, knocking Navarro down twice and winning an easy decision. (Rooney seemed to adapt the hard charging style that personify his father, who helped trained Mike Tyson early in his career.)
Prescott made his appearance and went after Jargal with each punch designed to stop Jargal. Prescott used his jab and set down on his punch as he unloaded one right after another for the first three rounds. Jargal own strategy appeared to be block Prescott right hand with his head as he consistently had is left hand down and Prescott obliged as he kept hitting his target.
Ted Atlas observed that Prescott knockouts mostly happened in the first three rounds and sure enough after the fourth round, Prescott changed his strategy. He boxed and move, utilizing his jab as Jargal pursued him, ineffectually. Jargal often failed to cut off the ring and on those moments that he managed to trap Prescott on the rope, Prescott would unleashed his jab and box his way off the rope.
In the seventh round, Jargal finally connected on some solid combinations but he kept getting hit by Prescott piston jab, which managed to swell up both of Jargal’s eyes.
This pattern continued into the eighth and ninth round but Prescott had an easy lead on the scorecard and Jargal had one hope. Get Prescott in to the fire fight and nail him with a left hook. Prescott best punch was his right hand and Jargal best punch was his left hook but throughout most of the bout, Jargal failed to connect with his left hook.
Jargal needed to knock Prescott out and in the tenth and final round, he went after Prescott. Prescott did hold his ground in the opening minutes but after that point, he played four corner as he moved while Jargal chased. Jargal may have won the round but he was so far behind that it didn’t matter.
The judges gave almost every round to Prescott and Prescott looked impressive against a tough opponent who fought as a welterweight and junior welterweight most of his career. Prescott showed the ability to box and he also showed the wiliness to set down on his punches. He has the power to knock out any junior welterweights and boxing skills to befuddle many of the top ten. Plus, he has shown he can beat Amir Khan, one of the best junior welterweights.