Hard-punching Colombian fighter Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) continued his comeback on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights (August 6) with a unanimous decision win over Harrison Cuello (19-12-3).
Prescott tested Cuello’s durability in the early rounds with hard hooks to the head and body. Cuello was wobbled several times but stayed upright.
The middle rounds produced little fireworks as Cuello’s southpaw stance started to produce head clashes and awkward clinches. Cuello also attempted to throw Prescott off his game plan with roughhouse tactics. In the fifth, Cuello bloodied Prescott’s mouth with a hard headbutt.
Down the stretch, Prescott easily outboxed Cuello and occasionally mixed in hard hooks and uppercuts to keep Cuello at bay. The final scorecards for the bout read 98-91 and 99-90 twice. It is Prescott’s second consecutive win since losing back to back decisions in 2009 to Miguel Vazquez and Kevin Mitchell.
At press time Prescott is rumored to be taking a stay-busy fight in Panama next Saturday (August 14).
On the undercard Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez broke prospect Prenice Brewer with a relentless body attack and scored a TKO stoppage in the 2nd. Brewer did not protest as he draped his arms over the top rope and bowed his head in attempt to regain his breath. The stoppage was his first loss and dropped him to 15-1-1, 6 KOs. The 32-year-old Lopez improves his record to 19-2, 12 KOs.
The fight of the night went to Antonio Avila (3-1, 1 KO) and Russell Fiore (4-0-1, 4KOs), who battled to a draw over four intense rounds. Fiore dropped Avila in the first with an overhand right. He was on his way to victory until Avila scored his own knockdown with the same punch in the final round. Fiore fell into ropes and used them to keep himself up, prompting the ref to correctly call the knockdown. Scores for the fight read 38-36 Avila and 37-37 twice for the majority draw.
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In a battle of unbeaten bantamweights, underdog Chris Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs) scored a huge upset by scoring a split decision win over highly regarded prospect Chris Avalos (16-1, 13 KOs).
Martin, who’s fought as high as super featherweight, fought on even terms early on with Avalos. He used a stiff left jab and hook to prevent Avalos from bullying him as he’s done previous opponents. In addition, Martin was constantly giving lateral movement to prevent the power-punching Avalos from getting set.
From the fifth round on Martin took complete control. With no fear of Avalos’ punching power, Martin began to time him in exchanges with left hooks and straight right hands.
Avalos was lost, and could get no constructive advice from his father/trainer except to push more because they were losing.
Martin punctuated his performance by a hard left hook that wobbled Avalos in the closing seconds of the 10th.
Scores were 98-92 Martin, 98-94 Avalos and 97-93 Martin for a split decision. The SD was in name only, as Avalos arguably did not win a single round following the fifth.
The victory adds to Chris Martin’s PR win before the fight. Going off of Avalos’ “Hitman” nickname, Martin christened himself “Maravella” (“Marvelous”) after Marvin Hagler, who scored a famous KO over Tommy “Hitman” Hearns in 1985.
On the undercard Nigerian cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a corner stoppage over Alfredo Escalera, Jr (18-3-1, 12 KOs).
Although the fight was mired by a lot of clinching from Escalera, it was Kayode managed to land clean punches every round. The Freddie Roach trained prospect worked the body consistently, particularly with hard uppercuts and hooks.
With less than 30 seconds in the eighth, Kayode landed a hard right uppercut to the body followed by a whiplash left hook to the head for a knockdown. Escalera beat the count and ate a few more hooks before the bell sounded.
In the corner Escalera advised referee Joe Cortez that he’d had enough, resulting in the TKO win for Kayote.
Roach said before the fight that he is very high on the 27-year-old and expects him to be one of his future champions.
“He’s developing really, really fast,” Roach explained on the telecast. “In the last six months he’s managed to go from a raw strong kid to a very good boxer who’s learning the sweet science.”
Roach hopes to secure a title shot for Kayode by the end of this year or early 2011.