Prescott Dominates Jargal
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof & Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photography By Emily Harney
A determined and dedicated Breidis Prescott methodically battered, jabbed, and landed solid combinations on his opponent Bayan Jargal defeating him with a convincing unanimous decision in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, handing Jargal only the second loss of his professional career. All three judges scored the bout in Prescott’s favor by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. Prescott, fighting out of Columbia, worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal, originally from Mongolia, had no answer to Prescott’s movement and hand speed. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) landed early in the first round landed with some wide hooks on Jargal. He then landed a right and left hook that stunned Jargal so much so that he was stumbling around the ring at the end of the first round.
Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs) began the second round as he threw punches that Prescott was able to slip and move away from. Prescott continued to land the better power punches early in the fight and at one point it appeared that he was looking to put Jargal away. Jargal threw a left hook at the end of the second but there was no power behind it.
After landing a flurry to the body of Jargal, Prescott settled down and began landing his jab with great frequency. He used his jab to open up other offensive opportunities, including a solid left to the body and right hook to the head of Jargal that sent him reeling back once again.
Prescott continued to land his jab and throw hooks at Jargal, whose eye began to swell badly in the middle rounds of the fight. No matter how hard the punches or the frequency that Prescott threw at his opponent, Jargal continued to press forward and throw, land sometimes, and attempt to counter Prescott, although mainly unsuccessful.
Prescott was asked after the fight if he had anticipated that Jargal was going to come straight forward at him throughout the fight. Through his trainer and interpreter Tony Gonzalez, Prescott said, “Yeah he fought exactly like I had expected him to that he was going to come straight forward. I was expecting that but as you could see I kept him at bay with my jab and I kept moving side to side on him.”
In the later rounds of the fight, rather than come forward into his opponent’s offense, Jargal began to let Prescott come to him. Jargal’s eye was almost swollen shut but he continued to trade punches with his opponent. Prescott continued to work and slip away from Jargal’s sometimes wild punches.
Jargal continued to change up his attack in rounds eight and nine. Prescott was still able to adjust. Prescott countered Jargal well during most of their exchanges. “I saw a lot of videos of his fights. Basically I had to open up my jab so that I could open up another point of attack and that is pretty much how I kept him all night,” said Prescott afterwards.
In the final round, with both fighters throwing with everything they had at each other, Prescott continued to land first, land with power, and was able to continue to slip away from Jargal’s counter. When the final bell rang, the judges scored the bout a near shutout for Prescott.
After the bout, Prescott was asked if he was surprised by Jargal’s chin and determination. He responded by saying, “I landed a lot of good shots and he was able to sustain my power. It is surprising but he does have a very good chin.”
When asked who he would like to fight next, Prescott said, “I am just expecting from my promotion and management team to come up with my big fight. Hopefully, if it is not Amir Kahn then anyone of the title holders right now. Then we will take it from there.” – Scott Ploof
Andrade Rings Omar’s Bell
23 year old Providence junior middleweight and 2008 Olympian, Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade continued his winning ways and kept his perfect record intact as he battered his opponent, Omar Bell over two rounds finally stopping him with a short left to the body of his opponent at 1:31 of the second round. “Basically I angled off to the right, straight left to the body and then up with the hook. I kept going back to it and landed it without issue,” said Andrade after the win.
Bell fell to the canvas and made it up to one knee, however he was unable to get to his feet before referee Dick Flaherty reached the count of ten. With the victory, Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs) scored the ninth knockout of his professional career, while at the same time he handed Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) only the second defeat of his young career.
After the bout Andrade was asked if he expected more out of Bell. “You know in the first round I was a little anxious so I had to relax myself but I really wasn’t worried about what he was doing. I was just trying to settle in myself and pick the opening,” said Andrade
“I was not so surprised tonight,” said Andrade when asked if he was surprised to have scored the knockout with a left body shot. “We have been working on looping the body. The left to the body, or the head, depending upon if my opponent is ducking down low enough or not. I have been sitting down on it and it paid off tonight. I do have a nice short left and I wasn’t surprised that it stopped him because that is what we have been working on, and you don’t have to work hard sometimes to knock someone out.”
When asked if he would have liked to get more rounds in under his belt, Andrade said, “If the work is there then yes, but if not I am in and out. I have got years of doing this boxing thing so why do all of the work now, if I can get them out of there early.”
Some people have been critical about some of the opponents Andrade has faced up to this point in his career. He was asked what he would say to his critics.
Andrade responded by saying, “I just work hard to do what I have to do, and my promoters and my matchmakers handle that part of boxing. Basically I tell them to get the guy who has the best record that is ready to step up and fight me. Nobody out there at the same level of their career as I am is willing to put their record up against mine. Right now I am at (12-0), who else is out there that is (12-0) and looking to fight someone that is undefeated? We try to get whoever wants to step up to the plate and will fight anyone that is able to help us advance my career.” – Scott Ploof
Rooney Shuts Out Navarro
Star Boxing Publicist Kevin Rooney Jr. traded in his pen and paper for a pair of gloves as he made his pro debut a successful one. He scored an entertaining four round unanimous decision over a very game Dave Navarro.
Rooney Jr., son of trainer Kevin Rooney, knocked Navarro down in the first round with a solid left hook. Navarro beat the count, and Rooney went in for the kill. Navarro however showed tremendous heart and was able to survive the onslaught.
In the second round, Rooney landed a counter left that sent Navarro back to the canvas, but again his opponent was able to beat the count. Rooney continued to land shots throughout the bout as Navarro showed his gameness, and was able to land some solid shots of his own.
In the end, Rooney's speed and power were too much for Navarro to overcome, as Rooney went on to win the shutout decision by scores of 40-34 on all three score cards. Rooney improves to (1-0), while Navarro falls to (0-3). – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Hanks Stops Nelson
Heavyweight Joe Hanks remained undefeated in his sixteenth professional bout as his opponent Terrell Nelson retired on his stool after the end of round four.
Hanks (16-0, 11 KOs) controlled the bout and was able to land solid shots throughout the fight, but showed a good chin as he took most of Nelson shots in stride.
In the second round, Hanks landed a hard right hand that was ruled a knockdown as Nelson was held up by the ropes. Most of Hanks’ damage was done while his opponent was on the ropes. He landed several hard shots with Nelson trapped up against them. After the fourth round, Nelson decided he had enough, and did not come out for round five. In defeat, Nelson falls to (8-12, 5 KOs). – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Cobbs Stops Lavin
Burlington, VT’s Kevin Cobbs (1-0, 1 KO) scored the first knockout of his professional career in his very first pro fight. Cobbs knocked down the previously unbeaten Nicholas Lavin (2-1, 2 KOs) twice in the first round, with the second knockdown being the last of the fight. Referee Steve Smoger after the second knockdown immediately stopped the bout giving Cobbs the first round TKO victory at 1:30. – Scott Ploof
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