News – Someone Damaging Khan-Kotelnik Fight Posters; Prescott-Vazquez on July 17th
By Sean McDaniel: According to Frankwarrentv, promoter Frank Warren feels that someone is out to sabotage Amir Khan’s July 18th bout against World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik. Many of the fight posters around Manchester, England, where the fight will be taking place, have been written on by someone, who has been attaching yellow stickers to it which say “Canceled.”
It’s unknown why a person would want to do this. It could be a number of reasons. Khan, 22, despite his success winning the Silver Medal in the 2004 Olympic games, remains a polarizing figure. He’s disliked by many boxing fans for some reason, perhaps because of the lack of quality opposition that he’s faced since turning pro in 2005.
Khan has fought to sellout crowds even against marginal opponents, whereas other British fighters that have been plying their trade for a lot longer against stiffer competition, haven’t have nearly the same kind of fan support. Warren’s son, Francis, has reportedly has made contact with officials at the M.E.N. Sport to let them know that the fight is still moving forward.
Prescott vs. Vazquez on July 17th
Unbeaten Colombian knockout artist Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KO’s) will be returning to action on July 17th against Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KO’s) in a 10-round bout at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ranked at number #4 in the World Boxing Organization lightweight division, #5 WBA and #7 in the WBC, Prescott, 26, is looking to move up to get a title shot against one of the lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez or Edwin Valero.
Recently, there were was talk of Prescott fighting Valero, the WBC lightweight champion. However, Valero nixed that idea, saying that he wanted to take on a bigger named opponent like Joel Casamayor. It’s hard to blame Valero, because he would likely make a lot more money fighting Casamayor than he would against the still relatively unknown Prescott and would have to deal with a lot less risk as well in facing Casamayor.
With the exception of Marquez, Prescott may be the best fighter in the lightweight division at this time. However, because of his huge 5’11” height and incredible punching power, not too many fighters are willing to get in the ring with him unless they absolutely have to.
Amir Khan made the mistake of fighting Prescott last year and was knocked out in the 1st round in September. While Khan has been quick to dismiss the loss as a case of him fighting the wrong kind of fight, it’s hard to see it as anything other than it was – a total mismatch.
Prescott staggered Khan with a jab in the opening seconds of the bout and then staggered and dropped Khan with a left hook. Khan looked over-matched in the fight and didn’t have the size or the chin to deal with Prescott’s incredible punching power. Khan is now moving up in weight to fight the light-hitting WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik rather than staying at lightweight and have to deal with the likes of Prescott.
Prescott followed his win over Khan with a with a 10th round disqualification victory over Humberto Toledo in February 2009. Prescott boxed beautifully in the fight, showing both power and boxing ability to get the better of Toledo.
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