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Prescott defeats Jargal, Andrade stops Bell, Rooney defeats Navarro

By Jim Dower: Former Amir Khan destroyer light welterweight contender Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KO’s) easily beat Mongolian Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs) in an impressive one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. The final judges’ scores were 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. Prescott landed a lot of really heavy shots in the first six rounds of the fight. To Jargal’s credit, he took the shots well by turning his head with the punches.

Jargal started coming on in the 7th, bulling Prescott up against the ropes and landing short punches. Prescott, when recognized that he wasn’t going to be able to knock Jargal out, he changed his game plan from slugging to using his jab and movement to box his way to a decision. Prescott continued to mix in big power shots but Jargal wasn’t bothered by the punches and continued to press the attack and try to get Prescott into an inside war on the ropes. Prescott remained disciplined and continued to move and jab to win an easy decision.

Prescott, 27, is still trying to make a case for himself that he deserves a rematch with Khan after losing two fights in the past couple of years to Miguel Vazquez and Kevin Mitchell. Khan said that he would fight him at some point to try and avenge his knockout loss to Prescott but it will have to wait until Khan faces Timothy Bradley in July, and perhaps even longer than that.

In the undercard, unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (13-0, 9 KO’s) destroyed a badly over-matched Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KO’s) in a 2nd round TKO. Andrade, 23, a 2008 Olympian for the U.S., knocked Bell down with a left hand to the midsection. Bell was unable to get to his feet in time and the bout was halted at 1:31 by referee Dick Flaherty. This was a much better performance by the 6’1″ Andrade compared to his last bout against lberto Herrera in January. Andrade looked sloppy and amateurish in that fight and seemed to struggle when he was unable to knock the game Herrera out early.

Making his pro debut, junior middleweight Kevin Rooney (1-0) won a four unanimous decision over David Navarro (0-3). Rooney knocked Navarro down two times in the fight, dropping him in the 1st and then another time in the 2nd round from big left hand shots. However, Navarro got up each time and was able to hang with Rooney until the very end of the fight. The final judges’ scores were 40-34, 40-34, and 40-34.

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