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Prescott vows to take advantage of McCloskey’s many mistakes

Breidis Prescott Paul McCloskeyBy William Mackay: Breidis Prescott sat down recently and watched some of Paul McCloskey’s past fights, and came away with enough knowledge to know that McCloskey makes a ton of mistakes when he fights. Prescott plans on taking advantage of those same mistakes when he fights him this Saturday night in Northern, Ireland.

Although Prescott didn’t say precisely what those mistakes are that McCloskey has been making, it’s pretty easy to tell what they are if you watch a round or two of his recent fight against Amir Khan. McCloskey likes to fight with his hands down by his sides, and tends to pull straight back when being attacked.

He quickly runs out of real estate near the ropes and turns his head to the side, as if he trying to pull a Floyd Mayweather Jr. type move, but it only makes him look like an amateur. If he fights like this against Prescott, McCloskey will be peeled off the floor with a giant spatula and carted away. He’ll get knocked cold fighting like that against the much taller, stronger and faster Prescott.

Speaking with Sky Sports News, Prescott said “I have seen McCloskey and he makes a lot of mistakes but I don’t like to watch a lot. I’ll worry about him when I get in the ring. I will expose his mistakes, no problem…I just think I’m a much better fighter than him.”

Prescott is a lot better fighter than McCloskey. Prescott is a world class fighter, while McCloskey is more of a Dmitriy Salita and Michael Jennings type of guy in my view. He’s ranked high like those fighters once were, but without any legitimate top tier wins that would indicate that he belongs ranked highly. It certainly was convenient for Khan that both Salita and McCloskey were ranked high by the WBA in the past, because it gave Khan an excuse to get two easily title defenses for his WBA strap.

But I don’t think McCloskey is a top 20 contender in view, and I think Prescott is going to highlight that by knocking McCloskey out in front of his Irish fans this Saturday night. This is why I think the sanctioning bodies really need to be replaced with a rating organization that really knows what they’re doing in terms of ranking fighters based on actual ability instead of whatever criteria they’re now using.

Prescott said this about Khan: When I went into the ring that night against Khan, I went in with the mentality to take Amir Khan’s head off and I hit him with the right punch and I got him out of there. I thought I would break him down and then take him out, but obviously he doesn’t take that good a punch. Khan made the mistake of fighting with me and if McCloskey makes the same mistake I will be putting him to sleep too.”

I think Prescott will be putting McCloskey to sleep even if he doesn’t try and fight with him. I think Prescott is going to attack McCloskey, back him up against the ropes and tag him to the side of the head when McCloskey tries to turn away from Prescott. It’s going to be brutal.


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