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Breidis Prescott vs. Roberto Garcia tonight at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

By Scott Gilfoid: Former Amir Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will be in action tonight against 34-year-old Roberto Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Prescott, 31, weighed in on Thursday at 146.5 lbs. Garcia game in at 146.

Prescott hasn’t fought since last year in September when he beat little known Edinson Garcia by a 10 round decision. Prescott used to be a knockout artist when he fought at lightweight, but after moving up to light welterweight and now welterweight, the knockouts have dried up completely for the Colombian Prescott.

He’s now only scored one KO in the last 4 years, which is kind of incredible given that he used to be a ferocious knockout artist at lightweight. But in moving up in weight, Prescott’s power didn’t carry up with him.

Prescott knocked out Khan in the 1st round in 2008. Khan never attempted to avenge the defeat for some reason. Instead, he said that it wasn’t worth it to fight Prescott again after he was beaten by Kevin Mitchell and Miguel Vazquez in back to back fights.

Boxing fans have thought otherwise and still feel that Khan has unfinished business with Prescott from that KO. Many fans still believe that Prescott has Khan’s number and would KO him even now 6 years later.

I guess we’ll never know for sure because Khan has his own problems trying to keep his career afloat after his own back to back defeats against Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Khan hasn’t faced a quality opponent since those defeats for some reason, as he’s taken three consecutive easy opponents in Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo.

If Prescott defeats Garcia tonight, then he’s going to need to get busy fighting if he wants to make something happen with what’s left of his career. He needs to move back down to lightweight, because he doesn’t seem to belong at 147.

Garcia has faced one good opponent during his 13-year pro career and that was an over-the-hill Antonio Margarito, who soundly out-boxed Garcia by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision in 2010. Since then, Garcia has won his last 7 fights, albeit against weak 2nd tier opposition.

Here are the official weights for the card:

Roberto Garcia 146 vs. Breidis Prescott 146.5
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160
Mike Lee 178 vs. Paul Gonsalves 176
Alex Martin 148 vs. Alfred Hall 143
Jaime Sandoval 146 vs. Aaron Steadman 146
Eddie Ramirez 139.5 vs. Alexis Del Bosque 138
Jose Felix Quesada 134.8 vs. Jose Romero 135
Semajay Thomas 144.5 vs. Charon Lamour Spain 146.2

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