Former lightweight contender Breidis Prescott continued his comeback from back-to-back decision losses in 2009 with a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Bayan Jargal on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.
Prescott (24-2, 19 knockouts), who out-pointed Jargal by scores of 100-90-, 99-90, and 99-91, is best known for his shocking first-round KO of current junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan in September of 2008. The 10-round Friday Night Fights main event was the third consecutive victory for the 27-year-old Colombian, who desperately seeks a lucrative return bout with Khan.
Prescott didn’t make the kind of statement against Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs), a tough-but-limited Mongolian brawler, that would merit title shot against Khan, but rangy puncher boxed well enough to be considered a fringe contender at 140 pounds.
The forward-marching Jargal was considered a tailor-made opponent for the heavy handed Prescott but it wasn’t the Miami-based Colombian’s power that controlled the bout, it was his footwork and combination punching.
Jargal couldn’t cope with Prescott’s lateral movement and higher punch output. The 29-year-old Virginia-based Mongolian followed Prescott around the ring, lobbing one punch at a time, while the Colombian out-punched and outmaneuvered him.
Prescott worked his jab, landed countless right crosses and hooks, and choice body shots. He also kept his hands up and blocked punches well.
Jargal, a prospect of sorts, was a step up from Prescott’s last two opponents, both journeymen. Based on his performance on Friday, he’s probably ready for another step up in competition.
In the co-featured bout of the ESPN2-broadcast, 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade remained undefeated with an easy second-round KO of overmatched Omar Bell.
Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs), a 23-year-old junior middleweight prospect from Rhode Island, dropped Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) with a short left midway through the second round. Bell opted to stay on his knees rather than get up and face more such punches from the talented southpaw.
Also on the broadcast, Kevin Rooney Jr., the son of former fighter and trainer Kevin Rooney, best known for his work with Mike Tyson, won a four-round unanimous decision over David Navarro in his pro debut.
Rooney (1-0), who won by unanimous scores of 40-34, dropped Navarro (0-3) in the first and second rounds. The 30-year-old college grad is the full-time publicist and event coordinator for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing promotions, which co-promoted Friday’s show at the Mohegan Sun.