Aaron Pryor Jr. put his 84-inch wingspan to good use during his 10-round Solo Boxeo main event against Librado Andrade.
The rangy, 6-foot-4 son of the former junior welterweight champ and hall of famer kept Andrade, a more experienced super middleweight contender, at the end of his jab and straight right hand for most of the light heavyweight bout, which he won by close majority decision.
Pryor (16-3, 11 knockouts), who won by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 95-95, repeatedly snapped the head of the ever-advancing Andrade with accurate one-two combinations and well-timed left hooks as he stepped around his antagonist.
Andrade (29-4, 22 KOs), who hasn't fought since stopping former titleholder Eric Lucas almost one year ago, was the aggressor but his ring rust was evident during the early rounds of the bout. Even when Andrade was able to muscle his way inside of Pryor's reach, he only threw one power punch at a time.
The 32-year-old veteran had his moments, particularly late in the bout, but he simply wasn't able to cope with the reach, timing, lateral movement and accurate punching of Pryor, who is also 32.
The victory was the most significant of Pryor's career and needed in order to keep it going. The Cincinnati native was coming off a 10-round loss to undefeated prospect Edwin Rodriguez.
Andrade, whose previous three losses were in title bouts, was hoping to get one more shot at a major 168-pound belt before Friday's bout. Now he may be regarded as stepping stone for super middleweight and light heavyweight up-and-comers.
In the co-featured bout of the Telefutura broadcast, Andrade's younger brother Enrique Ornelas (31-7, 20 KOs)scored a unanimous eight round-decision over Hector Hernandez (10-4-2, 4 KOs) in a harder-than-expected fight.
Ornelas, who won by unanimous scores of 78-73, landed the harder punches in an entertaining – and sometimes sloppy — brawl.