April 22, 2011

ESPN Friday Night Fights Star Boxing Results

Story/Photo: Jeffrey Freeman
Breidis Prescott W10 Bayan Jargal (Main Event Junior Welterweights)
~ Prescott (best know for his upset KO of Amir Khan in 2008) controls the opening round by stalking Jargal with his jab and occasional right hand. Two hard left hooks from Prescott late in the round hurt Jargal. More jabs from Prescott to start the second. Prescott is mixing up his shots now and Jargal is doing next to nothing. In the third it is more of the same with Prescott outboxing and out-punching Jargal, who seems to have no answer for Prescott. The fourth looks like the third as Prescott again controls the action with a slick left jab and good movement. In the fifth, Prescott is settling down on his punches and a big right hand shot followed by a left hook again rocks Jargal, who is taking a paint job from Prescott. Big rights and lefts hurt Jargal late in the round as Prescott goes for the finish. Jargal's left eye beginning to swell from flush right hands from Prescott who controls the sixth with his jab and right hands. Prescott has won every round so far.

Big right hand from Prescott opens the seventh as it looks to be more of the same, with Prescott pitching and Jargal catching. Jargal never stops trying but he can't catch the fleet footed Prescott and when he does he can only land one punch at a time. A good even exchange in the corner starts the eighth round but Prescott would rather box than trade shots with Jargal and that's what he does, getting back to the jab and controlling the round with his boxing skills. A relatively uneventful ninth round is controlled again by Prescott's long left jab. Jargal goes for broke in the tenth but eats flush lefts and rights from Prescott for his efforts. Prescott cruises to a unanimous decision, the scores 100-90, 99-90, 99-91 all in favor of Prescott who improves to 24-2 w/ 19 KO's. Jargal falls to 15-2-3 w/ 9 KO's.  

Demetrius Andrade KO 2 Omar Bell (Junior Middleweights)
~ In a junior middlweight co-main event contest, a nice left hook from Demetrius Andrade dispatches the game but overmatching Omar Bell at 1:31 of the second round in the first fight of the night. Andrade improves to 13-0 w/ 9 KO's while Omar Bell falls to 8-2 with 5 KO's.

Kevin Rooney Jr W4 David Navarro (Junior Middleweights)
~ Big left hook from the debuting Kevin Rooney Jr drops David Navarro early in the first for a four count. Crowd favorite Rooney swarms and applies steady pressure through the round but could not finish. A big right from Rooney hurts Navarro in the second before dropping him again late in the round. In the third, another Rooney left hook stuns Navarro. Rooney again applies tremendous pressure but cannot finish his wounded foe who even manages to get in a few good shot of his own. Fighters touch gloves to start the fourth. Rooney is relentless to the heard and body but cannot get a finishing shot through the guard of Navarro who holds on to hear the final bell by covering up, moving around, and only very occasionally punching back. Successful pro debut for the son of legendary trainer Kevin Rooney. Scores were unanimous in favor of Rooney Jr, all three judges scoring it 40-34.


Joe Hanks TKO5 Terrell Nelson (Heavyweights)
~ The over-matched and out of shape Terrell Nelson does not answer the bell for the 5th round against heavyweight prospect Joe Hanks. Hanks, who wears his hair like Lennox Lewis and Shannon Briggs, scored a knockdown in the second round with a huge overhand right and he controlled the whole fight with a jab and powerful right hands. Nelson was never in the contest and by the third and forth rounds he was reduced to clowning and eating punches. Hanks is known as "The Future" but he looks to need seasoning, so maybe that nickname should be "Distant Future." Hanks improves to 16-0 w/ 10 KO's while Nelson falls to 8-12 w/ 5 KO's.

Kevin Cobbs KO1 Nicholas Lavin (Cruiserweights)
~ Successful pro debut for Cobbs as he blows Lavin away in a minute and a half. Time of the KO 1:30 of round one. Cobbs now 1-0 w/ 1 KO while Lavin falls to 2-1 w/ 2 KO's.