I’ll not be indulging SKY next month, there is no hope what so ever of the satellite broadcaster’s flashy advertising campaigns convincing me that Amir Khan is a PPV attraction. Nor will I succumb to the overt and subliminal suggestion his opponent, Colombian Breidis Prescott, is a foe of such brilliance that to miss the PPV could mean I miss Khan being beaten.
Sports Network and Frank Warren fighters, which are two separate entities it would seem, never lose to imported South Americans – and lucrative cash cow Amir Khan is unlikely to break that tradition on his PPV debut.
In anticipation of a hosts of examples of this phenomenon, Warren fighters losing to imported opponents, being duly pointed out to me I’ve tried to contemplate the last time a SN/FW headliner lost a show-topping bout. Hatton, Calzaghe, Scot Harrison, Matt Skelton, Kevin Mitchell, Amir Khan, Johnny Nelson. Perhaps Harrison’s loss to Medina? Its a rare occurrence.
A brief two rounds of action is all YouTube has to offer and though they show Prescott is a competent young fighter, they also show a man who doesn’t throw straight punches, and is wide open to fast counters when he lets his own wide hooks go. He doesn’t appear to have a great deal of lateral movement either. The video below is of his most recent contest, his first venture out of Colombia and a 10-round win by Split-Decision against Richard Abril.
Installed as a prohibitive 1/20 favourite with some bookmakers, I would imagine only Tyson v McNeeley or Tyson v Douglas perhaps, could claim such lopsided odds for a PPV show, Khan is likely to prove too fast for the Colombian. I appreciate 2 rounds is precious little to judge upon. But it failed to weaken my resolve.
Obviously, SKY will seek to find an angle and in their first production on the lanky Colombian, they focused on his gritty, spartan existence and the presumed hunger it engenders referencing fellow countryman Ricardo Torres’ place on the roster of former inhabitants of Prescott’s gym. There were certainly similarities between Prescott and Torres offence, but it will be Prescott’s 6ft 1frame that will catch the eye – his long slender body will not have gone unnoticed by Khan and his new trainer.
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