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Lawson Edges Prescott by Split Decision

By Marc Livitz: Fredrick Lawson maintained his undefeated record on Thursday evening with a tough split decision win over Breidis Prescott at the Hialeah Race Track in south Florida. The welterweight contest which pitted a Ghanaian (Lawson) against a Colombian began with a steady flow of back and forth jabbing between the two contestants. Prescott tagged Lawson with an impressive right hook midway through the first round, after which Fredrick returned the favor with his snapping left jab. The tactical matchup continued in the second as each man landed less jabs and more power shots, mostly upstairs. Prescott (27-6, 20 KO’s) forced Lawson (23-0, 20 KO’s) into a corner for part of the closing minute and connected with a couple of head shots.


Breidis did his best to remain at a distance as he looked to circle to his left. With under a minute to go in round three, he lost his balance as his feet tangled with Freddie, who capitalized with a short right to the side of Prescott’s head. The shot was just enough to send him down and the bout’s first knockdown had surfaced. Despite his protests, he was given the mandatory eight count. Throughout much of the fourth, each fighter sought to throw hardly anything but hard punches and each man connected to his respective credit. Prescott kept himself in front of the naturally larger Lawson and he often paid the cost for doing so.


His left eye was just about swollen shut in the fifth. Still, he had a good round. He’d been boxing his foe and he’d switched to close-in combat. He steered Lawson into a corner for a brief period as the fight had reached its halfway point. Round six saw a noticeable amount of holding between brief flashes of head shots, mostly from Prescott as they found their target upon Lawson’s shoulders. The bout remained close into the seventh and eighth. Prescott did his best to pick his risk as either boxer or puncher with long jabs from the outside coupled with shots close in.


Still, Freddie Lawson was there to answer with his jab and well timed rights as Breidis let his foot off the gas at times. The entertaining contest almost appeared dead even as it headed into its final two rounds. West African Lawson became the boxer of sorts as he walked down the Colombian Prescott, who had at least appeared to have stopped his aggressive approach in round nine and didn’t seem as focused going in to the tenth and final round. He still had the questionable knockdown to his detriment.

Lawson went on the offensive throughout much of the last three minutes and used his jab effectively. Breidis looked alive as the bout came to an end with a few answer shots of his own. As the bell rang and understandably so, each fighter raised his hand in victory. Ultimately, that call was in the hands of the judges who saw the contest as follows: 96-93 (Prescott) and 95-94 (x2) for Lawson.

Co Main Report - Barthelemy KO’s Perez in Two

Rances Barthelemy made quick and easy work of Angino Perez in the evening’s

co-main event. The unbeaten Cuban fighter Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KO’s, 1 ND) dropped his Dominican opponent Perez (18-7, 16 KO’s) twice inside the last minute of the first round, once by way of an impressive array of head and body shots which sent Perez almost through the ropes and once more with successive blows to the body. Each time, Angino beat the count and he appeared to have wits about him as he returned to his corner after the bell had sounded. In the second, "Kid Blast" Barthelemy came out firing and all Perez could do was retreat into a corner as successive shots up and down landed once more. The Dominican Perez went to the canvas once more and referee Frank Santore, Jr. had seen enough. He proceeded to wave a halt to the super lightweight contest at the fifteen second mark of round two.


Additional Results from Hialeah

Ahmed Elbiali UD 6 Mike Stafford - Light Heavyweights

Kamil Laszczyk TKO 6 Jose Luis Araiza - Super Featherweights

Antonio Tarver, Jr. TKO 3 Bruce Lutchmedial – Middleweights

Robert Alfonso TKO 2 Raymundo Lopez - Heavyweights


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