By Jason Kotar at ringside / Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a bizarre lightweight fight, Breidis Prescott (21- 0, 18 KOs) remained undefeated with a disqualification win when veteran Humberto Toledo (33-6-2, 19 KOs) bit his shoulder in the tenth and final round. The unbelievable foul by Toledo was televised live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the University Center Arena on the Campus of Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
After knocking out highly touted Amir Khan in less than one round in his last fight, the experienced Toledo figured to give Prescott much needed rounds.
As expected, Prescott started fast, throwing every punch with bad intentions. Working off a good jab and straight right, Prescott seemed to be taking the fight to his opponent.
To his credit, Toledo kept coming forward, seemingly impervious to the power punches Prescott was hitting him with.
In round three, a nasty cut opened up over right the eye of Prescott which was ruled a head butt by the referee.
Round four saw Prescott’s power punches finally take their toll, as Toledo was stunned by a hard straight right from Prescott. Not to be outdone, Toledo would later land his best punch of the fight, a right to the head of Prescott.
The ensuing rounds saw much of the same, Prescott landing the cleaner blows while Toledo never stopped pressing the action, continually throwing punches, many of which Prescott avoided.
Prescott finally got through in round seven with a big left hook to the head, causing his opponent to fall into the ropes. The referee gave Toledo a standing eight count.
Round eight saw Toledo deducted a point for holding and punching, which was nothing compared to what happened in the tenth and final round.
After a clinch between both fighters near the ropes, they emerged with Prescott complaining to the referee. The referee immediately noticed a bite on the neck of Prescott and deducted two points from Toledo. Before resuming the action, however, the referee decided to end the fight via disqualification because of the incident. Official time was 1:58 seconds of round ten.
GAMBOA ANNIHILATES ESTRADA!
2004 Cuban Olympic Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa improved to 14-0, 12 KOs with a first round annihilation of Walter Estrada (35-9, 24 KOs). In front of a raucous pro-Cuban crowd, Gamboa continued to show why he is a rising star in the lightweight division.
The crowd pleasing, attack style of Gamboa, who resides in Miami, had the crowd on their feet in anticipation as the two fighters met in the middle of the ring.
In the first exchange between the fighters, Gamboa unleashed a flurry of punches to both the body and head of the southpaw Estrada. A right cross to the head knocked Estrada down. The outmatched and badly hurt Estrada never managed to rise to his feet and was counted out at 35 seconds of round one.
LARA DESTROYS GROSS IN ONE!
Southpaw Erislandy Lara (4-0, 3 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Keith Gross (3-1, 1 KO) in the first round. The junior middleweight Lara, a former amateur world champion from Cuba, started the fight patiently, working behind a stiff jab and occasional straight left hand.
Things changed when Lara saw an opening and unleashed a one-two combination, a right cross to the head and straight left to the chin, which knocked down his opponent. Green was able to beat the count but immediately retreated to the ropes.
Lara moved in for the kill, unleashing power shots on his opponent until a left uppercut put Green down for good. Unable to beat the count, the referee called a halt to the bout at 1:09 of round one.
GARBEY WINS EASY
Cruiserweight Ramon Garbey (19-4, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Mike Sheppard (11-9-1, 6 KOs). Garbey, a former Cuban champion, knocked down Sheppard once in round three and twice in round four. All of the scorecards tallied 40-33.
MORE UNDERCARD RESULTS
Heavyweight Erick Leander (6-0, 5 KOs) scored an impressive TKO victory over Bobby O’Bannon (3-2, 3 KOs). Leander overwhelmed O’Bannon from the opening bell, knocking him down twice in round one, forcing the referee to stop the action at 59 seconds of round one.
In an entertaining affair, Ed Parades ( 21-2, 13 KOs) outworked a game Josh Onyongo (14-17-1, 11 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision. Parades, landing the cleaner blows throughout the fight, had Onyongo hurt in round three and knocked him down with a straight right hand in round six. The judge’s scores were 59-54, 58-55 and 58-55.
Lightweight Xavier Burgos (1-0) won his professional debut, defeating Clayvonne Howard (1-1, 1 KO) via unanimous decision. The judge’s scorecards read 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.
Several of the bouts were televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights and the event was promoted by Arena Box Promotions.