By Phil Doherty at ringside
Colombian power-punching super lightweight Breidis Prescott (26-4, 18 KOs) fought off the always-game Bronx-battler Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-5-1, 13 KOs) with a unanimous decision win in their Solo Boxeo main event. Prescott dropped Figueroa twice in the first round with heavy left hands. Proving it’s not the size of the dog (or rather cat) in the fight, Figueroa came on in the third and dropped Prescott with an overhand right in the fifth. Headbutts played a role throughout the bout, opening a nasty gash behind Figueroa’s head at the close of the sixth but he gamely soldiered on. Outgunned and outsized, but never out of heart, “Gato” pursued the bigger man through the second half of the fight. Ultimately Prescott’s quick start and continued heavy leather proved too much as judges determined scores of 79-71, 77-73 and 78-71 for the man from Barranquilla.
Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (9-0, 5 KOs) battered Bahamian opponent Jermaine Mackey (18-6, 14 KOs) for 10 rounds to earn a unanimous decision win. The durable Mackey got in his shots but couldn’t close the gap on the judges’ cards, which read 100-89 for Gonzalez.
Cuban super featherweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) blasted his Mexican opponent Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (14-7, 7 KOs) across 8 rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory in the televised Telefutura Solo Boxeo co-main event from Miami’s Airport Convention Center. Barthelemy loaded up savage left hooks throughout the action, knocking Rodriguez down in the first and controlling the pace from the opening bell. Judges awarded Barthelemy identical scores of 80-71.
Super bantamweight Hairon Socarras (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Cuba notched a unanimous decision over southpaw DeWayne Wisdom (2-6, 1KO) of Indianapolis in their 4-round contest. Judges had it 39-37 and 40-36 (twice) for the Cuban.
Middleweight Roberto Acevedo (6-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated record by way of unanimous decision victory against Donald “DJ” Clark (2-3, 1 KO) of Pensacola. Acevedo stood and delivered behind thudding straight rights as Clark gamely boxed and moved. Judges scored it 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) for Acevedo.
Serbian light heavyweight Radivoje Kaladzic (7-0, 5 KOs) overwhelmed opponent Jerrod Caldwell (2-1-1, 1 KO) in their scheduled 6-round bout. Kaladzic, whose surname is tattooed in script on his back, tattooed Caldwell with vicious hooks and straight rights, forcing referee Sam Burgos to stop the action at just 1:49 of the first round.
Welterweight Malcom Stimphil (1-0) made the most of his professional debut, scoring a unanimous decision nod against (yes his real name) Cassius Clay (0-6) of Tampa. The three judges at ringside saw it 40-36 for Stimphil, a native of nearby West Palm Beach.
Cuban junior middleweight Leosvy Mayedo (3-2, 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over Joseph “Spiderman” Benjamin (3-22, 3 KOs) in the opening bout of tonight’s Miami Warfare II card at the Miami Airport Convention Center. All three judges scored the bout 40-34 for the Cuban.