Breidis Prescott is accustomed to the billing of opposing a rising prospect. His appearance on Thursday night’s boxing card at Hialeah Park and Casino serves as yet another example of Prescott’s B-side status.
A native of Colombia and Miami resident, Prescott (27-6, 20 KOs) will face unbeaten Fredrick Lawson in the main event of an announced 11-bout show. Lawson, of Ghana, is 23-0 with 20 KOs and is targeted for title opportunities in the welterweight division.
But Lawson should take note that Prescott can pin first career losses on eventual world champions. Prescott’s fight résumé features victories over current lightweight champion Richar Abril and former 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan, who succumbed to Prescott via first-round knockout in 2008.
“I have worked hard for this fight, and I’m focused and ready,” Prescott, 31, said during a news conference on Monday at Hialeah Park. “When I beat Lawson, I will have bigger fights ahead, so I am hungry to beat this guy and get back to fighting the world’s best.”
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Before agreeing to face Lawson, Prescott took a lengthy break since his last fight, when he lost a close 10-round decision against Roberto Garcia on July 25 in Chicago.
“No more losing close fights; I should have won,” Prescott said of his fight against Garcia. “I am too strong, too determined, too much experienced. No matter what [Lawson] does, I have the answer. I will win on Thursday night.”
Thursday’s card, which starts at 6 p.m., also features the appearance of former International Boxing Federation junior-lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy in the co-main event. Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) will face Angino Perez (18-6, 6 KOs) in a junior-welterweight match scheduled for 10 rounds.
Krop High graduate and FIU student Ahmed Elbiali will appear in one of the undercard fights. Elbiali (9-0, 9 KOs) will fight Mike Stafford (13-3, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six-round light-heavyweight bout.