Margules Weighs in on Campaign for Prescott/Khan Rematch

Breidis PrescottWhile Colombian power puncher Breidis Prescott's campaign to give WBA Junior Welterweight Champion Amir Khan his shot at redemption by way of a rematch has gained strong traction with boxing fans, Golden Boy CEO Richard Scahefer still seems resistant.

Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, Prescott's co-promoter (along with DiBella Entertainment), thinks he knows why. "Golden Boy doesn't want to put their guy at risk because they are smart," he admits. "Richard knows Khan cannot beat Prescott, and so he is brushing it off. Prescott is a much bigger puncher than Maidana and Khan, who got hit by both, knows it."

For those who don't recall, Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) knocked Khan silly in 54 seconds in September 2008 at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester.

According to Margules, while more money may lie in fighting "big name" opponents, what Khan stands to gain in facing Prescott again is much more valuable.. "Great fighters take matters in their own hands and demand certain fights to preserve their legacy. I guess we will find out what kind of character Amir is by how he handles avenging his only defeat. You can read all over the Internet how much the fans agree that Khan must face Prescott again if he ever wants to be considered truly great."

Notably, in an interview with the Daily Star, Schaefer's boss, Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, has called a rematch with Prescott "definitely doable" and added that "It would be about revenge and there's nothing sweeter than revenge."

"Richard, you know I respect you and you've done a terrific job with your fighters, but let's think this over," continued Margules. "Your kid wants to have a 'significant fight' in the UK in April and you've mentioned Lamont Peterson as the possible opponent. Again with no disrespect to Peterson, but Marcos Maidana knocked out Victor Ortiz and Peterson could only get a draw against him. You've already beaten Maidana, so what will fighting Peterson prove? Make the fight against Prescott, one with real significance to your kid's career. If Amir Khan is truly a great champion, what is there to be afraid of?"

Article posted on 23.12.2010

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