Prescott: I should have been given the decision against McCloskey; I bet Khan is happy now

Colombian slugger Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) can't help but feel wronged by the controversial loss he suffered Saturday against Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) in the Irishman's backyard, the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Fighting in a 12-round World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight elimination bout, Prescott knocked McCloskey down, bloodied his nose, won a wide majority of the rounds and had him out on his feet at the final bell.

Despite that, the exclusively European officials turned in verdicts of 114-113, 114-113, and 115-113 for McCloskey.

"He would miss me completely or hit my gloves and the crowd would roar and the people at ringside would jump to their feet in ecstasy, screaming and yelling right behind the judges. I guess they were swayed by that, but let's be clear. I did more than enough to win this fight anywhere but here in Ireland."

Boxing writers and fans across the Internet would seem to agree, as news sites and forums are abuzz with opinions ranging from disappointment to outrage with the scoring.

"When they were about to read the scores, the only question was how much did Breidis win by," said Prescott's co-promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. "He landed the harder, cleaner shots and hurt McCloskey several times. Unfortunately, this wasn't as surprising as it should be. It's very tough to win on road, which is bad for boxing in the long run."

One person watching the fight who probably breathed a sigh of relief after the bad decision: WBA Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan, whom Prescott has already destroyed once.

"I guess [Amir] Khan is happy now because now he can avoid me longer," said Prescott. "I would love a McCloskey rematch on neutral ground, but after beating he took, I doubt he would fight me again."


Chicago, IL (September 11, 2011) Just one day ahead of his unprecedented Michigan Avenue public workout in front of the world renowned Wrigley Building, Notre Dame Boxing Champion and current undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee arrived in Chicago on Sunday evening from his training camp in Houston. Joining Lee were strength and conditioning coach Brian Caldwell, head trainer Ronnie Shields and assistant trainer Creed Fountain.

Kicking off a full fight week media schedule, Lee will hold a public training session at 12Noon on Monday, September 12th in front of the Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan Ave. Fans are encouraged to attend and participate in this most unique and fun event.

Lee will headline FIGHT LIKE A CHAMPION, the first ever professional boxing event at
Notre Dame this Friday night, September 16th in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
(basketball arena). Presented by Top Rank Incorporated and The Mike Lee Foundation,
all profits from FIGHT LIKE A CHAMPION will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical
Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend.

Article posted on 12.09.2011

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