by James Slater – Although he has lost his last two fights, both on points, fans everywhere would almost certainly welcome a second fight between Breidis Prescott and Amir Khan. The powerful Colombian shocked the current WBA light-welterweight champion inside a single minute back in September of 2008, and it seemed stardom awaited the then undefeated banger. Instead, though, the man who, post-Khan, took the nickname “Khanqueror,” wound up losing two of his next three fights – dropping decisions to Miguel Vazquez and Kevin Mitchell..
Now, most likely realising that his best way back towards the top would be a return fight with the man he so effortlessly flattened just over a year-and-a-half ago, Prescott is set to return to action up at light-welterweight. According to Box Rec, the 26-year-old with the 21-2(18) record will box an eight-rounder, against a TBA, on the May 15th Khan-Malignaggi bill in new York.
There should be little doubt, if Prescott wins, especially via a violent and impressive KO, and if Khan does likewise, he will do his best to get in Khan’s face and call him out for a rematch. And this ploy could actually work – at least when it comes to drumming up further fan interest in a Prescott-Khan II. In the opinion of many, it should actually be Khan doing his best to get the rematch on, so as to be able to redeem himself in avenging his only pro loss – and remember, Khan did say a while back how he WOULD face Prescott again. Instead, Prescott is the more desperate fighter right now, coming off that comprehensive loss to the peaking Kevin Mitchell as he is.
Prescott, if he is to have any chance at all in enticing Khan into sharing a ring with him for a second time, must win, and in style, on May 15th. The Colombian with the long reach and the withering one-punch power to match has fought up at 140-pounds before, and at 5’11” he certainly has the height to be able to do so effectively. Prescott smashed Khan down at lightweight, of course, and Khan fans argue that their hero’s chin is much sturdier now that he no longer has to struggle to make 135-pounds (Khan himself stands 5’10” and was a big lightweight, it must be agreed).
Though Prescott has and always will have that sensational win to his name, it is Khan who is covered in options. Khan may well ignore Prescott even if Prescott does look brutal and succeeds in getting the fans on his side in May – choosing to face someone like the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II winner instead of the man who wrecked him in 2008. Nevertheless, Prescott will do all he can to get the rematch. He may have nowhere else to go.