Lawson squeezes by Prescott via split decision
- Updated: March 26, 2015
Unbeaten welterweight Fredrick Lawson barely kept his pristine record intact after earning a split decision win over Breidis Prescott in Miami, Florida on Thursday night.
Fighting in the main event of a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights, Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) and Prescott (27-7, 20 KOs) mostly fought on even terms, but a disputable knockdown in the third round, which appeared like a slip, ultimately cost Prescott the fight.
Prescott was a bit more aggressive during the fight, but after ten rounds, it was Lawson who came away with the win with scores of 95-94, 95-94 and 96-93 (Prescott).
In the co-feature, Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) kept his own unbeaten streak alive as he scored a second round TKO against overmatched Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs).
Barthelemy floored Perez twice in the first round and after the third knockdown in the second, the referee waved it off.
In the opening bout, Ahmed Elbiali (11-1, 9 KOs) earned a unanimous decision win over Mike Stafford (13-3, 3 KOs) after six rounds. Scores were 55-54, 60-53, 60-53.