Holy Toledo, he bites! Prescott wins by DQ, Cubans score quickie KOs
Breidis Prescott, known for being able to hit hard, was bit hard in the final round of his 10-rounder against dirty-fighting Humberto Toledo.
The journeyman from Ecuador was promptly disqualified for sinking his mouthpiece-covered teeth into the left shoulder of the undefeated lightweight contender after using his head more than his fists throughout the ESPN-televised main event Friday from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Prescott (21-0, 18 knockouts), best known for his shocking 54-second blowout of Amir Khan last year, exhibited more than just power in dominating the aggressive, but unruly Toledo (34-6-2, 19 KOs). THE RING's No. 9 contender utilized smart footwork, head and upper-body movement, a consistent jab and economical counter punches to evade and control the ever-advancing Toledo, whose most threatening connects came from his shaved head, which produced a small cut on the inside corner of Prescott's left eye in the first round.
Despite Toledo's fouls (he was docked a point for holding and hitting in the eighth round), Prescott kept his composure for the most part, though occasionally complaining to the referee as he punished his more-experienced foe while backpedaling. However, once Toledo resorted to biting during a clinch at the start of the 10th, Prescott had had enough, as had referee Telis Assimenos, who DQ'd Toledo at 1:02 of the round.
In the co-featured bout of the card, hot Cuban featherweight prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa starched fellow southpaw Walter Estrada with a short right hand during the first exchange of the first minute of the first round of their scheduled eight rounder. Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs) sent Estrada (35-9, 24 KOs) to the canvas for the full 10 count of referee Tommy Kimmons, who halted the bout 35 seconds into the opening round.
Southpaw junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara, who, like Gamboa, is a former Cuban amateur star, also finished his opponent in the first round. Lara (4-0, 3 KOs) dropped Keith Gross (3-1, 1 KO) three times with well-timed left hands, finishing his 31-year-old foe inside the one-minute mark.
In a heavyweight four rounder, former fringe contender Ramon Garbey dropped gutsy, but limited Mike Sheppard three times with the same shoulder roll-counter right hand move en route to a one-sided unanimous decision. The 37-year-old Garbey (19-4, 14 KOs) ended a two-year layoff with the victory, which he claimed by three scores of 40-33. Sheppard (11-9-1, 6 KOs) showed a lot of heart in getting up and resuming the fight with vigor after each knockdown.