Breidis Prescott vs Levan Ghvamichava, Thomas Hill vs Marcos Hernandez, Mcallister vs Yoruba
BY KID HERSH
PBC on FS1 Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays from Nice, California. First up was Gilberto Yoruba (7-2, 4KO's) vs Malcolm Mcallister (7-0, 7KO's). The first round was all Mcallister as he established himself as the much more powerful puncher as he started to break down Yoruba. Yoruba is off balance and does not look like a very good fighter to me. Mcallister was really biding his time and being patient throughout the second round. I got the distinct feeling that he could take Yoruba out if he really wanted to but that he is either working on things in the ring or looking to get rounds in. Yoruba's footwork is extremely sloppy and he doesn't position himself well for punches at all, in addition to having extremely sloppy punches. To just come out and say it; I am surprised he is making it to the third round. In the third Mcallister once again was being very patient, using his jab for a solid minute and a half in the round without throwing a power shot. It's times like this where he is trying to looking impressive by showing off his boxing skills but really it's a lackluster fight where he should be taking his overmatched opponent out of there. Yoruba is one tough cookie though as he would show in the fifth round as Mcallister finally unloaded at the end of the round and Yoruba took a lot of damage from the assault but is simply not going anywhere. This continued through the sixth round, where he was taking more damage and the referee was taking a good look at stopping the fight as well. Mcallisters work rate is up where I like it but really I still feel like he should have taken this man out sooner. In any case, he did get the stoppage with Yoruba quitting on his stool before the eighth and final round of a fight where he ended up taking a big beating. I still feel like despite Mcallister winning big he has some big things to work on, such as maintaining a consistent game plan andd pouring it on an opponent when he has him going instead of cocking off.
Next up was Thomas Hill (6-0, 1KO) vs Marcos Hernandez (7-0, 2KO's). There was a lot of back and forth action in the first round between the two fighters with neither man backing down. Hernandez was the first person to get a rhythm established and he did so in the second round. He was getting his punches off first, with his quick hand speed helping him out as well as his great timing and placement of punches. This carried through the third round as well with Hill not getting discouraged at all but looking like he was a bit outclassed at this point. In the fourth round Hill was able to change the tide of the fight a bit as he started to get his punches off first instead of waiting. As to be expected this meant that Hernandez was really waiting now and looking to counterpunch, but as the minutes wore on and the fifth round came along he was suddenly losing more and more momentum. Hill was blasting away to the body and it was quickly taking it's toll on Hernandez. As the sixth round rolled along Hernandez's corner was told it was the final round by the referee only to ask around and find out that their fading fighter had three more rounds to go, as all the viewers knew. He put himself together well despite looking like the much more tired man and may have won the sixth round as the action was very fast to close it out with both fighters knowing that the fight is very close at this point. In the seventh round we had a poor referee decision as Hernandez really got a rest period from going down from what he called a low blow but replays would show was a legal blow. The really unfortunate part was the referee deducting a point AFTER giving a couple minutes of rest to Hernandez, the more tired man, from what was not even a low blow in the first place. In any case the eighth and final round favored Hernandez, who was the busier man and was surprising considering Hill "could have" conceivably been in the fight but did not appear to really try and take the final round. Hernandez would win the UD.
Main event time featuring Breidis Prescott (29-7, 21KO's) vs Levan Ghavimchava (16-2-1, 12KO's). In the first round Ghvamichava looked pudgy and slow after moving up in weight to welterweight from his previous fight (knockout loss to Sergey Lipinets). Prescott was the much bigger, stronger, and sharper man by a long shot. In the second round Ghvamichava got his motor warmed up and drug Prescott into a war - exactly his style of fight that he wants. Prescott is well known to get drug into wars as he has been many times when he should be using his reach and boxing his man - which has already been shown to work. Ghvamichava continued his success in the third round as he was peppering Prescott with punches and outworking him while pressing him around the ring. Prescott is focusing more on his movement than his punches, unlike what he did in the first round. In the fourth round The Wolf continued stalking his man and was shockingly able to put Prescott down near the very end of the round when he landed a right hand to the chin that buckled his legs from under him. In the next couple rounds Prescott still did not look fully recovered as his legs were a bit unsteady at times. The Wolf continued stalking him and was taking a piece away from Prescott a bit at a time, bit by bit. It all mounted in the seventh round where he knocked down Presscott multiple times (two being ruled slips but I believe one was a real knockdown). Prescott took a hard loss here but as usual he came to fight and duked it out instead of trying to buy time and run around the ring.