By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com recently spoke to junior welterweight contender Breidis Prescott. The Colombian slugger burst onto to the scene when he knocked out Amir Khan in one round back in 2008. With question marks surrounding Lamont Peterson's victory over Khan, Prescott arguably holds the only legitimate victory over the U.K. Based fighter. In this interview Prescott talks about possibly stepping in to face Victor Ortiz, his future plans and more.
BoxingScene: Breidis, I am sure you have heard the news on Andre Berto failing his drug test. What is your opinion on the situation?
Breidis Prescott: I don't have much of an opinion because I'm not too informed on the situation other than Berto tested positive steroids. I just know I'm ready and willing to step in and face Ortiz.
BoxingScene: We are about 4 weeks away from the fight. Would you be able to get ready on short notice?
Breidis Prescott: 100% for sure. I've been here in Colombia training with my father and preparing myself to go to camp on Wednesday. I will be ready and there's no doubt that it would be a tremendous fight. I just want the opportunity to step in and show the world I belong on that level.
BoxingScene: How would a fight between you and Ortiz play out?
Breidis Prescott: Fireworks. He loves to bang. I love to bang. It would be a great fight for Showtime and the fans. Ortiz is a really good fighter with good power but I think my will would just be too much and I'd make him quit or stop him in about 6 or 7 rounds. That's no disrespect to Ortiz. I'm just confident that my willingness to leave my life in the ring that night will be too much for a guy who has showed that he isn't willing to put his life on the line.
BoxingScene: Most of your recent fights have been at 140. How effective do you think you will be at 147? Do you think you will have more stamina at the higher weight?
Breidis Prescott: I'm a big strong guy. I don't have many problems making 140 but not cutting down weight as much could definitely be a benefit. I think that I can compete in both divisions and would be very strong at 147.
BoxingScene: I heard you tried to step in for Lamont Peterson to face Amir Khan as well. Do you know why you weren't accepted for that fight?
Breidis Prescott. Because the last time we fought I knocked him out in one round (laughing). I really don't know why and now that Peterson has tested positive too I guess I'm the only real man to defeat Khan. But to be honest I prefer an Ortiz fight because I've already knocked khan out and would do it quicker next time out and wouldn't get the credit I deserve after it.
BoxingScene: If you don't get the Ortiz fight when can we expect you in the ring?
Breidis Prescott: My manager (Luis Decubas Jr) is working on a couple different scenarios with my promoters and I'm sure if I don't get Ortiz in June I will get another big opportunity this year and I won't let it slip away. I'm willing to fight anyone from 140 to 147 and I'm a clean fighter who would be willing to take any drug tests.
BoxingScene: Any closing comments for the fans?
Breidis Prescott: A shout out to all my Latino fans and all my Colombians that support me. I'm definitely gonna have a good 2012 and I will win a world title this year God willing.
I fight for the fans. Win, lose or draw if you come to one of my fights you're gonna leave happy and get your monies worth. I put on fan friendly fights and leave my heart in the ring every time I fight. God Bless.
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