Saturday, October 21, 2017

Turning Stone Resort Casino / Verona, NY

Jezreel Corrales

(22-1-0, 8 KOs) VS.

Alberto Machado

(18-0-0, 15 KOs)

HBO Broadcast: 10:05pm ET | International Time: 02:05 GMT
Available HD

WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (22-1-0, 8 KOs) will defend his title against challenger Alberto "El Explosivo" Machado (18-0-0, 15 KOs) in a much-anticipated match set for Saturday, October 9 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

After spending his entire professional career fighting in his home country of Panama, the 26-year-old Corrales traveled to Tokyo in June 2016 to take on the then-undefeated Takashi Uchiyama, a man who had defended his WBA Super Featherweight title more than ten times. In a stunning upset, Corrales destroyed Uchiyama in only two rounds, and defeated Uchiyama once again via split decision victory in their December 2016 rematch. Corrales then made his U.S. debut against the tough Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos in Los Angeles on July 15, 2017, winning by technical decision in a tough war that had both men visiting the canvas.

Machado, a 27-year-old of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a big man for his division and boasts power in both hands. After almost five years climbing up the super featherweight rankings, Machado earned the NABO Super Featherweight Title against Juan Martinez in a stunning first round knockout. Machado now looks to take advantage of his first title shot in his first HBO appearance.

"I am very excited to fight ... in the headlining bout of a great event," said Corrales. "I know that Alberto Machado is a strong fighter, but I too am strong and intelligent. I know that my style of fighting will give him a lot of problems. I'm confident that I will defend my title."

"I am very happy and ready to face the great champion Jezreel Corrales," said Machado. "I know that it won't be an easy fight, but I am more motivated than ever to take this title [for] my family and Puerto Rico."