Saturday, October 21 2017

Turning Stone Resort Casino , NY

Jezreel Corrales

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

Alberto Machado

(18-0-0, 15 KOs)

12 Round WBA Super Featherweight Championship Bout
Available in HD

In a somewhat surprising outcome, Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated the reigning WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales] (22-2, 8 KOs) at their October 21 bout at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Despite the outcome, Corrales had a strong showing in the fight, inflicting some real damage right away with a defiant left hook in the first round. In round two, Corrales continued his torment with left after left, seeming almost unstoppable. In the third, Machado began to fight back with a few power shots of his own, but by the fourth Corrales was back on the offensive again.

In the fifth round, Corrales took a giant swing followed by a few quick punches that slammed Machado to the mat. The tireless Machado somehow managed to pick himself up and kept at it. In the sixth, Machado landed a few stinging blows that clearly wounded Corrales, but Corrales was able to follow suit in the seventh and kept pummeling his opponent.

Machado had received quite a thrashing at this point, but he endured all of that, maintaining his composure and waiting for the right opportunity to strike a final and decisive blow. That moment came in the eighth round when Machado landed a brutal left hook that dropped Corrales to the canvas.

Unlike his opponent, Corrales was unable to come back from the hit that sent him to the mat. Corrales did manage to get up around the count of 10, but the referee had already ruled it a knockout. Corrales was in no shape to continue and this match was over.

“[My trainer] Freddie told me to double up the jab and that the opportunities would come, and they did,” Machado said. “He caught me a few times, but I’m a warrior. I’m from Puerto Rico and I was always going to win this for Puerto Rico.”

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