Saturday Night Fever: Machado KOs Corrales

By Robert Ecksel on October 21, 2017
Saturday Night Fever: Machado KOs Corrales
Machado was down in round 5 and the fight looked lost on several occasions. (HBO)

Corrales lost the title on the scale. To then lose the fight by KO, after failing to make weight the day before, means he needs to regroup and regroup fast…

Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, in a fight televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (19-0, 16 KOs), the hard-hitting up-and-comer from San Juan, Puerto Rico, came from behind to score a stunning eighth round knockout of former WBA super featherweight champion Jezreel Corrales (22-2, 8 KOs), from San Miguelito, Panama. The time of the stoppage was 2:18.

Corrales lost the title on the scale. To then lose the fight by KO, after failing to make weight the day before, means he needs to regroup and regroup fast.

Fighting of the blue corner in white trunks trimmed in silver and gold, Machado showed considerably more grit than skill. He was down in round 5 and the fight looked lost on several occasions.

Corrales, fighting out of the red corner in silver trunks, jumped to an early lead. He was creatively awkward and seemingly could not miss. He rocked Machado several times. Machado rarely had an answer. But the Puerto Rican pocketed some rounds and ate some punches before turning it around with a straight left to the jaw. Corrales made it to his feet at the count of nine but could barely stand. Referee Mark Nelson made the right call and waved it off. Corrales was in no condition to continue.

“I am over the moon,” said Machado after the fight. “I can’t believe this and I am so proud of this accomplishment. We knew that the fight would be complicated, and that we would be dealing with a dangerous style. We knew moving forward after Corrales’ weight issues that there would be a gigantic risk since he came in heavy, and it was a risk we were willing to take. He hurt me a couple of times throughout the bout, but in the end my hands were powerful and we got that one punch we needed.”

Machado may be “over the moon,” but he has not lost perspective.

“I want to tell my people of Puerto Rico that we are a strong and resilient people who have much hope. We will come back. We will rebuild. Just like tonight, you can hit the canvas and rise up victorious.”

Watching Machado snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with a single punch to the chin in the main event salvaged an otherwise disappointing night of fights. In the co-main event, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), from Providence, Rhode Island, in his first fight as a middleweight, easily won a unanimous decision over 6-foot-4-inch Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs), the formerly undefeated giant from Atlanta, Georgia, over 12 one-sided rounds.

The final scores were 118-110, 118-109, and 116-111.

“It me time baby!” an exuberant Andrade said. “This is a huge step up for me. Inside, I wanted to go early for the kill, but my dad and my corner told me to take my time and not to rush. I’ve been out of the ring for almost 7-8 months, and I was able to go 12 rounds at a higher weight class. That’s huge. Feel good, look good, win good. That’s what we did tonight.”

Fox neither feels nor looks good, because he didn’t win good.

“He hurt me in the first round, and he took complete advantage of that,” Fox said. “I completely agree with the judges—he came in and played a good fight. I know I’m being hard on myself, but I need to go back to the gym and prove that I’m worth still being called up.”

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  1. Francisco Franco 10:32am, 10/22/2017

    This isn’t the NFL where the vast majority of the “players” don’t know the rules and prove it just about every week to the detriment of their respective teams. This isn’t a a sport where you get a months rest and recuperation if you are suspected of being concussed in a “game”. This is a sport where fighters get concussed multiple times during one three minute round. It should be a given that everyone knows the rules…….no warnings after warnings on top of warnings….take that point…..then take another and another and another if you must! The ref in Breidis/Perez did the right thing when he took that point from Perez for using his head….this shit of being able to get away with just about anything the first….second…third time….ad nauseum is just that….shit!

  2. Francisco Franco 09:35am, 10/22/2017

    When the red head was hurt bad he tackled Machado damn near throwing him out of the ring in the process. This shit which we see over and over in this “sport” should be scored two points for a knockdown and an additional point for the tackle i.e. a 10-7 round!  He tried it at the end with another shoe string tackle and Machado just barely stayed up right! Lampley says Jezreel did it “intelligently” so it must be all good! Enough of this horseshit of referees with the mindset that the guy is hurt so what do you expect he’s just trying to survive…it’s a foul so call it and score it dammit!

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