Corrales-Machado, Andrade-Fox Recaps
In sudden fashion, Alberto Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated Jezreel Corrales (22-2, 8 KOs) to win the WBA Super Featherweight Championship on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Coming into the bout, Corrales had already lost the championship, as he came in just over three pounds above the super featherweight limit of 130 lbs. But Corrales came out more on the attack in the opening round, looking sharp with his punches while also showing off some perfect footwork.
Corrales continued his aggression in round two, landing 30 power punches in total by the time this round ended. Morales likely may have been fooled often, as he was up against a fellow southpaw.
Corrales continued his aggressive attack in the third. But suddenly, Machado nailed Corrales with a hard shot with about 60 seconds left, slowing him down. Machado continued an onslaught as much as he could, and he arguably took the third round with the comeback.
The fourth round saw a funny moment where Corrales’ mouth guard fell out and it landed in Machado’s glove. But on a serious note, a late hard right hand from Morales severely rocked Machado, putting him nearly against the ropes before the bell.
A Hard overhand shot by Corrales sends Machado down to the canvas in the middle of the fifth. Machado, however, was able to beat the count and finish the round, though he still seemed a bit dazed from the shot.
With about less than a minute left in the sixth, Machado rocked Corrales with a short right hook to the head and then a flurry of punches. Corrales grabbed onto Machado and the two went down to the ground, with the ref being forced to rule the fall a trip. Machado, however, still nailed Corrales with another late shot, forcing Corrales to clinch up.
In the seventh, Corrales nailed Machado with a huge overhand shot, forcing Machado into retreat. With his back up against the ropes, Machado ended up playing the clinch game. Machado, however, nailed a counter-punch on Corrales, which the referee ruled no knockdown despite one of Corrales’ gloves touching the canvas.
Corrales continues to nail Machado throughout with overhand shots. But suddenly with about a minute left, Machado landed a big left hook off the jaw and a small right hook to the temple on Corrales. At the same time, Corrales landed a straight punch that connected square in the middle of Machado’s face. Machado bounced against the ropes, but Corrales went down. And while Corrales just beat the count, he swayed when standing, forcing the referee to call the knockout at 2:18 into the eighth.
Prior to the WBA Super Featherweight Title main event, Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs) made his middleweight debut, taking on Alantez Fox (23-1-1, 11 KOs).
Andrade made his message to the middleweight division clear in the first minute of the fight, when he rocked Fox with a left hand, forcing Fox’s back to the ropes. While he could not finish Fox in the round, Andrade showed quite the accuracy with his punches.
Andrade continued to pick apart Fox in the second and third rounds. When the two met in the center of the ring, it was clear that Andrade was in a whole other league than Fox, who made no adjustments over the next three rounds.
A minor controversy came during the seventh round, as Andrade fell to the canvas during the exchange, and while some felt it was just a slip, the referee ruled it a knockdown. Despite the debated knockdown, it showed no change in the tide with this fight, as the rest of the bout was all-Andrade.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Andrade, 118-110, 118-109 and 116-111.
Prior to this bout, HBO aired the WBA/IBF Batamweight Championship unification bout between Ryan Burnett and Zhanat Zhakiyanov.