Alberto Machado Drops, Decisions Mensah To Retain Title

By Keith Idec

Alberto Machado’s first title defense wasn’t nearly as difficult as his previous fight.

Puerto Rico’s Machado was too big, too strong and too good for Ghana’s Raphael Mensah in their fight for Machado’s WBA world super featherweight title Saturday night. Machado dropped Mensah in the first round and mostly dominated the smaller Mensah in this 12-round battle between southpaws.

Machado won every round on all three scorecards (120-107) to win a unanimous decision in the first of two bouts HBO broadcast from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Machado improved to 20-0, but didn’t record the knockout it appeared was inevitable early in their fight. Mensah lost for the first time as a professional (31-1, 23 KOs).

Mensah, a nephew of former welterweight champ Ike Quartey, entered this bout unbeaten, but built his record largely against journeymen and opponents with losing records.

Machado made the first defense of the WBA 130-pound title he won in his last fight. The 27-year-old Machado overcame a fifth-round knockdown during that bout to knock out Panama’s Jezreel Corrales (22-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) in the eighth round of that October 21 bout in Verona, New York.

Machado won a vacant version of the WBA’s super featherweight title because Corrales couldn’t make the 130-pound limit. He was stripped of that title at the weigh-in the day before he lost to Machado.

Mensah demonstrated toughness by reaching the final bell Saturday night. He didn’t do much to test Machado, though, other than taking Machado 12 rounds for the first time in Machado’s career.

A straight left hand by Machado backed Mensah into the ropes late in the ninth round. That was the last time Machado seemed to hurt Mensah in their 12-rounder.

The right side of Mensah’s face was severely swollen by the sixth round. He had more success in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds than earlier in the bout, but still couldn’t do enough to win those rounds.

Machado’s punch output began slowing down during the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds. He still stung Mensah enough with straight left hands to control the action in those rounds.

Machado spent the entire fifth round knocking Mensah around the ring by hitting him with straight left hands and right hooks.

An aggressive Machado made Mensah fight off his back foot for much of the third and fourth rounds. Machado consistently landed straight lefts and right hooks in those rounds, when Mensah struggled to keep Machado off him.

Machado buckled Mensah’s legs by landing a straight left hand with 13 seconds to go in the fourth round.

Machado found a home for his straight left hand throughout the second round. One of those lefts backed Mensah into the ropes with 12 seconds remaining in that round.

Machado caught Mensah with a flush right hook that sent Mensah to the seat of his trunks late in the first round. A stunned Mensah made it to his feet and survived to the end of the round.

Machado caught Mensah with a straight left hand 30 seconds into their fight. The defending champion drilled Mensah with another straight left with 1:11 to go in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PrBoxing88 on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18959516]To me he gets hit too much.[/QUOTE]I mean whoever gets hit flush is over lol.. thats what i really meant.

Comment by Raggamuffin on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=PrBoxing88;18958984]Why??? Davis has a chance ONLY if Machado don't land on him, I don't think Machado will ever make this mistake ever again. you just don't let a KO pass, u never know what could happen.[/QUOTE] To me he gets…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=BLACK KNOT;18958992]you are furious. it cuts you deeply doesn't it[/QUOTE] Furious about what, lmao...???

Comment by Body Shot on 07-22-2018

Now they should make the Tank vs Machado fight, but I doubt that happens.

Comment by HarvardBlue on 07-22-2018

I kinda felt bad for both fighters. Machado clearly took his foot off the gas. Hopefully he was trying to get some rounds in because he just ran out of steam he has a lot tougher contenders to contend with.…

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