Freddie Roach Believes Alberto Machado Has Greatly Improved

By Miguel Rivera

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach admits that when he first observed WBA "regular" super featherweight world champion Alberto "El Explosivo" Machado move inside a ring, he immediately noticed some deficiencies that had to be corrected.

Three training camps later, Roach is very impressed with the fighter and convinced that Machado is on track to be one of the best 130 pounders in the division.

Later tonight, Machado will risk the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt against Yuandale Evans in an HBO televised co-feature at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

alberto-machado (1)_2

Machado, who is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions, is hoping to secure a major fight in the near future.

"The problems that he had with his leg movements do not exist anymore, Machado learned how to cut off the ring and catch the opponents in the corner. The better use the legs... that's where the power comes from to hurt [the opponent], especially with the jab," Roach informed Carlos Gonzalez.

"We've talked a lot about how to get the most out of his height and length, particularly against smaller opponents, that's when the footwork is important."

Machado captured the title in October 2017 when he knocked out Jezreel Corrarles in eight rounds. This past July, he dominated Rafael Mensah for 12 rounds en route to a unanimous decision. Evans appears in ninth place in the WBA rankings.

"We are risking the title against a good opponent that I am sure will bring out the best of Machado, we have the advantage in height and reach, and he has matured and understands, and he knows how to avoid falling backwards against the ropes an dhow to control the fight with his boxing," Roach said.

"We had excellent sparring against several world champions, so we are ready for Evans."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mlac on 10-27-2018

he looks like a chinny alpacca. really narrow face and nelly neck. big ko waiting to happen.

Comment by Johnston on 10-27-2018

One of the few guy's who really looks like he improves with each fight

Comment by daggum on 10-27-2018

tank davis believes so as well thats why he stole his belt and keeps fighting small guys who just lost

Comment by Tatabanya on 10-27-2018

Whatever. I just bet against Machado.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Las Vegas Grand Arrivals Arum: Crawford is Best Welterweight Since Sugar Ray Leonard Amir Khan To Return To Trainer Virgil Hunter For Crawford Fight Andrade 'Don’t Wanna Hear' Saunders’ Excuses For Akavov Fight Vergil Ortiz could fight for 140-pound title in 2019, Says Gomez Espinoza: Mayweather 'Up In the Air' About Pacquiao Rematch Plant-Uzcategui PBC on FS1 Card Peaks at 986,000 Viewers Dmitry Bivol Makes Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Official Photos: Adrien Broner Putting in Work in Las Vegas Dmitry Bivol-Joe Smith To Land on DAZN on March 9, Site TBD Photos: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan - Face To Face in London Derevyanchenko-Culcay Title Eliminator: DIBella Outbids AGON Joe Smith Jr. Finally Moves On From Artur Beterbiev Plant: It Was Destiny To Win My First Title in the City of Angels Mares: Why Isn't Leo Santa Cruz Fighting Gary Russell Next? Tony Harrison: I'll Beat Jermell Charlo 'Even Easier' in Rematch Terence Crawford-Amir Khan Officially Set for April 20 ESPN PPV Caleb Plant-Jose Uzcategui: Afterthoughts Photos: Ted Cheeseman, Sergio Garcia - Face To Face at Presser Amanda Serrano Won't Stop, May Go For Belt in Eight Division Trainer: Chisora Will Repair, He's Force To Be Reckoned With Hearn: Crawford is Tougher Fight For Khan, I Wanted Khan-Brook Artur Beterbiev Departing DAZN, Heading To ESPN 'Maturity process' done, Team Broner says upset of Pac imminent Amir Khan: I Get Called 'Terrorist' All The Time on Social Media Video: Adrien Broner Media Interview, Breaks Down Pacquiao Video: Pacquiao Discusses Broner Clash, Bob Arum, PBC Move Video: Ellerbe on Mayweather-Pacquiao Meeting, Broner, More Video: Freddie Roach Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Wilder-Fury, More Warren, Oubaali Easily Make WBC 7-Day Weight For Title Fight Amir Khan: Wilder and Fury Would Both Beat Anthony Joshua Tug Nayambayar Wants To Be Second Mongolian Champion Usyk's Team To Meet With Hearn This Week To Map Out 2019 Hearn Rips 'Geezer' Lennox Lewis For 'Talking Sh*t' on Joshua News: Derevyanchenko vs. Culcay, Barou vs. Molina, More Andrade: Boxing World Knows I'm Baddest Man Out There Fury: I'm Still Young at 30, Plenty of Exciting Nights Left in Me Roach: Broner Should Be at 135 or 140 - He Lacks Discipline Rigondeaux's Manager: We’ll Fight Anyone At 122 Or 126 Pounds Charles Frankham Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn

Latest Active Forum Threads