School has been out for more than three months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop Gabriel Muratalla from teaching a lesson in the ring.
The pre-school teacher and bantamweight prospect made quick work of Fernando Robles, steamrolling the Pearland, Texas native in a 1st round knockout Thursday evening at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Right hands rocked and dropped Robles, forcing the stoppage at 2:33 of round one in their ESPN-televised bantamweight preliminary bout.
Action was one way in favor of Muratalla, who was making his United States debut. The mild-mannered 26-year old from Fontana, California took the fight to Robles, who entered with a two-fight losing streak and seemed resigned to take his third straight defeat.
Muratalla was effective with his left hook to the body, but it was two right hands which eventually closed the show. The first drove Robles (2-3, KOs) back to the ropes, barely picking off a left hook downstairs but struggled to keep his unbeaten opponent at bay. Another right hand by Muratalla closed the show, with a left hook landing for good measure. Robles was done for the night, as recognized by referee Robert Byrd who halted the contest.
The early finish delivers Muratalla (3-0, 3KOs) his third consecutive 1st round knockout, though this marking his first stateside fight and televised appearance.
“It’s so wild. It was an experience and I’m happy I did my thing,” Muratalla told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna. “I tried to hit the body, his hand was there. It looked kind of ugly but I was able to land it.”
The bout served in supporting capacity to a featherweight clash between Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18KOs) and Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox