Machado Could Face Gamboa, Vargas or Mensah on Canelo-GGG

By Miguel Rivera

WBA super featherweight champion Alberto "El Explosivo" Machado could very well make his fist world title defense on May 5th, as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to the middleweight rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Machado, whose career is managed by the Miguel Cotto Promotions, captured the title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) with a sensational knockout of Jezreel Corrales last year in an HBO televised clash.

If Machado is positioned in that direction, there are three options being considered.

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Among the options if Ghanaian contender Rafael Mensah (31-0 and 23KO's), who is ranked second under the WBA. And the other two are a pair of former champions, Olympic gold medal winner Yuriorkis Gamboa and tough Mexican Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas.

Gamboa is coming back from what some felt was a controversial decision win over Jason Sosa, while Vargas bounced back from his first career defeat with a decision win over Stephen Smith last December.

If Machado goes in another direction, it would be possible come in the form of being the headliner of an HBO televised date on May 12, against one the three previously mentioned names.

"For Machado we have two options. He could open the pay per view of the May 5 event, as he could also be part of another event on the HBO platform on May 12," explained Héctor Soto, vice president of Miguel Cotto Promotions, to Carlos Narvaez.

 "Those two options are the ones that are being negotiated right now and will face the best fighter available. They have mentioned Mensah, who is from the stable of fighters belonging to Don King, Gamboa and Francisco Vargas."

Machado has a perfect record of 19-0 and 16 knockouts and he is quickly being pushed as one of the fast rising stars in the boxing market of Puerto Rico boxing market.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 02-09-2018

His trainer needs to turn it up a notch with preparations! He's the weakest champ at 130, he loses to Berchelt, Lomachenko, Tank, Farmer,etc. He may even lose to Vargas, Roman, Salido! I'll give it to him tho, he showed…

Comment by 285Kid on 02-08-2018

HBO need a new matchmaker

Comment by yankees7448 on 02-08-2018

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;18472956]Not sold on machado he is very robotic, slow and hittable and his chin is questionable. He was hurt bad by Carlos morales who has zero power. Was losing to corrales and hurt multiple times before the knockdown. Which corrales…

Comment by Johnston on 02-08-2018

K don't think machado is nothing special but he proved he has serious heart in that Corrales fight who had him hurt in practically every round. At this stage i think he beats gamboa, him and vargas would be a…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 02-08-2018

Not sold on machado he is very robotic, slow and hittable and his chin is questionable. He was hurt bad by Carlos morales who has zero power. Was losing to corrales and hurt multiple times before the knockdown. Which corrales…

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