Machado's First Defense in March or April - Puerto Rico Possible

By Steve Kim

Alberto Machado is the new WBA super featherweight titlist after coming from behind to score a knockout of Jezreel Corrales in dramatic fashion this past weekend in Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.

After suffering a knockdown in the fifth round and getting hurt a few other times, Machado, turned things around with a perfectly placed left hand that sent Corrales down to the canvas where he was counted out in the eighth round.

Just like that, Puerto Rico has it's latest world champion.


So will Machado (who has a record of (19-0, 16 KO's) have his first title defense on his home island, which were recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria?

"I'm looking to bring him back in March or April," said Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Macahado's career along with Cotto Promotions.

"But as far as the first (title defense) being in Puerto Rico - I would love that, but it just depends on if the island is ready. A lot of the venues were damaged there."

Golden Boy had to move their upcoming ESPN show on November 16th from Puerto Rico to Cancun, Mexico because of the ongoing aftermath of the natural disaster.

As for Machado, the hard-hitting southpaw is still a diamond in the rough. But he put himself in mix as a major player at 130.

"He just won the title, he's still young and a work-in-progress. The upside is incredible on him and if Freddie (Roach) does what he does best, we're going to see a champion to reckon with," stated Gomez to

Roach was introduced to Machado by four division world champion Miguel Cotto, who himself has been working with the Hall of Fame trainer for the last few years.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 10-24-2017

[QUOTE=LOCOMEX89;18160188]Machado has a lot of upside I believe. The power is real and he has a hall of fame corner man in Freddie Roach. With the backing of both Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Machado is going to be…

Comment by ELHITMAN606 on 10-24-2017

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Comment by cotto#1p4p on 10-24-2017

Roach is crap as a trainer. Machado has regressed since he started training at the Wild Crap Gym. Plus there's a language barrier between the two.

Comment by boxingitis on 10-24-2017

[QUOTE=LOCOMEX89;18160181]I think Berchelt is under Zanfer Promotions I believe not Golden Boy. He was mandatory for Vargas and Miura was then mandatory for Berchelt.[/QUOTE] I know, but pretty Much is Goldenboy. Niether is Salido, but it was going to ge…

Comment by LOCOMEX89 on 10-24-2017

Machado has a lot of upside I believe. The power is real and he has a hall of fame corner man in Freddie Roach. With the backing of both Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Machado is going to be…

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