By Keith Idec (photos by Ed Mulholland).
NEW YORK – Alberto Machado made a sensational second defense of his 130-pound championship Saturday night.
Puerto Rico’s Machado dropped Yuandale Evans three times in the first round and needed just two minutes and 25 seconds to knock him out. Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped their fight after the strong southpaw’s crushing right hook leveled Evans on the Daniel Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko undercard in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The 28-year-old Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) made the second defense of the WBA world super featherweight title he won by knocking out Jezreel Corrales in the eighth round a year ago in Verona, New York.
Cleveland’s Evans previously had lost only to former WBA 130-pound champion Javier Fortuna, who also knocked him out in the first round of their April 2012 bout in Austin, Texas.