Alberto Machado vs Rafael Mensah

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Alberto Machado vs Rafael Mensah
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Date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Location: 
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
130
Titles at Stake: 
WBA (Regular) Super Featherweight World Title
Referee: 
Tony Weeks

Official Judging
Chris Flores 120 - 107
Robert Hoyle 120 - 107
Max DeLuca 120 - 107

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Alberto Machado
                                                                    
10
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Rafael Mensah
                                                                    
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Fan Cards: Alberto Machado vs Rafael Mensah


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ALBERTO MACHADO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL MENSAH
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107


scorecard by ZAC.RJ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ALBERTO MACHADO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL MENSAH
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ALBERTO MACHADO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL MENSAH
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107


scorecard by TJK146114
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ALBERTO MACHADO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL MENSAH
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ALBERTO MACHADO
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
120
RAFAEL MENSAH
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
107


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Always great to see a battle of the unbeatens!

Alberto Machado is unbeaten, untested, but he trains with Freddie Roach, he is a world champion, and with his latest win, he has to be taken seriously as a contender. Machado knocked out Jezreel Corrales, won the WBA title, displayed his power, and with a 84 KO percentage, it looks like he can hit. Machado is 27, a new champion, 19-0, so now is probably the time when he will try to build a name for himself. If Machado defends his title, builds his name, then I think in the future a unification fight is possible, Bercelt, Davis, Dib vs Farmer winner, Diaz vs Ito winner, he has a lot to prove though, Machado, and probably won't be in a unification this year.

Rafael Mensah is good, 31-0, great record, 74% KOs, puncher, his BoxRec doesn't say his age. Africans are very, very rarely not in great shape, prepared for 12 rounds, so Mensah, especially as an unbeaten fighter in his own right, won't just show up for the money, have a go, he'll be very confident he can win. Mensah is coming off almost a year's break, not great preparation for this fight, he had 3 fights in 2017, but he has not had a 10 round fight since 2015, he hasn't had a 12 round fight since 2014, and he has had 3 12 round fights in his career, and they were all within his own continent, two of them, Pan African title fights. Mensah had 5 small fights (8 rounds scheduled) in 2016 and 17.

In terms of general experience, 12 more fights, 2 more years, but in terms of levels, Machado being the champion and coming off a world title win obviously, and in 2017, having NABO title fights, when Mensah was having 8 round fights, he's just been competing at a higher level, Machado, but interestingly, in Machado's first 16 fights, I don't think he was fighting at a higher level than Mensah, he didn't have a 10 round fight, not a title fight, until after 16 fights, at which point, Mensah had already won title fights for his continent as Machado did last year, so historically, there might not be much of a difference, however, North America, for boxing, is a far more competitive continent than Africa, and in terms of timing, momentum, you lean towards Machado because it is him ehi is coming of the year of title fights and the world title win which really is one of the real differences between these two fighters, and Mensah, fought in title fights a few years back, but in recent years, it has been 8 rounders, so in terms if timing, you'd favour Machado. They are both punchers, but Machado has the better KO ratio, I think he is the puncher, but Mensah can punch as well.

This is hard to predict, but I think Machado is a level above Mensah, I think it will be a very competitive fight, Machado might struggle, find it tough, Mensah has been 12 rounds, Machado hasn't, and Machado does have more experienced going past 4 rounds, although, Machado just went past 7 twice in a row, so he might not struggle with the distance. I think Machado will have the heavier hands in the first 6 rounds, he's tall for the weight, he will probably do the good work, but I think Mensah will stand his ground, rally, hit Machado with some good shots, make it hard for Machado to look good, but I think Machado will fight him, I think in a dogfight, he might just come out on top as well, Machado, do slightly more damage. I think Mensah might get the best of the championship rounds, maybe being behind, needing the last round or two, fighting with urgency, and it would be his second time doing rounds 11 and 12, it would be completely new to Machado.

I think Macado wins a UD (116-112/117-111 maybe), defends his title. Machado doesn't have to look good in this fight, he is the champion, if Mensah is tough, pushes him, doesn't let him have an easy night, and he looks like a champion who is in Davis's, Berchelt's way, he can be an underestimated champion, and an underestimated champion can do very well, defending against tough opponents, fighting opponents who don't have names but are good, and then doing better than expected at the unification level.

Champion97's picture

Haven't seen the fight and probably won't see it, but for Machado that he went 12 rounds, and got a shutout.