Jezreel Corrales vs Alberto Machado
Panamanian super featherweight contender, Jezreel Corrales, holds the 'Super' version of the WBA 130lb world title, and he takes on unbeaten Alberto Machado, a not so well known challenger, aiming to make a statement, a fighter trained by world renowned trainer, Freddie Roach.
Disappointingly, Corrales weighs in at a round up number of 134 lbs, not a pound and a half below the limit of the weight category above him, obviously, unable to make the weight in the extra time he could claim, it was clear that he would lose his title, which he does, meaning the title is winnable only for Machado, who does make the weight.
It looks like the unbeaten fighter who didn't lose his title through defeat, is on his way to putting a blemish on the challenger's record, preventing him from winning the belt. After 7 rounds, it seems like Machado has won a round, or more likely 2, but Corrales, though not winning a world title or defending one on this occasion, is comfortably ahead in the fight.
In round 8, Machado lands a fantastic counter punch which catches Corrales off guard, and drops him heavily, pretty much out of nowhere, Corrales shows the guts and desire to get up off the deck, but he looks very dazed, unsteady on his feet, and like the referee is making the correct split second decision as he stops the fight.
Alberto Machado pulls off a great upset, wins in impressive form, and becomes a world champion, making a name for himself in world class boxing.