At the Albergue Olimpico, Salinas, Puerto Rico, Ring City USA, Bash Boxing – Steve Bash and Promociones Miguel Cotto – Miguel Cotto presented in the Main Event former WBA Super Feather champ Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado scored a pair of knockdowns in the first two rounds only to be knocked out by Angel “Tashiro” Fierro in the sixth round for the vacant WBO NABO Lightweight title Thursday over NBC Sports Network.
In the Main Event southpaw former WBA Super Featherweight champion “El Explosivo” Machado, 22-3 (18), #135, of San Juan, PR, was upset being knocked out by Angel “Tashiro” Fierro, 18-1-1 (14), #134 3/4, of Tijuana, Baja CA, MEX, at 0:47 of the sixth of a 10 for the WBO NABO Lightweight title.
In the first round early Machado landed a right to the chin stopping Fierro in his tracks. A right hook from Machado on the chin and down went Fierro for an 8-count with a minute left in the round. In the final seconds of the second round a right hook from Machado to the chin dropped Fierro for an 8-count. In the fourth round Fierro backed up Machado the entire round having him hurt at the bell with an overhand right to the chin. In the fifth round Fierro continued coming forward landing a left to the chin knocking out Machado who took the entire count by Jose Hiram Rivera.
“I was knocked down twice and kept telling my trainer to remind me of my daughter who I wanted this win for,” said Fierro.
In the sixth round a left to the chin from Fierro and down went Machado for the full count. All 3 judges had it 48-45 Machado after 5 rounds.
Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez, 21-1-3 (14), #117 3/4, of Las Marias, PR, ended in majority draw with Israel “Jiga” Gonzalez, 26-4-1 (11), #117, of Los Cabos, Baja CA, MEX, for vacant NABO bantam title over 10 rounds.
In the first round Gonzalez off to a good start outworking Martinez. In the second round Martinez went to the body taking a close round. In the third round Gonzalez continued to make Martinez miss quite a bit, countering him. In the fourth and fifth rounds Martinez started showing his power.
In the sixth round and seventh rounds Gonzalez continued grabbing Martinez after each exchange, feeling the power of Martinez. In the eighth round Gonzalez became the aggressor taking the next two rounds. In the tenth and final round with the bout on the line Gonzalez just didn’t seem to do enough until the final seconds. Even the referee Melva Santos looked tired barely separating the fighters in clinches.
Scores were 96-94 Gonzalez with 95-95 twice. This writer had it 96-94 Martinez.
Middle Maricela “La Diva” Cornejo, 13-5 (5), #158 1/4, of L.A., CA, lost to Alma Ibarra 8-1 (4), #156, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEX, over 8 rounds.
In the first round it was Cornejo but Ibarra came back to take the next two rounds being the aggressor. In the fourth round a right from Ibarra on the chin of Cornejo rocked her halfway through the round. In the fifth through the tenth Ibarra kept up the pressure landing rights to the chin of Cornejo.
Scores were 79-73 twice and 77-75 with this writer 79-73.
Super Flyweight Angel “Tito” Acosta, 22-2 (21), #114, of San Juan, PR, defeated Gilberto Mendoza, 17-10-3 (8), #113, of Modesto, CA, over 8 rounds.
In the seventh round Mendoz hit the canvas. All scores 79-72.
In a rematch Light Heavyweight Marco Antonio “El Muneco” Delgado, 7-2 (5), #173 ¾, of Turlock, CA, lost to Olympian southpaw “Mighty” Joe Ward, 3-1 (2), #173 ¾, of Moate, IRE, over 6 sloppy rounds.
In the first round three rounds the taller southpaw Ward took the first and third and fourth rounds with Delgado being warned for dirty tactics. In the fifth and sixth rounds it was sloppy with Ward countering the oncoming Delgado.
Scores were 60-54 with this writer 59-55. Ward lost first meeting due to knee injury.
Ward trained by former WBA Feather & Super Feather world champion Joey Gamache.
IBHOF Referee Steve “Double SS” Smoger was the TV Judge.