Alberto Machado wanted to give a show for his Puerto Rican fans at Madison Square Garden and sure enough, he gave them one.
Although it was a quick fight, Machado made a statement to the rest of the super featherweight division with a first-round TKO victory over Yuandale Evans. Machado retained his WBA “regular” super featherweight world title for the second time with that victory.
It all started with a straight left hand from Machado which dropped Evans a little more than a minute into the first round. Once Evans got up, Machado eventually scored another knockdown at the end of a flurry of punches. Evans got back up a second time, but he appeared dazed and confused. The fight continued, but Machado easily threw a combination of punches that dropped Evans and left him lying on his back and unable to get back on his feet.
After the fight, Machado stated that he would like to face former world champion Francisco Vargas. That call-out came a little more than a week after Vargas stated he was looking at two offers for his next fight which was a WBC title eliminator versus Eduardo Hernandez and a title fight against Machado.
The fight took place in the co-main event of HBO’s latest boxing broadcast from Madison Square Garden. The card was headlined by Daniel Jacobs’ split decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko to win the IBF middleweight title.
Machado won the WBA title with a knockout victory over Jezreel Corrales in the main event of an HBO card in 2017.