By Marc Livitz: Alberto “Explosivo” Machado wasted little time in the ring on Saturday night as he needed less than three minutes to dispatch of Yuandale “Money Shot” Evans and successfully defend his WBA Super Featherweight belt at the Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden in New York.
The undefeated Puerto Rican champion knocked his opponent from Cleveland down three times in less than two and a half minutes before referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the contest at the 2:25 point of the opening round.
The contest didn’t start out as a wash, as Evans tried to measure his distance and establish his jab. A few seconds later, Machado (21-0, 17 KO’s) connected with a straight left hand which sent Yuandale (20-2, 14 KO’s) to the canvas. He regained his footing, yet not for long, as Alberto tagged him with a hard left hook which led into a quick flurry of landed shots. Evans hit the mat again and didn’t look as though he was fit to continue, yet Gonzalez allowed him to stay in the fight. Another left, this time an uppercut landed and was followed by a crushing right hook. The third trip to the canvas would be his last and Evans sprawled out under the waving hands of the referee.
Machado said he was ready to take on the best in the sport after the win and that perhaps a showdown with Mexican slugger Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt could be in his future.