Angel Fierro rose from the canvas twice en path to a surprising comeback knockout win within the sixth spherical towards former world champion Alberto Machado as the most recent chapter of the long-lasting Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ring rivalry was written within the Ring Metropolis USA primary occasion, reside on NBC Sports activities Community from Albergue Olimpico (Olympic Middle) in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Tijuana’s Fierro (18-1-1, 14 KOs) handed Machado (22-3, 18 KOs) of Rio Piedras his first skilled loss in Puerto Rico, following a scorching begin from the previous junior light-weight world champion. Machado, 30, scored a knockdown in every of the primary two rounds with well-placed right-hand counter punches. Fierro displayed a sturdy chin and beat the depend simply each instances, signaling that he was not damage by the crunching energy punches. Fierro was down 48-45 on all three judges’ scorecards on the time of the stoppage.
“I’m completely satisfied, I confronted a top-notch fighter tonight in Alberto Machado,” mentioned Fierro, who was a three-to-one underdog. “He’s world class and dropped me twice. However I’m ecstatic that I used to be capable of come again and beat a fighter of his caliber.”
The 22-year-old light-weight turned the combat round within the fourth spherical as he devoted himself to a vicious physique assault towards Machado. The physique work paid dividends as he discovered openings all through the fifth and sixth spherical, finally resulting in a vicious left hand that despatched the previous titlist to the canvas for the primary and solely time within the combat. Fierro credited discovering his second wind to his two-year-old daughter again in Mexico.
“He dropped me twice to start with of the combat,” added Fierro. “After I bought again to my nook, I informed them, ‘remind me of my daughter.’ As a result of with this combat I can change her life and that’s precisely what they did after the third spherical. They motivated me and that’s precisely what I did.”
Previous to the combat, Fierro informed the Ring Metropolis USA broadcast workforce, “the very best decide is a knockout while you’re preventing in another person’s hometown.” The Mexican warrior, who changed undefeated prospect Hector Tanajara on one week’s discover, delivered on his promise to take issues into his personal arms.
“We discovered loads of gaps in Machado’s recreation within the sixth spherical,” acknowledged Fierro. “I took benefit of them and I turned it round. I informed you within the interview (earlier than the combat), I didn’t come right here to be a vacationer in Puerto Rico. I got here right here to win.”
Instantly previous the principle occasion, Eire’s Joe Ward (3-1, 2 KOs) avenged his solely skilled loss with a dominating unanimous resolution victory over Marco Delgado (7-2, 5 KOs) of their six-round gentle heavyweight tilt. In October 2019, the 15-time Irish Nationwide Champion Ward confronted Delgado in his skilled debut and suffered a dislocated kneecap which led to a technical knockout victory for the Turlock, Calif. native. Underneath the tutelage of two-division world champion Joey Gamache, the 29-year-old Ward displayed his spectacular novice pedigree as he makes an attempt to fast-track his professional profession.
Within the second combat of the telecast, Alma Ibarra (7-1, 4 KOs) earned a hard-fought unanimous resolution over Maricela Cornejo (13-4, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight combat. Two of the ringside judges scored seven rounds for Ibarra (79-73) whereas the third noticed it 77-75 for the winner. Ibarra, who hails from Monterrey, Mexico, introduced the combat to the Los Angeles native all through the combat and was the far busier fighter.
“Now the world is aware of who Alma Ibarra is and what she is fabricated from,” mentioned the victor. “To everybody, I used to be a stranger. And to combat towards somebody who may be very acknowledged worldwide in Maricela Cornejo and beat her, this opened many doorways for us.”
Ibarra, 32, returned from a 16-month layoff following her first skilled defeat towards Raquel Miller in 2019. Ibarra, who had a profitable novice profession, seemed snug as she commanded the ring towards the seasoned skilled in 33-year-old Cornejo. Ibarra, a pure welterweight, was preventing on the heaviest weight of her profession (156 lbs.).
“I felt superb, very robust, as this can be a division that I’m not used to,” mentioned Ibarra. “I all the time combat in decrease divisions, we needed to go up two divisions to take this nice alternative, and effectively, I believe we weren’t mistaken to take this threat.”
Within the co-main occasion of the night, which kicked off the four-fight primary card on NBC Sports activities Community, Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (21-1-3, 14 KOs) of Mayaguez, P.R. and Israel Gonzalez (26-4-1, 11 KOs) of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, fought to a majority draw of their 10-round bantamweight affair. Whereas one ringside decide gave Gonzalez, 24, the sting on the scorecards (96-94), the remaining two judges scored it identically at 95-95. Ring Metropolis’s unofficial scorer Steve Smoger had Gonzalez edging the hometown fighter 97-93.
“I felt his punches, however I used to be the superior fighter tonight,” mentioned Gonzalez. “He may need gained three rounds but it surely’s OK. I’m grateful to Puerto Rico and all the folks that gave me a possibility to be right here.”
The 28-year-old Martinez did his greatest work on the within as he tried to neutralize the five-inch attain benefit of the youthful Gonzalez and led on two of the scorecards via the halfway level of the combat. In the meantime, Gonzalez flashed glorious hand pace within the back-and-forth affair and stole lots of the later rounds when he discovered his second wind. This marked the third draw for Martinez over his final seven fights and the primary for Gonzalez.
“I really feel completely satisfied, glad with the work I did,” mentioned Martinez. “I perceive that I used to be preventing towards a powerful opponent and that I gained. I pushed extra. I used to be on high of him, however this stuff occur in boxing. Now it’s a matter of constant to coach, preserve myself and search that title alternative.”
Following the co-main occasion between Martinez and Gonzalez, Ring Metropolis USA paid tribute to the late Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who died on the age of 66 on Saturday. A member of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame, Hagler reigned because the undisputed middleweight champion for a number of years and took part in a number of basic bouts within the Nineteen Eighties.
“The attractive a part of Marvelous Marvin Hagler, in case you had the prospect to be round him, is that he was genuine,” mentioned blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa. “Simply as he was within the ring was how he handled you outdoors of the ring. He’s actually one of many biggest champions of all time.”
Earlier within the night, reside on Twitch within the U.S. and around the globe, Angel Acosta (22-2, 21 KOs) of Barrio Obrero Santurce, Puerto Rico, earned a victory on the scorecards for the primary time in his skilled profession, incomes a unanimous resolution over Gilberto Mendoza (17-10-3, 8 KOs) of Baja California, Mexico, in an eight-round tremendous flyweight combat. Combating in his hometown of Salinas, Edwin Valentin (10-0, 9 KOs) remained good with a fifth-round technical knockout victory over fellow Puerto Rican Hector Marengo (7-15-4, 4 KOs). Within the opening combat of the night, Jose Roman (11-0, 5 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, bested Roque Junco (10-8-1, 6 KOs) through unanimous resolution in an eight-round welterweight combat.
Calling all of the motion ringside in Puerto Rico was former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter joined by NBC Sports activities blow-by-blow commentator Bob Papa. Brian Campbell served as combat night time analyst with Curran Bhatia reporting from ringside. The chief producers of tonight’s presentation of Ring Metropolis USA: Machado vs. Fierro on NBC Sports activities Community have been Eric Weinberger, Jeff Huggins & Frank Samuel. The telecast was produced by David Gibson and directed by Matt Celli.
Tonight’s full four-fight telecast will likely be out there to observe on-demand on the NBC Sports activities App with authenticated sign-in.
Ring Metropolis USA returns subsequent Thursday, March 25 on NBC Sports activities Community to shut out its three-event residency in Puerto Rico as one of many greatest fights in ladies’s boxing will take heart stage between seven-division world champion and future Boxing Corridor of Famer Amanda Serrano and three-division titlist Daniela Bermudez for Serrano’s WBO and WBC featherweight world titles. Comply with Ring Metropolis USA on Fb, Twitter and Instagram for the most recent updates or go to www.ringcityusa.com for extra data.