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Fierro Rallies To Stop Machado On Ring City

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Fierro Rallies To Stop Machado On Ring City

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Fierro Rallies To Stop Machado On Ring City

Ring City USA Thursday night from Salinas, Puerto Rico, closed out the show with a great comeback win as Angel Fierro withstood two knockdowns to stop Alberto Machado in six rounds.

Fierro (18-1-1, 14 KOs) came into this contest as a replacement on two weeks notice and an underdog, and for the first two rounds looked every bit of it as Machado (22-3, 18 KOs) was firing on all cylinders with a knockdown from a right hook in the first round and a second knockdown from another right hook that had him down 20-16 easily after two rounds.

Fierro was almost knocked down again to close out the third round by Machado, and from this point on, this fight completely changed.

The fourth round had Fierro landing combinations and shots to the body, and even on the commentators on the NBC Sports Network broadcast, Bob Papa and Shawn Porter felt the momentum swing. The Fierro looking to make Machado’s highlight reel vanished and was replaced with one that showed no signs of wear and tear from the first three rounds.

The fifth round showed that Fierro was forcing the issue on Machado, who was being pressured and wasn’t having the success as he was in the first half.

Thirty-five seconds in the sixth round, Fierro caught Machado with a sweeping left hook, and the night of the former WBA  super featherweight champion was over. Machado tried to get up, but referee Jose Hiram Rivera waived the fight over and Fierro victorious.

It was a great way to close out the fight card, and in the battle that was promoted as Mexico vs. Puerto Rico,  Mexico won.


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