Tonight at 10 pm ET on HBO, Jezreel Corrales returns in the main event of HBO Boxing After Dark, facing Alberto Machado in a 130-pound title main event.
Corrales (22-1, 8 KO) is on a good run, beating Takashi Uchiyama twice and Robinson Castellanos in his July HBO debut. Machado (18-0, 15 KO) is a top prospect and power puncher who is stepping up in class. It’s an interesting matchup, with Machado having power and size, and Corrales experience and craft on his side.
In the co-feature, Demetrius Andrade (24-0, 16 KO) steps up to the middleweight class with a possibly dangerous matchup with 6’4” prospect Alantez Fox (23-0-1, 11 KO). Andrade is hoping to get into the high-level middleweight mix with his new HBO deal, into fights with Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, or Daniel Jacobs. Meanwhile, Fox has a big shot to make waves of his own.
HBO will also show a tape delay airing of Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9 KO) and Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18 KO) in a bantamweight title unification bout.
Wil Esco will be here with live round by round coverage. Join us!
- Alberto Machado def. Jezreel Corrales by KO (2:18 of Round 8)
- Demetrius Andrade def. Alantez Fox by UD (118-110, 118-109, 116-111)
- Ryan Burnett def. Zhanat Zhakiyanov by UD (118-110, 119-109, 116-112)
Round By Round
Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado
Round 1: Corrales comes out looking a little jittery to me. That said, Corrales launches an attack to the head and body and Machado just braces for impact. Hard right hand from Corrales seems to get Machado's strict attention! Corrales is trying to get the jump on Machado early and is having good success. Corrales jumps in again but the southpaw-orthodox match-up results in an accidental head clash. Hard left hand lands again for Corrales. Corrales 10-9.
Round 2: Machado comes out and tries to establish a jab but Corrales is able to evade the shots pretty well. Hard counter left hand lands for Corrales! And another one! Machado can't keep taking shots like this if the fight is going to last very much longer. Corrales has homed in with that overhand left and is throwing it with regularity now. Machado finally slips one but then gets caught by another and Corrales tees off with an deliberate assault! Corrales 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Machado has to figure out a way to evade that left hand quick or there's gonna be some real trouble for him. Corrales has landed 30 power punches to Machado's 10 at this point in the fight. Another left hand lands for Corrales! My lord, the same punch is landing with frightening regularity and Machado hasn't made any adjustment yet — not a good sign. Machado tries to turn the tables and leads with three punches but they fall short. Now Machado lands perhaps his best punch of the fight. Corrales tries to get his timing back so he can land that left hand and gets one in downstairs. Corrales 10-9.
Round 4: Overhand left lands again for Corrales. Machado pumps two jabs but can't find the range. Two hard body shots land on Machado and Corrales mouthpiece falls out in the process. The referee calls timeout to get it back in and we're back in action. Machado is feinting better now so he can try to line up Corrales but he doesn't have the distance down. Now Corrales shakes up Machado with a right hand! Corrales 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Corrales using his foot movement to keep Machado second-guessing his offense and then catches Machado in the midst of his indecisiveness. Corrales drops Machado with a left hand! Machado gets back to his feet and beats the count. Now Corrales comes right after Machado looking to land another one of those left hands he's been landing all fight. Corrales assaults Machado along the ropes and the bigger man in the ring is starting to look like the smaller man. Corrales 10-8.
Round 6: Machado comes out with a much tighter guard than he has been using. Corrales, like a snake charmer, moves left, right, stops, then jabs Machado. Machado is having a hard time coping with Corrales in the ring. Even HBO's Max Kellerman is saying this main event isn't up to HBO standards. Now Machado catches Corrales causing Corrales to hold on tight and both fighters hit the floor. Corrales looks like he's hurt to end the round. Machado 10-9.
Round 7: Machado gets hurt badly with another overhand left! Machado looks like he's in bad shape but he's holding on well for the moment. Both fighters are doing lots of holding in this round and the referee calls a timeout to warn both fighters about it. Another hard left lands for Corrales. Corrales 10-9.
Round 8: Machado seems to have regained his composure and is looking to land some jabs. Overhand left lands for Corrales — sound familiar? Corrales smothers Machado when he gets uncomfortable with the distance and now gets back on the outside, looking for counter opportunities. Hard left hook lands on Corrales and drops him! Corrales gets up but the referee waves it off. Machado KO-8.
Demetrius Andrade vs. Alantez Fox
Round 1: Andrade hurts Fox right out the gate with an overhand left and then pours on the pressure to see if he can end it early! Fox survives the moment and we settle back into a boxing match for the time being. Andrade tries to get the timing down on his counter shots and is landing some really sharp ones. Hard left hand lands for Andrade to end the round. Andrade 10-9.
Round 2: Fox comes out and tries to stay behind his height and reach advantages in this round. Andrade is stalking forward, taking his time, and then tries to rip a couple punches that Fox is just able to pull away from. Another hard left hand lands for Andrade who then clips Fox with a right hook. My god, can I just say that Fox looks freakishly tall! He should be on the parquet somewhere dunking from his tippie toes. Anyways, Fox has height and reach, but not the experience or craft of Andrade, and it's showing. Andrade 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: HBO stats says that Andrade controlled the center of the ring for 60% of that round. That's a new thing and I don't know what that means by their definition but I do know that Andrade is in full control of this fight and that Fox is obviously overmatched. Fox is lanky but can't seem to generate much power on his punches — poor leverage. I get the sense Fox is fighting just to survive. Andrade 10-9.
Round 4: Andrade is slicker, quicker, and more precise than Fox. But with Fox trying to stay at a distance where he simply can't get hurt, even if that means he can't hurt Andrade in return, will Andrade try to pour on the pressure to make a statement? So far he's been patient and calculating. Three punches land for Andrade as he gets Fox in middle range. Andrade lands a hard left. Andrade 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Hard left to the body lands for Andrade after showing Fox a right jab. Another left to the body lands for Andrade. Fox gets in a body shot, maybe the first I've seen him land. Andrade is having fun in the ring, bouncing around on his toes, showing off his footwork, and then stops and pops Fox. Andrade on cruise control. Andrade 10-9.
Round 6: Fox's corner tells him that trying one punch at a time isn't going to work. It's not. But I get the sense that Fox doesn't want to open himself up to Andrade's power after getting shook up in the first. Hard left to the body lands for Andrade. And if I'm not saying much about what Fox is doing in this fight, it's because he's not doing much. Andrade 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Fox's trainer estimates his fighter only threw about 9 punches in the last round and chastises him about it in between rounds. Andrade clips Fox with a right hook as Fox steps in a little. Andrade slips on the Tecate sign as Fox lands a shot and falls on the mat. The punch wasn't hard, and not the reason Andrade went down, but it's officially scored a knockdown. Wow. What a way to get on the board in a fight. Fox 10-8 (officially, I suppose).
Round 8: Replay confirms that Andrade's feet got tangled which caused the knockdown. Oh well. Andrade comes out aggressive this round and throws a handful of punches, so perhaps that was a blessing in disguise. Hard shots land for Andrade to the body and head. Fox lands a straight right hand. Andrade comes right back and throws a straight left to the body, then shoots a jab. Andrade showboats a little bit to emphasize that he's in control at center ring. Andrade 10-9, 78-73.
Round 9: Andrade goes back downstairs with a body shot before skirting to his right and throwing a jab. Andrade throws a lead left hand and then a right hook that catches Fox clean. Now Andrade lands a one-one-two on Fox, followed by a right hook to the body. Fox throws a few more punches in this round than he has all fight — at least it feels that way — but the talent disparity is still there. Andrade 10-9.
Round 10: There's not much to say about this fight other than Andrade is just clearly better than Fox. Fox is hesitant to really come out of his shell because he doesn't want to get blitzed again, and Andrade can't close the show easily because Fox is so tall, long, and fairly coordinated. Andrade lands a jab and left hand again and Fox felt those. 114-24 in total power punches landed through this point in the fight in favor of Andrade. 'Nuff said. Andrade 10-9, 98-91.
Round 11: Andrade still in control, and Fox can't bring himself to sellout for the win. That's where we're at. Andrade landing to the body and head a little easier now, but Fox is just content to stay at as far a distance as he can. Andrade 10-9.
Round 12: Andrade's trainer told him that he can coast through this round, so don't expect much fireworks here. Andrade is taking his time, not taking any chances, and Fox glad to have the space and opportunity — to avoid more punches. Andrade 10-9. BLH scores the fight for Andrade, 118-109.
Ryan Burnett vs. Zhanat Zhakiyanov
Round 1: Zhakiyanov comes out and gets right in Burnett's chest, but Burnett is able to land body shots on the inside. Zhakiyanov press forward again after a break from the referee and Burnett meets him with a right hand. This fight is a phone booth fight right off the bat as Zhakiyanov closes distance without hesitation, but almost too much so as he's smothering his own offense. Burnett is getting off cleaner shots in the opening round, despite Zhakiyanov's pressure. Burnett 10-9.
Round 2: Zhakiyanov literally leaps out of his corner to charge Burnett. Zhakiyanov gets in a few shots on the inside now. Sharp jab lands for Burnett as he paces himself walking backwards, timing Zhakiyanov's forward momentum. Hard left hook to the body lands for Burnett. Burnett is able to land a couple sneaky shots on the inside as the fighters' arm get tangled. This fight is being fought completely at close range. Burnett lands a right hand after pumping two jabs. Hard left hook lands for Zhakiyanov. Close, close round to score, I'm leaning slightly towards Burnett. Burnett 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Early in the third round and the fighters are back in each others faces. Zhakiyanov lands a nice left uppercut on the inside. Burnett answers backs with a left hook to the body. Zhakiyanov lands a right hand to the body but Burnett throws three punchs back in return. Hard left hook and then a right hand lands for Zhakiyanov. Zhakiyanov won't give Burnett a moment of reprieve but Burnett looks like he prepared for this kind of sustained pressure. Zhakiyanov 10-9.
Round 4: Hard right hand to the body lands for Zhakiyanov. Burnetts throws two punches on the inside. This fight is really sloppy in some ways but it's not a boring fight by any means. Burnett lands two left uppercuts as the fighters are again tangled on the inside. Zhakiyanov tries a three-punch combination with little success, but then tries again and does a little better. Another hard round to score. I'm giving Burnett the slight edge again. Burnett 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Zhakiyanov rushes Burnett into a corner and attacks the body. Burnett gets back to center ring, walks backwards, and meets Zhakiyanov with a hard jab. Zhakiyanov gets back inside and lands a right uppercut. Burnett again throws a few punches in return, landing a couple. Burnett times a nice left hook over Zhakiyanov's right which is the best punch of the round. Burnett lands two body shots and the fighters are right back chest-to-chest. Burnett 10-9.
Round 6: Zhakiyanov comes out again applying pressure straightaway. Burnett stops fighting momentarily, complaining of a shot to the throat it seems. Burnett doubles left hooks to the head and body. Burnett gets warned about either holding or using his head on the inside by the referee — hard to hear. Zhakiyanov lands a couple hooks. Zhakiyanov has Burnett on the ropes and looks to land some hard shots. Another hard round to score. Ugh. Zhakiyanov 10-9? 56-58.
Round 7: Zhakiyanov comes out fast but throws a lot more punches this time, with some good success. Zhakiyanov mauls Burnett again along the ropes but Burnett pivots and throws a three-punch combination. Burnett lands hooks on both sides of Zhakiyanov's body but Zhakiyanov walks right through them. Now Burnett lands a solid right hand which snaps Zhakiyanov's head. Burnett landed the best punches of the round. Burnett 10-9.
Round 8: Zhakiyanov's trainer, Ricky Hatton, tells his fighter that he needs a knockout because it's a close fight on Burnett's home turf. Burnett presses the fight for a change and appears to catch Zhakiyanov off guard a little. Hard left uppercut to the body lands for Burnett. Burnett is often holding Zhakiyanov's arm, away from the referee's view, then letting it go and hitting Zhakiyanov. Whatever works, I guess. Burnett 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Burnett lands a left hook to open the round. Burnett appears to have more gas in the tank over the past couple of rounds but Zhakiyanov hasn't packed it in just yet. Burnett lands a right hand following a jab and is changing up his rhythm on Zhakiyanov which has thrown Zhakiyanov off. Zhakiyanov gets his bearings back and gets back after Burnett but I think it's too late in the round. Burnett 10-9.
Round 10: We're back in the phone booth, well, we've never left, but Burnett is getting off better placed punches in close. Zhakiyanov lands two body shots, then two more moments later. Zhakiyanov is working hard right now. Right hook lands for Zhakiyanov. Bother fighters throw punches to the bell. Burnett just edges it I think. Burnett 10-9, 98-92.
Round 11: Zhakiyanov comes out stalking, walks into a couple of jabs. Zhakiyanov marches forward anyway and backs Burnett into a corner and lets go some shots. Hard punches to the body and head lands for Burnett. Zhakiyanov goes back to the body with a right hand of his own. Burnett lands an uppercut on the inside and continue to land the more accurate shots, despite Zhakiyanov's constant pressure. Burnett 10-9.
Round 12: Burnett is on his bike a in this closing round, moving on the outside until Zhakiyanov tracks him down. Now Burnett has to fight Zhakiyanov off of him and the two exchange punches. Zhakiyanov lands a nice left hook. Zhakiyanov lands a few shots on the inside, and now Burnett throws a few back, both fighters mixing it up. Fun round 12. Burnett has just proven to be the more polished fighter. Zhakiyanov takes the final round 10-9 for me, but loses the fight. Burnett 117-111.