There was some question as to how former junior lightweight titleholder Alberto Machado might look tonight after back-to-back losses to Andrew Cancio earlier this year, but he returned to the same building — the Fantasy Springs in Indio, California — and stopped Luis Porozo in the second round to break his losing streak.
Machado (22-2, 18 KO) was moving up to lightweight for this fight, as many felt he should have done after the first loss to Cancio. Instead, he rolled the dice and tried to get the belt back, leading an even quicker stoppage in the rematch.
It was Cancio’s body attack that did the Puerto Rican southpaw in earlier this year in their two meetings, and it was the body attack of Machado that finished off Ecuador’s Porozo (14-2, 7 KO) in this one. Some quick, sharp lefts to the body dropped Porozo three times, and on the third knockdown he was counted out.
It’s worth noting that in the sort amount of time before Machado beat him down, Porozo did have a little success, so we’ll have to see how the 29-year-old Machado fares against better opposition at 135 pounds next year. But there’s no doubt he can crack (that’s never been a question), and he’ll always have that.
Machado has his mind set on a particular next opponent, too.
“I feel stronger than ever before,” Machado said after the fight. “I think I did well and made good adjustments. He’s a tough fighter. I’m happy I’m able to end the year on a positive note with the victory. I think I’m ready for the big challenges, I’m ready for a big fight against another former world champion. Come on, Francisco Vargas, let’s do it.”