|CAGUAS, P.R. – Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto “Explosivo” Machado work on Saturday night vanished at the 2:59 mark of the very first round when a tremendous left hook by the Monte Hatillo resident stopped Ariza. It was the fourth straight first round knockout for Machado who upped his record 13-0 with 11 knockouts. “I was surprised that the punch did so much damage, because it came after a clinch, but it is a punch we practice in the gym and call the ‘Hammer Punch,’” said the 25 year old boxer. With the win, Machado left Araiza’s record at 34-14-2 with 25 knockouts. The fight was the main event of a card at the Coliseum Roger L. Mendoza that was promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports as part of the EMMY nominee series Boxeo al Maximo.In the co-main event of the night Abner “Pin” Cotto (19-3, 9 KOs), who is now fighting at 140 pounds, stopped Edwin ‘Bazoka’ López (26-6-1, 24 KOs) in the first 22 seconds of the first round of an eight-round bout. “You always prepare yourself to fight as long as you have to, but thank God this time the big punches came in the first round,” said Cotto of Aguas Buenas. The finishing punches came on a left hook and over hand right, the right-hand landed on the chin perfectly, and his opponent landed on canvas, done for the night. He added, “My goal is come back in May and keep on conditioning.”
In other action, Yomar ‘MagAlamo of Aguas Buenas took home a unanimous six round decision in the junior welterweight division over Gabriel Diaz (5-10-1) of Guayama. He now holds a record of 9-0 with seven knockouts. “He was well prepared and it showed. He took my punches very well, but after the fight I was told he went to the hospital to get checked out,” said Alamo. “I was able to control the fight with my boxing and now I gained more experience. This was the first time I have gone the distance and in the sixth and last round I was still fast and fighting my fight with no problems.” In the rest of the card, former Puerto Rico national team member middleweight Magdiel Cotto won 2-0 when his opponent Joseph Valazquez, who was making his professional debut, did not come out for the second round. Velazquez was down once in the first round and said he hurt his right hand. Meanwhile, super bantamweight Richy Rodriguez (6-0-1, 4 KOs) continues undefeated with a six round majority decision over Eduardo Melendez (5-20, 1 KO) of Santa Isabel. In a flyweight bout, Charlie Clemente (10-0, 4 KOs) of Carolina scored a unanimous decision over Alexis Diaz (3-6-2, 3 KOs) of Toa Baja. Kelvin Nuñez (13-0, 11 KOs) of Carolina defeated roughed Jonuel Tapia (8-6-1, 5 KOs) of Aguas Buenas by way of TKO in the fourth round. Additionally, Nick Colella (7-1 y 5 KOs) of Bayamon stopped Revlon Lake (7-13-2 y 1 KO) of Guyana and Carlos Colón (2-0 y 1 KOs) took home a majority decision over José Carmona (1-4 y 1 KO) of Carolina, in a super featherweight four bout.