Yuandale Evans looks to upset Alberto Machado in New York City

Junior lightweight Yuandale Evans. Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/TrappPhotos/Showtime

Junior lightweight Yuandale Evans. Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/TrappPhotos/Showtime


Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado, 20-0 (16), will defend his WBA “regular” junior lightweight title against Yuandale Evans, 20-1 (14), on October 27, at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City.


The card, televised by longtime boxing leader HBO (in the final days of its involvement in boxing broadcasts) will be headlined by the vacant IBF world middleweight championship clash between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.


Evans is coming in off a four-fight win streak and will have been out of the ring for close to a year but knows this is the opportunity of a lifetime. And he plans to make the most of it.


The WBA’s No. 9-ranked 130-pounder was red-hot after turning pro in 2009, running up a perfect 16-0 before being drilled by Javier Fortuna in his first real test. Fortune stopped the Cleveland, Ohio-based featherweight in one round, in 2014, and Evans didn’t return to the ring until July of the following year.


Since then he has won four straight and is excited about the biggest opportunity of his boxing life that awaits in New York City on the 27th.


In a recent interview with Michael Woods of RingTV.com, Evans made it clear that he knows he is in with a talented fighter but welcomes the challenge and the title opportunity.


Junior lightweight Alberto Machado (left) vs. Rafael Mensah. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Junior lightweight Alberto Machado (left) vs. Rafael Mensah. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions


“Simple but not simple,” Evans said in describing Puerto Rican champion Machado. “I don’t discredit any fighter but for him to be that tall, he shouldn’t be fighting anybody, just boxing. He’s a puncher and everyone knows punchers have a lesson to learn. He is patient, though. In shape, always good speed, great jab, loves to rock back for the counter and uses his reach.”


While Evans certainly respects the accomplishments of the Freddie Roach-trained Machado, who is making the second defense of the title he won last October, he also predicts there will be a new champion after their bout.


“All around, he’s a great fighter. His last opponents have been OK. I will be a great test for him, as him for me. Fights like this make boxing. I don’t duck anybody and if I ever turned a fight down, it’s only because the fighter wasn’t up to par,” said Evans.


While Machado is more than “up to par,” Evans also believes he has what it takes to see the title change hands.


Prediction? “Unanimous decision and new champion,” Evans said.



Weekend Wrap


* Middleweight Rob Brant, 24-1 (16), upset WBA “regular” champion Ryota Murata, 14-2 (11), scoring a one-sided unannimous decision, on Saturday night, at the Park Theater in Las Vegas.


* On the same card, unbeaten junior welterweight “Mad Max” Maxim Dadashev, 12-0 (10), won a 10-round unanimous decision over former WBC world lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, 33-7-1 (24). An impressive step-up victory for Dadashev, who shut out DeMarco on all the cards.


* IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer, 27-4-1 (6), scored a fifth round TKO over James Tennyson, 22-3 (18), on Saturday night, in Boston, Massachusetts.


* IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez, 19-0 (12), kept his title with a split decision over Jason Moloney, 17-1 (14), in a World Boxing Super Series 118-pound quarterfinal bout, on Saturday night, in Orlando, Florida.


* WBA interim cruiserweight titlist Arsen “Feroz” Goulamirian, 24-0 (16), kept his title with a nine-round TKO over Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan, 24-6 (17), on Saturday night, in Marseille, France.


* It looks like WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner will land on either January 12 or 19 in Las Vegas.




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