|Real name||Alberto Josué Machado Becerril|
|Nickname(s)||El Explosivo ("The Explosive Man")|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
September 9, 1990|
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||16|
Alberto Josué Machado Becerril (born September 9, 1990) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer who has held the WBA super featherweight title since 2017. Machado is ranked as the world's third best active super featherweight by The Ring magazine, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and Boxrec.
Machado started boxing at 10, in Monte Hatillo, San Juan. Despite being right-handed, he's boxed as a southpaw ever since. Machado won several national competitions. Machado represented Puerto Rico at the 2008 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. He won two bouts before losing in the quarterfinals to Timacoy Williams. Machado took part in the 2012 American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament but failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics as he lost to Alberto Melián in the second round. He had about 168 fights as an amateur before turning pro at 22.
Machado won his first 8 fights before competing for the USNBC super featherweight title against fellow Puerto Rican prospect Alvin Torres. Machado would prove to be too much for Torres, winning by technical knockout in the second round. Between 2015 and 2016, Machado scored five consecutive first-round knockouts. Machado's second title would be the NABO super featherweight, for which he defeated Juan José Martínez by TKO in just one round. Machado unified North American titles against NABA super featherweight titlist, Carlos Morales. Morales was knocked down on the second round before losing a wide unanimous decision (99-90, 99-90, 98-91).
Machado challenged WBA champion Jezreel Corrales on 21 October 2017. The fight headlined an HBO Boxing After Dark show. Corrales lost his title on the scales, coming in at 134 lb, 4 above the division's weight limit. Corrales started the fight dominating Machado with sharper boxing and better footwork. Machado was rocked by several punches early in the fight and he was dropped in round 5. However, Machado came out strong in round 6 and had Corrales badly hurt. Corrales resorted to holding and tackled Machado, with both fighters hit the canvas. From that point, the defending champion was unable to use his better technique to his advantage. One of his gloves touched the canvas during round 7 but the referee failed to score it a knockdown. In round 8, Machado landed a hard left hook that dropped Corrales. Corrales was unable to recover before he was counted out, giving Machado the win and the title. Machado dedicated the victory to the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As Machado was interviewed by Max Kellerman, Corrales tried to interrupt and demand a rematch but he was brushed off.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|20 fights||20 wins||0 losses|
|20||N/A||N/A||Yuandale Evans||N/A||– (12)||Oct 27, 2018||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Defending WBA (Regular) super featherweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Rafael Mensah||UD||12||Jul 21, 2018||The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA (Regular) super featherweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Jezreel Corrales||KO||8 (12), 2:18||Oct 21, 2017||Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBA (Regular) super featherweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Carlos Morales||UD||10||Aug 18, 2017||Complejo Ferial, Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|17||Win||17–0||Juan José Martínez||TKO||1 (10), 2:27||Apr 1, 2017||Complejo Ferial, Ponce, Puerto Rico|
|16||Win||16–0||Orlando Rizo||KO||2 (10), 2:38||Dec 10, 2016||Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Cataño, Puerto Rico|
|15||Win||15–0||Yardley Armenta||KO||2 (8), 0:43||Aug 6, 2016||Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Cataño, Puerto Rico|
|14||Win||14–0||Miguel Ángel Mendoza||TKO||1 (8), 2:20||Apr 23, 2016||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|13||Win||13–0||José Luis Araiza||KO||1 (8), 2:59||Feb 6, 2016||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|12||Win||12–0||Tyrone Luckey||TKO||1 (4), 2:44||Nov 21, 2015||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Álvaro Ortiz||KO||1 (8), 1:31||Jun 27 2015||Palacio de los Deportes, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico|
|10||Win||10–0||Jean Javier Sotelo||KO||1 (8), 2:19||Mar 14, 2015||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|9||Win||9–0||Alvin Torres||TKO||2 (8), 2:25||Nov 1, 2014||Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|8||Win||8–0||Eliezer Agosto||KO||4 (6), 1:54||Aug 16, 2014||Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|7||Win||7–0||Jesus Lule||KO||2 (6), 1:12||Apr 19, 2014||Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Nuwan Jayakody||TKO||2 (6), 1:34||Jan 25, 2014||Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Jesus del Valle||UD||4||Oct 26, 2013||Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert, Juncos, Puerto Rico|
|4||Win||4–0||Andrew Moreno||KO||1 (4), 1:03||Aug 8, 2013||Frontier Field, Rochester, New York, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Luis Quezada||UD||4||Apr 27, 2013||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|2||Win||2–0||Efrain Salgado||TKO||1 (4), 2:19||Feb 23, 2013||Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Cataño, Puerto Rico|
|1||Win||1–0||Alex Nazario||TKO||3 (4), 2:59||Nov 17, 2012||Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico|
- "Ratings - The Ring". The Ring. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- "RANKINGS | Transnational Boxing Rankings Board". www.tbrb.org. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- "Boxrec Rankings". Boxrec. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Everlast (14 August 2015). "Alberto Machado".
- "Alberto Machado y Carlos Morales, unificarán sus coronas NABO y NABA en el duelo estelar a 10 asaltos por ESPN2". 27 June 2017.
Title last held byJason Sosa
as Regular champion
| WBA super featherweight champion
October 21, 2017–present