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Ghana’s Rafael “Sweet Pea” Mensah fail to pass a single test in his 12-round bout against Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado on Saturday, July 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

The highly anticipated fight turned out to be a mismatch after all as the gutsy southpaw [Rafael Mensah] was looking like a bull in a Chinese shop throughout the rounds.

Below is the round-by-round analyses of the fight:

Round 1

Machado halfway through the round has had his way standing in front of Mensah until he delivered a right hook to the chin knocking Mensah down with less than fifteen seconds left in the round. Ghanaian fighters are known to fight a bunch of stiffs from their own country in order to build up their records, but Mensah [31] looked ordinary.

Round 2

Machado is looking for the knockout having found the space early on but Mensah is not daring to mix it up with the stronger puncher Machado.

Round 3

Machado continues to stalk Mensah who walked in the ring with his new promoter Don King. While Machado is trained by Freddie Roach and it shows, Mensah on the other hand has never been in [the ring] with a puncher like Machado throughout his career and he is not throwing much in return either.

Round 4

Machado continues landing right hooks to the body of his opponent but in close he was warned by referee Tony Weeks for grabbing him from the back of the neck and leaning on him. Machado had Mensah out on his feet after slipping a jab and landing a solid left to the chin of Mensah in what is turning out to be a mismatch as he was saved by the bell.

Round 5

Mensah got much swelling on the left side of his face which could possibly be a broken jaw. The fight should be stopped but Weeks [referee] is allowing it to go on and Mensah’s corner would obviously not stop their fighter from taking a beating. After taking a solid left to the side of his right cheek bone Mensah is looking to his corner to save him by stopping the fight perhaps. Why a ring physician didn’t check out Mensah’s jaw is simply unbelievable. Where is the commissioner?

Round 6

Mensah is hanging in there but has no chance to hurt Machado who is using him for target practice. One of the corner men of Mensah motioned to the ring physician pointing to the jaw of Mensah and the ring physician never moved.

Round 7

Machado continues with the onslaught but not trying to knock him out for some reason. The ring physician finally did his job by checking Mensah.

Round 8

Mensah has just land his first combination that had little on it. Machado continues landing punches. Since Mensah never got paid for his first thirty fights in Ghana why he hooked up with King makes one wonder but he should get some of his purse being in Nevada. Mensah has thrown more punches in this round than at any time but far from enough to win a round. The trainer Stacy McKinney is pushing Mensah to keep throwing punches. Since being one of King’s favorite trainers one can see why the trainer will not stop the fight.

Round 9

Machado keeps landing right uppercuts to the body and right hooks to the swollen head of Mensah. One has to wonder how good a puncher Machado is that Mensah has lasted this long in the fight. Machado landed a straight left to the head of Mensah driving him into the ropes. On top of the mismatch Machado lands a right hook after the bell without warning from referee Weeks.

Round 10

Machado drives Mensah into the ropes snapping the head of Mensah with left hands. Mensah’s eleven year old daughter had passed away a month ago and his mind cannot be completely on the fight. His face is swollen on both sides.

Round 11

Machado lands punches and continues when inside pushing the back of the head down when Mensah leans in low. Referee Weeks has stopped warning Machado of the infraction. Is Machado allowing Mensah to go the distance?

Round 12

Machado had won every round as the one sided fight continued that way. One wonders if Machado has the killer instinct or not. Machado pushed Mensah back without a warning and then landed a low punch and got warned. Once again Machado got warned for pushing down the neck of Mensah. Was it another black eye for boxing? The fan’s showed their dislike during the last round that there was no stoppage.

All 3 judges had it 120-107 for the champion Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado.

Credit: HBO

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