Turlock’s own Marco “El Muneco” Delgado extended his professional record to 7-1 last Saturday with a split-decision victory over Burley Brooks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Fighting at Super Middle Weight in the preliminaries of the Errol Spence Jr vs Danny Garcia card, Delgado entered the ring with an aggressive game plan that proved to be enough to hand the touted Texan prospect his first career loss.
“I knew the obvious, that he was taller than me and that I’d have to get inside and rough him up. Go to the body and rough him up, and that’s what we did,” Delgado said.
The six-round fight saw Delgado pressure Brooks —Main Event winner Spence Jr’s sparring partner —and drag him into the deep rounds for only the second time in his career. As for Delgado, the decision win was also an uncommon sight as five of his seven wins have come by either TKO or KO.
“It’s everything and that’s what we work hard for, to get those wins in these big events at big venues,” Delgado said of his performance.
Delgado is now on a two-fight winning streak after suffering his first career loss in May 2019. Working through the pandemic at both the Modesto Red Shield Boxing Club and The Truth Boxing Club in Turlock, Delgado’s focus has been squared on staying in fighting shape year round.
Delgado is expecting to fight again in February though an opponent and location are still to be determined.
“Every time we step into a new fight we learn from the experience and we try not to make the same mistakes that we’ve done in previous fights,” Delgado said. “As long as we keep winning everything else should fall into place.”