The lead-in fight on Wednesday night’s PBC on FS1 card featured a fight out of the DMV, Genc Pllana, 8-2-1 (4 KOs) as he faced off against undefeated Madiel Sando, 10-0 (7 Kos) of Cuba. The fight took place in the bubble at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The first round saw Sando start a bit slow as he tried to figure out the awkward style of Pllana. Neither fighter landed anything of real significance but Pllana was the more active fighter. In the second Sando landed a hard right hand off of an exchange with Pllana though the more active fighter was still Pllana as he used his low approaching jab from the outside.
Sando was a bit more aggressive to start the third as he looked to cut off the ring on Pllana. Sando was able to catch Pllana with two hard left hooks in the third, snapping Pllana’s head as he seemed to gain the momentum leading into the fourth. Pllana was the aggressor coming out in the fourth as he through a number of shots with many glancing off of the head of Sando. Sando, though, continued to press as the round wore on and was finding success with his jab as he got closer and closer with each shot thrown at Pllana.
Sando maintained his poise in the fifth as he continued to press forward with the jab. Sando land a nice two punch combination which forced a response from Pllana who remained game but was starting to be outgunned. Sando again landed a solid hook midway through. As the round finished. Sando stepped on the gas with his pressing of Pllana as he landed a solid straight near the 2:00 mark of round six, slapping Pllana’s head back. Pllana continued to throw but found himself missing wildly. Sando continued to land the straight right as the round wore on.
Sando picked up where he left off in the seventh as he continually beat the game Pllana to the punch landing the cleaner shots. Pllana was able to land a solid right hand near the minute mark of the round though he was still behind in the round and fight at this point. Heading into the eighth and final round, Pllana was in need of a knockout. Sando came out on the front foot as he previously had, showing no sign of letting up. Through the first two minutes, neither fighter threw much. Pllana was able to land a decent check hook in the latter part of the round but wasn’t throwing enough to benefit from winning the round as both lasted through the bell.
When it was all said and done and the scores were read the judges scored the fight 80-72, 78-74, and 79-73 in favor of Sando in what was a solid effort.