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Diego Pacheco closes in on world title shot by blasting out Manuel Gallegos

Diego Pacheco
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Super middleweight contender Diego Pacheco 19-0 (16) continued his rise up the ranks with an fourth-round knockout of Manuel ‘El Meno’ Gallegos 19-2-1 (16) to score his eighth straight stoppage at the Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico on Friday night.

The 6-foot-4 Pacheco, 22, of Los Angeles applied smart pressure throughout the fight to become the first boxer to halt the normally durable Gallegos, 26, of Mexico.

The end came in the fourth round after a body shot floored Gallegos and a follow up barrage left referee Sergio Hernandez no choice but to call off the contest at the 2:45.

Pacheco, who is ranked as high as number three by the WBO at 168-pounds, is yet to face a fellow contender but could be as close as a couple of fights away from a world title shot.

“I’m just that guy,” said Pacheco. “I’m getting better, wiser, stronger. The opposition is getting better, but that’s just raising the level of my performance and you are going to keep seeing that.

“It feels great to watch my brother open the show and get that opportunity, it’s amazing. The sky is the limit for us, we’re going to keep working hard, stay grounded and keep pushing until we get to where we want to be.

“I think that’s one of my best performances to date, he was a tough guy and put me under pressure from the opening round, but I knew he would do that and I was well prepared. He took some tough shots, but he couldn’t take that last body shot.”

Next up for Pacheco will be a Los Angeles homecoming before the end of 2023.

“It’ll be a dream come true to headline in LA. I keep putting in the work to get things like that come my way, and for it to be happening. Every time I fight in LA the fans come out and show me love, I haven’t fought there since 2019, so I know that it will be an amazing night,” Pacheco said.

“I just want everyone in the division. I’m only 22, I’ve got time to fight them all, so Eddie Hearn will line them up, so let’s get it.”