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  • Andrew Cancio Repeats Upset Victory over Puerto Rico's Alberto Machado


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    By special correspondent Tarrah Zeal

    INDIO, Ca.-Andrew Cancio showed the boxing world his first win over Alberto Machado (21-2, 17 KOs) was no fluke. Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) retained his WBA super featherweight title belt by a third-round knockout.

    “I feel like the fight is going to end the way the first fight ended,” Cancio said in a conference call several weeks prior to the rematch at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA Friday night.

    Before a sold-out crowd, the fighter from Blythe, Calif. who goes by the name “Chango” repeated his win of four months ago and delivered Machado to a heavier weight division with the loss.

    In the opening three minutes of round one, Machado came out stronger and more focused than he did in their first match back in February. There was back and forth action between the two, but, overall Machado landed the cleaner and more effective blows. A nice left uppercut upon the chin of Machado ended the first round, but he was able to take it well.

    Machado, looking to get his revenge, caused a cut over Cancio’s left eye at the start of the second round. A quick and powerful flurry of punches created an uproar in the crowd as Cancio attacked Machado.

    Despite Machado’s efforts to keep his distance, Cancio walked him down to continue fighting on the inside. After Cancio landed multiple body shots, he staggered Machado in the end of the round, giving him trouble in finding his corner after the attack.

    In the early seconds of round three, Cancio landed a vicious left hook and a flurry of combinations, pounding away upon Machado’s body in efforts to keep him on the defense. Then a left hook to the body forced Machado to the take a knee and he could not beat the count at 1:01 into the third round.

    Cancio's impressive showing was further affirmation that he is here to stay in the super featherweight division. Possibilities for upcoming battles include unification matches with Rene Alvarado, Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer.

    Machado claimed, “Look I was ready to get up and the referee decided to stop the fight, I wanted to keep going." But his wobbly legs showed us otherwise.

    Soto Takes WBO Title from Acosta

    In the co-main event, scheduled for 12-rounds, Angel “Tito” Acosta (19-2, 19 KO) of San Juan, Puerto Rico made his fifth world title defense against Elwin Soto (14-1. 10 KO) of Mexicali, Mexico.

    In a shocker, Mexicali’s Soto scored a stunning 12th round TKO. It was an intense fight up until the last round and ended in controversy over the question of whether the referee had prematurely stopped the fight.

    This light flyweight battle began right away with an action-packed opening round. By round three Soto had Acosta in trouble. A big left hand and right cross combo sent Acosta to the floor. When Acosta made it to his feet, Soto showed no mercy but Acosta survived the round.

    In round four, a huge right hand from Soto had Acosta hurt and a double left hook had Acosta evading the power and staying out of range of Soto. But with so much at stake, Acosta stayed into the fight and actually took ontrol in the middle rounds, landing multiple combinations to Soto's head and body.

    Entering the later rounds, Acosta began to outwork his opponent with punching power up against the ropes. It was clear Acosta had regained control of the fight and scorecards until Soto worked his way into the last and final round.

    As the bell for the last round clanged, Acosta opened up bombs on Soto and the Mexican fighter curled up with his hand covering his face. In an attempt to engage back, Soto countered with a powerful left hook to the chin that sent Acosta back against the ropes, stunned. Soto rushed Acosta and began to throw body combos but not before referee Thomas Taylor stepped in. The fight, an outright war, was waived off after only 23 seconds had elapsed in round 12.

    The controversial stoppage infuriated Acosta. Soto was jubilant “This victory means a lot and I dedicate this belt to my family,” said the the new WBO light flyweight champion. “To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank God I landed that punch and won the fight”.

    “Sure he hurt me but it wasn’t enough for the stoppage.” said the downtrodden former champion who said he would welcome a rematch (and I’m sure boxing fans wouldn’t be opposed to that).

    In the main preliminary, a 10-round super lightweight contest, Milwaukee's Luis Feliciano (12-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated with a seventh round stoppage of veteran Fernando Carcamo (23-10, 18 KO) of Sonora, Mexico. Feliciano trains with boxing star trainer Ben Lira.

    Feliciano landed a left hook that stunned the southpaw Carcamo in round one, but Carcamo was able to take the punch. Round by round, Feliciano began to pick apart his opponent, landing great combinations and big left hands but Carcamo, who had been stopped five previous times, was determined to show he deserved to be in the ring with Feliciano and continued to move forward. But Feliciano eventually finished him, unloading a series of rights that folded Carcamo to the canvas.

    In the DAZN TV opener, Las Vegas, Nevada’s Blair "The Flair" Cobbs -- a flamboyant character inside and outside of the ring, took on Houston's Robert Redmond Jr. (7-2-2, 6 KO) in a scheduled 8-round welterweight battle.

    In round one, Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) aggressively showboated, throwing wild but powerful punches, forcing Redmond Jr. to adjust to his style. Both fighters came out swinging but a left hook to the chin of Redmond stunned him in the first round.

    Within 30 seconds of round 2, a right hand to the chin had Redmond on the canvas. Another wild but big right-hand backed Redmond up against the ropes as he tried to figure out the awkward and wild style of Cobbs.

    By round three, Redmond’s right eye started to swell. Before the start of round five, the doctor was called in to examine it and let the fight continue. Fighting with a sense of urgency, Redmond landed a straight right hand to Cobbs chin, but the more experienced fighter used his stamina to finish Redmond off with powerful blows to the body. At the 1:52 mark of round six, by request of Redmond's corner, the referee stopped the bout.

    Other Bouts

    The first bout of the night was a a four-round battle in the middleweight division. The fight, an all-action affair between Clay Collard of Cache Valley, Utah (1-1-2) and Emilio Rodriguez (3-1-1, 2 KO) of Van Nuys, California, ended in a draw. One judge had it 40-36 for Rodriguez but the other had it 38-38.

    In a 4-round super bantamweight match, 19-year-old Anthony Garnica (3-0, 2 KO) of Oakland, CA took on 30-year-old Gilberto Duran from Yakima, WA (3-2, 3 KO).

    A decorated amateur, trained by Manny Robles (who also trains heavyweight champ Manny Robles) Garnica dominated the contest, winning by scores of 40-35 on all three cards.

    Also, undefeated Aaron McKenna (8-0, 5 KO) of Monoghan, Ireland, scored a second round stoppage over Daniel Perales (10-18-2) of Monterrey, Mexico. The official time was 0:42.

    “Once I landed the first hard shot, I knew he wouldn’t be able to take more. I stepped it up, and that’s how I got the second-round victory.” said McKenna after his win.

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    I really try not to criticize referee's decisions too much but thought the stoppage by Thomas Taylor in the 12th round of Acosta-Soto was a very poor decision. Taylor has generally proven himself to be an excellent official and maybe he saw something that nobody else noticed. But Acosta seemed to still have all his facilities though he was hurt by one big punch. Acosta should have been given more of an opportunity. All that said, what a fight and I'd love to see a rematch.

    Machado looked out of it about 30 seconds into the fight. He was clearly beaten mentally before the action really began. Cancio is the real deal and personally I'd love to see a rematch with Joseph Diaz though probably he faces Rene Alvarado next (which will also be a really good fight).

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