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Cancio wins WBA “secondary” junior-lightweight belt

Against the odds and in a big upset Andrew Cancio came back from a knockdown in the first round to stop previously undefeated Alberto Machado to win the WBA “secondary” junior lightweight belt at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California on Saturday night.

The southpaw Machado 21-1; 17 came out fast at the opening bell and dropped Cancio 20-4-2; 15 with a left hook to the body and he appeared to be in real trouble.

However, Cancio beat the count and came back well in the second round to back up the champion and score with some good shots to the head.

In the third round, Cancio continued to dominate with very little coming back from Machado.

Going in the fourth round the champion tried to get back into the fight as he fought from the centre of the ring, but a left-right combination from Cancio dropped him for the first time.

Machado beat the count but was sent down again from a punch to the body. He did manage to get back on his feet but Cancio was relentless as he dropped the champion again with a right to the body for the third time.

Referee Raul Caiz J immediately waved the fight off without picking up the count. Time was 2:16.


On the same card WBC junior-featherweight champion Rey Vargas 33-0; 22 came back from a second round knockdown to outpoint Franklin Manzanilla and score a wide unanimous 12 round point’s decision.

The scores on all three judge’s scorecards were 117-108.

Vargas who was coming off a nine month layoff due to injury improved his record to 33-0; 22 and Manzanilla’s record dropped to 18-5; 17.


WBA junior-lightweight champion Gervonta Davis 21-0; 20 smashed former world champion Hugo Ruiz 39-5; 33 to defeat to retain his belt for the first time on Saturday, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Davis backed up Ruiz as he attacked from the opening bell before scoring with a straight left and right hand that sent Ruiz to the canvas.

Ruiz managed to beat the count but was on wobbly legs and referee Jack Reiss stepped in to stop the fight at 2:59 into the round.


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