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  Andrew Cancio Defends WBA Super Featherweight Title In Rematch With Rene Alvarado On Nov. 23

World champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) will defend his WBA Super Featherweight title for a second time in a 12-round rematch with Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (31-8, 20 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center.

“Andrew Cancio is a very resilient fighter and has proven himself with his raw talent and passion, showing his true potential to grow in this industry,” said Golden Boy Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya. “Meanwhile, Rene Alvarado has also put in hard work during his tenure, with an impressive determination in the ring that has kept up his winning streak over the past couple of years. You don’t want to miss this!”

Cancio, of Blythe, CA, is coming off back-to-back stoppage wins against Alberto “Explosivo” Machado. The 30-year-old champion returned to the sport after a two-year hiatus.

“I’m very excited to return to my second home at Fantasy Springs for the rematch with Rene Alvarado,” said Cancio. “This is my 12th time fighting there, and I love the enthusiasm my fans bring to the venue. I know Rene Alvarado will be very well prepared to try and take my WBA world title. However, I plan on defending my championship in impressive style once again and show boxing fans that I’m the best 130-pound fighter in the world, period.”

Alvarado, a 30-year-old super featherweight contender, previously faced Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos, Rocky Juarez, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Manuel “Tino” Avila, Jayson Velez, Yuriokis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa, and Carlos “The Solution” Morales. The Nicaraguan native hopes to avenge his 2015 loss to Cancio.

“Nicaragua is known for its great world champions, and I’m one step away from becoming one,” Alvarado said. “I’m coming for the victory against Cancio on November 23rd. We know each other very well, and it’s going to be a war.”

In the co-main event, Xu Can (17-2, 3 KOs), China’s third world champion, defends his WBA Featherweight World Title against rising contender Manny Robles III (18-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles in a 12-round fight.

“I’m ready to make the second defense of my world title,” said Xu Can. “I defended it with honor in my home country of China, and now I’ll come back to the United States to defend it against a tough fighter. Manny Robles III has earned his opportunity. He is smart and tough, but I plan to remain champion for a very long time.”

After victories against Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio and Rigoberto Hermosillo, Robles is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.

“All of my amateur experience, the hours spent in the gym, and the tough fights as a professional have prepared me for this challenge,” said Robles. “I’m ready to bring a world title to Los Angeles and make everyone at home proud.”

Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (21-0, 14 KOs) of Boston fights Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (23-3, 13 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. in a 10-round rematch for the vacant WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Ellis is very close to a world title opportunity, while Gomez is eager to avenge his stunning first-round knockout loss to him in 2016.

Victor Morales Jr. (12-0, 7 KOs) of Vancouver, Wash. returns in an eight-round super featherweight bout. This will be Morales’ first fight on a Golden Boy card.

Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-1, 3 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina fights in an eight-round super bantamweight fight. Melian is a two-time Olympian who looks to bounce back after his first loss against Leonardo “Leon” Baez for the NABA Super Bantamweight Title.

Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3-1, 6 KOs) of Urumqi, China faces Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

Daniel Barrera makes his professional debut in a four-round super flyweight fight.

Alex Rincon (7-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas returns in a six-round super welterweight fight.

Opponents for this undercard will be announced shortly.


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