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.