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  Cancio Stops Machado Early To Retain His Belt

By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez


Super featherweight Andrew Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KO’s) left no room for doubt in this rematch with Alberto Machado (21-2, 17 KO’s). From the onset Cancio had the look of a determined Champion on his face. In the early moments of round one it also appeared that Machado had the title on his mind. In fact Machado may have won the first round.

But that was it, after that it was all Cancio and his full speed ahead style. There was nothing that was going to stop the fighting machine from Blythe.

Cancio was cut but he stayed composed and put on the pressure, never looking back, Suddenly Machado felt the power of a Cancio body shot and he collapsed. On his knees Machado watched the ref count to ten, he could not or would not get up. Cancio acknowledged his hometowns fans for their support that helped him retain his World Boxing Association World Super Featherweight Title.

The jubilant champ stated, “Feels good,” said Andrew Cancio. “I was going for the head and the body was there and I took it. I’m here to stay, it’s not a fluke at 137, and I’m ready for the other champions.”

In another in the long line of Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ring wars, Light flyweights Angel Acosta (20-2, 20 KO’s) Elwin Soto (15-1, 11 KO’s) did not disappoint the full house. In this hard fought battle for the World Boxing Organization World Light Flyweight Title the leather was flying hard and often. In the early stages of the contest it was Soto who was doing the big damage. Acosta was on shaky legs numerous times and went down in round two. It appeared there was no way Acosta could overcome the case of rubber legs. But the fact is he did.

Over the ensuing rounds Acosta not only adjusted to Soto’s aggression but with a furious attack it appeared he had gained a sizeable edge on the scorecards. Going into the twelfth round it seemed as though he had solved Soto’s puzzle and was on his way to victory. But that’s why the make them fight. Going into the final round Acosta was up on all scorecards, 105-103, 106-102 and 107-101.

Like a bat out of hell Soto landed a vicious shot to the chin of Acosta that got the refs undivided attention. As Acosta retreated into the corner the ref didn’t like what he saw and stopped the battle at the 23 second mark. In a mildly questionable move the ref halted the action and Soto was awarded a TKO victory and the title. It was controversial and it was unexpected. What else would you expect from a Mexico vs Puerto Rico war?

After the fight the humble Soto warrior said, “To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank god I landed that punch and won the fight.”

Super lightweight Luis Feliciano (12-0, 8 KO’s) came out like gangbusters in round one against Fernando Carcamo (23-10, 18 KO’s), it looked like it was going to be a quick night. But Carcamo proved to be a tough customer. Whether it was tough whiskers or some power of his own, Carcamo got Feliciano’s attention and it became a good fight for the next few rounds.

Feliciano was in control but Carcamo made him work. Feliciano sent Carcamo to the deck with a sharp punch in round seven. Discretion being the better part of valor, Carcamos corner stopped the fight at the 2:16 mark.

“In first round he was a little slow so I was able to pick him apart,” said Luis Feliciano. “I knew it was going be a tough fight. He had a weight advantage and we knew that, but that’s why we worked the body, and eventually we knew that would set up the late KO. We continue to move forward.”

Welterweight Blair Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KO’s) went to town with Robert Redmond Jr (7-2-2, 6 KO’s) in a bout that had its share of thrills and spills. Cobb is some sort of Hybrid Philly tough fighter with Las Vegas Pretty Boy flash that up until now has kept him undefeated.

Cobb had Redmond stumbling and bumbling on the deck numerous times throughout the night but it was a mouse that turned into an elephant under Redmond’s eye that brought this fight to a grinding halt. With little or no vision in his right eye Redmond’s corner saved him from further damage. Officially the bout was stopped at the 52 second mark of round 6. Before Cobbs gets a little too full of himself he might wanna drop the Las Vegas act and focus a bit more on his business inside the ring….WOOOOO!

Said Cobbs, “Anybody, anytime, anywhere, Blair! Anybody, every champion, I’m marking your days cause soon, very soon Blair the flair Cobbs will be there. I’m taking you titles at 147!”

Super bantamweight Anthony Garnica (2-1, 1 KO’s) showed flashes of good hand speed and combination punches against Gilberto Duran (3-3, 3 KO’s) in this four round attraction. Duran was dropped at the end of round one but proved to be pesky and determined as he withstood a barrage of punches in bunches over the coming rounds. In the end Garnica was given the nod on all judges’ scorecards 40-35 x 3.

A gracious winner Garnica noted, “Thanks to coaches Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso. If it weren’t for then, I wouldn’t be here. I’m coming off the amateurs. There’s good vibes at the gym [Legendz, where Andy Ruiz trains]. Nowadays everyone wants to take coach away to interview him when I’m working with him!”

Welterweight Aaron McKenna (8-0, 5 KO’s) stopped Ham-n Egger Daniel Perales (10-18-2, 5 KO’s) at the 42 second mark of round 2. McKenna is a true talent who is ready to take a step up in competition as he makes his move to the next level.

McKenna said of his performance, “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. I want to become a world champion. I want to be a world champion. I’m 19, so every fight is a step-up fight.”

Middleweights Emilio Carlos Rodriquez (3-1-1, 2 KO’S) Clay Collard (1-1-2) unimpressed their way to a majority decision draw in the opener. Both fighters seemed to run out of gas quickly and it became a battle of arm punches and/or an exercise in futility. Final scores read 40-36 Rodriguez and 38-38 twice.

After the fight Rodriguez stated, “He is a tough guy. I didn’t know too much about him. I knew he had an MMA background. I think I should have boxed him better, but he did his job by earning a draw. I take my hat off to him.”


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