Blythe’s WBA (World Boxing Association) super featherweight champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (20-4-2) is set to defend his title for the first time in a rematch against San Juan, Puerto Rico, native Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (21-1) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on June 21.
According to Golden Boy Promotions, the rematch will see Cancio as the a-side in a match-up that’s expected to deliver the high-octane fireworks of the pair’s first outing this past February — a huge upset that found Cancio, the then-underdog, returning to the squared circle after stepping away from the sport for roughly a year and a half.
In their initial title fight, also held at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Cancio got off the canvas after being downed by a well-timed uppercut knockdown in first round by Machado.
The second round saw more action from both boxers, with Machado looking to further establish his long jab and combinations, while Cancio pressed forward with an increase of ripping hooks to the head and body.
“El Chango” continued the pressure early in the third, drilling heavy right and left handed shots on Machado throughout the round — to include a mid-round seven punch combination to establish control of the fight.
With famed and long-heralded Wild Card Gym trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, a worn Machado came out for the fourth against a confident Cancio. At 1:33, “El Chango” found his mark with a straight right body shot to down Machado.
After getting up, Cancio followed up with a barrage of body shots to down Machado again. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. called a halt to the bout after a third body shot knockdown found a defeated Machado on the canvas and against the ropes.
“Cancio’s now the world champion. He did it for Blythe; we are very, very proud of him. As you can see, he’s a very hard worker and he deserves it. Blythe deserves it,” stated Golden Boy Promotions owner Oscar De La Hoya during the Feb. 9’s post-fight interview with DAZN announcer Alberto Duran.
Following the historic upset win, Cancio was heralded and welcomed back to his hometown of Blythe with a celebratory community event at the Joe Wine Recreation Center on April 2.
“Thank you guys very much for believing in me and supporting me throughout the years. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly — for continuing to go out to Fantasy Springs to support me. This means a whole lot to bring this world title home to you guys; and I appreciate all the love and support — thank you guys all very much,” said Cancio to the hundreds of community locals, friends and family in attendance.
Machado, promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, exercised his contracted rematch clause and will now look to avenge the loss against Cancio on June 21.
To date, Golden Boy Promotions has listed 28-year-old WBO (World Boxing Organization) light flyweight champion Ángel “Tito” Acosta (19-1) and returning 33-year-old former world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (45-5) to be competing on the evening’s undercard in separate bouts.