Cancio Erases any Doubts, Stops Machado


Indio CA, June 21st, 2019- Andrew Cancio 21-4-2 15KOs took matters into his own hands again, dispatching Puerto Rican rival Alberto Machado in three rounds Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

“I felt disrespected, it wasn’t a fluke. I’m ready for all the other other champions”. Cancio alluded to the media’s treatment of his upset victory in February to capture the title.

The opening round started where the first fight left off with Cancio swarming Machado and banging him to the body inside. A clash of heads opened a gash over the eye of Cancio resulting in a sense of urgency for the Champion from Blythe.Cancio Stops Machado in the third. Photo Lina Baker UTHW

Cancio Stops Machado in the third. Photo Lina Baker UTHW

In the third Machado was visibly being hurt by the swarming body attack of Cancio, a left hook to the liver sent the Puerto Rican down and the fight was waived at 1:01 of the third by referee Raul Caiz.

“He’s a great champion and he showed that tonight, I had an excellent training camp and he did his job” said Alberto Machado.

“Like I said, I’m here to stay. It’s not a fluke. I did this twice, and you got to see th new and improved Andrew Cancio.

Soto Shocks Acosta

Elwin “Pulga” Soto (15-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico captured the WBO Light Flyweight World Title against Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico via twelfth-round TKO in an action-packed fight. Soto won with time 0:23 of the just-mentioned round.Elwin Soto Stops Angel Acosta in Major Upset. Photo: Lina Baker, UTHW
Elwin Soto Stops Angel Acosta in Major Upset. Photo: Lina Baker, UTHW
“The truth is I feel nice,” said Elwin Soto. “It feels great to accomplish this. I worked very hard and put a lot of effort into this. To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank god I landed that punch and won the fight. When I first dropped him, I felt I could have stopped him, but I knew it was going 12 rounds. This is victory means a lot and dedicate this belt to my family.”
“I’m a little disappointed,” said Angel Acosta. “Sure, he hurt me but not enough for the stoppage. If I had the chance to do it again, I would have used my jab more and used my distance more just like I did in the gym. I told the referee he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was coming back to get him, but he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. Look it was the last round, there was not much more in the round. I would like to fight same opponent or the other champions in the division.”

About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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