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Cancio Stuns Machado, Diaz Dominates


And just like that, Andrew Cancio 20-4-2 14KO’s has achievedhis dream of becoming a world champion. Nobody gave the Mexican-American fromBlythe, CA a shot against hard punching Alberto Machado 21-1 17KO’s and he didn’tneed them to. He didn’t need the media to like him, he didn’t need them to rootfor him, he just needed to be himself.

Cancio pressured the bigger Machado from the opening belland was dropped early in the first. Storming back in the fourth Cancio hammeredMachado to the body dropping him to his knees. Machado would get up only tocrumple again under the pressure of the Blythe fighter’s assault. Prompting refereeRaul Caiz Jr. to waive the fight and save the Puerto Rican from furtherpunishment.

Vargas Wins Ugly….Again

Despite being knocked down in the second round SuperBantamweight Champion Rey Vargas 33-0 22KO’s managed to ugly his way to a unanimousdecision victory over scrappy Franklin Manzanilla 18-5 17KO’s.

Manzanilla forced the action and was deducted points on twooccasions for hitting behind the head, but it was Vargas’s boxing IQ and use ofreach and size that determined the outcome of the fight.

Diaz Dominates Huerta

In his first fight since failing to make the 126lb limit, JosephDiaz Jr. 28-1 14KO’s took on tough contender and Los Angeles favorite Charles “ThePride of Paramount” Huerta 20-6 12KO’s. Both fighters have a public friendship andhave joked and smiled with each other during the press events building totonight, but it was all business in the ring.

Huerta opened the first-round sharp firing straight righthands behind a busy jab. Diaz got going in the second round and never lookedback as he would sweep the rest of the fight and pummel the clearly slower Huerta.

Diaz rocked Huerta at will, almost unable to miss he turnedin an excellent performance, cruising to a victory on scores of 99-91 on allthree judges cards.

“I did really good. I moved up in weight and showcased inthis new 130 pound division. I had him hurt a few times but I couldn’t finishhim because he’s such a great warrior.” Diaz said after the fight.

“I waited too much, he countered me well, and I let himdictate the pace.” Huerta said.

The victory opens up some doors for Diaz in a new division featuringa very makeable fight with Miguel Berchelt.

Duarte takes first loss

In what was clearly the most unappealing bout of the night, OscarDuarte 15-1-1 10KO’s chased fellow Mexican Adrian Estrella 29-3 24KO’s aroundthe ring for ten arounds in a fight that induced a Miguel Vasquez like comatoseperformance. On scores of 98-92, 96-94 for Estrella and 97-93 for Duarte, Estrellawalks away with the upset win and gives Duarte a lesson on why cutting the ringis important.

Tureano Johnson Gets a Draw

Tureano Johnson 20-2-1 14KO’s was supposed to shake the ringrust off after having fights cancelled due to opponents failing to make weight.The key word is “supposed”, opponent Fernando Castaneda 26-13-1 17KO’sapparently didn’t get the script. Castenada came out firing in the first andsecond roun

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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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