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January 10, 2019

ALBERTO MACHADO TO DEFEND AGAINST ANDREW CANCIO

Press Release: Two title fights will head to the Coachella Valley on February 9th as Golden Boy Promotions presents a night of boxing on DAZN. In the main event, Alberto "Explosivo" Machado (21-0, 17 KOs) will defend his WBA 130-pound regular title against Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KOs). 

[As Boxingtalk reported yesterday] the card will also feature Rey Vargas (32-0, 22 KOs) putting his WBC 122-pound titleon the line against Franklin Manzanilla (18-4, 17 KOs). The event will take place at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

The undercard will see Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. (27-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. moving up to 130 pounds to face Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. in a ten rounder. In May, Diaz lost a WBC 126-pound title bid to Gary Russell. 

"Golden Boy Promotions has promised to bring exciting fights every month on DAZN,"  said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. "We're keeping our promise by bringing two world title fights featuring a world champion from Puerto Rico in Alberto Machado and one from Mexico in Rey Vargas. The best talent from these two countries, which have a rich history in the sport of boxing, will be on display for fans to watch at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino or from home on DAZN."

Machado, a 28-year-old of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a big man for his division and boasts explosive power in both hands. After unifying two regional titles with a dominant unanimous decision victory against Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Machado defeated Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales by way of eighth-round knockout to capture WBA title in October 2017. The hard-hitting southpaw has retained his title against the likes of Rafael Mensah and Yuandale Evans and will look to make a third defense against Cancio. 

"I am very hungry to go to Los Angeles and start camp for Andrew Cancio," said Machado."Cancio is a great warrior with good experience and will come very hungry, but I will prepare myself responsibly as he is a great challenge for my career. A victory over him will take me further to what I want to achieve in this sport. This will be the third defense of my title, and now I am going in with more experience. I look forward to retaining my championship and returning to Puerto Rico as a world champion."

Cancio is a 30-year-old contender who recently re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions after scoring a technical knockout victory against then-undefeated Aida Sharibayev. The native of Blythe, Calif. has victories against the likes of Rocky Juarez, Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes and Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado, and he's also been in tough fights against Joseph "JoJo" Diaz Jr. and  Ronny Rios in a professional career that started over twelve years ago. Cancio has worked hard for his title shot.

"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity to fight for a world title," said Cancio. "Thanks very much to my manager Ray Chaparro and the Golden Boy Promotions Team, along with DAZN. I've watched many of Alberto Machado's fights and know how great of a fighter he is. However, I've already started training and will be well prepared on February 9th to win the world title in front of my fans at Fantasy Springs who have always been so very supportive."

Also on the show, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez (8-0, 5 KOs) will battle against Ivan "Striker" Delgado (13-1-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight battle...

Oscar Duarte (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of Parral, Mexico will participate in a ten-round fight in the lightweight division...

Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (15-3, 12 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. will compete in a ten-round super bantamweight fight...

Ferdinand "Lucky Boy" Kerobyan (11-0, 6 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. will return in an eight-round junior middleweight battle...

Hometown hero Rommel Caballero (4-0, 3 KOs) of Coachella, Calif. will open the night of action in a six-round super featherweight battle.

  



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