Fighter Of The Week: Andrew Cancio

In an absolutely loaded weekend of boxing, a week that featured heavy-fisted young champions that are superstars in the making. As well as can’t miss prospects mismatched against hand-picked opponents. With all of that going down the fighter of the week comes from the most unusual suspect. Andrew Cancino was mostly unheard of, if you knew his name prior to Saturday, pat yourself on the back you are a hardcore, and was only known as a B-side on numerous Golden Boy cards, including getting beat down by Joesph ‘Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. However The 30-year-old known as  El Chango is now not only the fighter of the week but also the WBA Super featherweight champion, pulled a major upset picking up a fourth-round knockout over a long time reigning champ Alberto Machado. Picking himself up off the canvas on what looked like a for sure a highlight reel first round knockout for Machado, to decking the champ three times and capturing his belt and setting him up for much bigger things. 

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Prior to Machado’s defense against Cancio, El Chango warned the Puerto Rican champ that he had never faced an opponent like him. A statement that seemed fairly laughable as Machado has been in the ring with some of the most elite fighters at 130 pounds and Cancio was a journeyman, a career B side, with four, losses and two draws in his previous 25 professional prize fights. The statement looked even more laughable in the opening moments of the fight when  Cancio found himself in the canvas and covering up simply trying to survive the opening stanza. The second round was a completely different story as Cancio established himself cutting off the ring and applying the pressure. Machado wasn’t nearly uncomfortable. The third round saw Machado hanging on for life and trying to run out the clock as the result of a massive left hand. The champ was able to make it through the third, but the fourth was a different story Cancio dropped Machado with a punishing right to the body, that he never recovered from, Machado was able to make it to his feet but he abruptly sent down two more times causing Raul Caiz to rush in and call a halt to the bout. 

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Cancio was dominated by Jo Jo Diaz back in 2016, on the Canelo/Smith undercard in Dallas, Texas. He then quit boxing for two years before returning to the ring to give it one last shot. Cancio still holds a full-time job as a jack-hammer operator and said win, lose, or draw he plans on keeping his job. So I guess he will be back at work on Monday morning. Cancio wakes up runs five miles,  puts in an 8 hour day jackhammering and then heads to the boxing gym. It’s a hectic schedule and not a typical day in the life of a world champ, but the new 130-pound WBA kingpin has made it pay off and has set himself up for numerous big payday opportunities. A rematch with Machado is a possibility as is a rematch with Diaz but perhaps the best option would be to fight with the biggest payday would be against Gervonta “Tank” Davis in what would be a WBA super title bout. 

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