Andrew Cancio Retains WBA "Regular" Super Featherweight Title With KO Win Over Alberto Machado

Same venue, same network and same result for Andrew Cancio.

Cancio once again knocked out Alberto Machado to retain the WBA "Regular" super featherweight title in the main event of a DAZN card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. 

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The fight was a rematch of their first encounter back in February when Machado came into the fight as the champion. Cancio recovered from a first-round knockdown back then to drop Machado multiple times and win the WBA title. Instead of choosing to move up in weight, Machado opted for the immediate rematch, believing that he will have a better time making weight for the rematch compared to their first fight.

Cancio started off fighting aggressively, landing multiple combinations at Machado who would mostly fight stepping back and throwing jabs. Cancio, who suffered a bad cut near his left eye, overwhelmed Machado and by the end of the second round, Machado's legs were shaky and barely able to keep him vertical. The fight ended with Cancio connecting with a vicious left hook to the body and knock Machado out. Machado was counted as he was starting to get back up by the count of nine and didn't fully recover when the referee counted to 10.

As for what is next for Cancio, the champion said he would like to give mandatory challenger Rene Alvarado a shot at the title, something he had revealed to Fightful prior to the rematch. While Cancio holds the "Regular" version of the WBA super featherweight title, Gervonta Davis holds the "Super" version. Machado will more thank likely move up in weight and had plans to do so regardless of the result in the rematch, telling Fightful before the fight that 2019 will be his last fight at 130 pounds.

Cancio also said he would want to fight Joseph Diaz Jr. given that the two already have history in the ring. The two fought back in 2016 with Diaz coming out on top and sending Cancio into a temporary retirement before returning in 2018. Cancio has now won his last four fights, three of which were by knockout or stoppage.

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