Golden Boy Boxing on DAZN February 9 Preview:

DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions will its next boxing card on February 9 in Indio, California headlined by two world title fights: Alberto Machado vs. Andrew Cancio for the WBA “Regular” super featherweight title and Rey Vargas vs. Franklin Manzanilla for the WBC super bantamweight title.

There’s no real compelling fights on this card with both title fights essentially being stay-busy fights for the respective champions. Machado, who was relegated from “Super” to “Regular” champion to make way for Gervonta Davis to win Machado’s old belt, will be making his third title defense since claiming the belt in 2017. There had been clamors for Davis and Machado to fight each other to crown the true WBA champion at 130 pounds. But with both fighters being under different promoters, such a fight is unlikely to ever happen.

Vargas, on the other hand does have a big fight waiting in the wings beyond the fight against Manzanilla. While Vargas had to deal with numerous injuries, an interim champion was crowned in Tomoki Kameda, meaning Vargas will fight Kameda should he defeat Manzanilla. Vargas has been the division’s longest reigning active champion, but has never had a big-time fight to be considered the best in the division, despite his impressive frame at 122 pounds.

The long-term plan for Vargas could be a potential three-belt unification against the winner of the eventual Daniel Roman vs. TJ Doheny fight for the WBA and IBF titles. With all three of those champions fighting with promoters working with DAZN, such a fight is doable, but requires a lot of planning that won’t be discussed for quite some time.

The rest of the undercard has several interesting names that do the give the event a solid amount of depth from top to bottom. Names such as Oscar Duarte, Azat Hovhannisyan, Tureano Johnson and Joseph Diaz are all scheduled to be on the card with a good chance of all those fighters making the cut to be on the DAZN stream.

Below is the full card:

  • Alberto Machado vs. Andrew Cancio: WBA "Regular" super featherweight title
  • Rey Vargas vs. Franklin Manzanilla: WBC super bantamweight title
  • Oscar Duarte vs. Adrian Estrella
  • Azat Hovhannisyan vs. Lolito Sonsona
  • Genaro Gamez vs. Ivan Delgado
  • Ferdinand Kerobyan​​​​​​​ vs. Erick Daniel Martinez
  • Rommel Caballero vs. Javier Rojas
  • Joseph Diaz vs. Charles Huerta
  • Tureano Johnson vs. Fernando Castaneda

Tale of the Tape: Alberto Machado vs. Andrew Cancio:

Alberto Machado:

Record: 21-0 (17 KO)

Age: 28

Height: 5'10"

Reach: 72"

Notable Fights: Jezreel Corrales

Titles Won: WBA "Super" Super Featherweight, WBA "Regular" Super Featherweight titles

Andrew Cancio:

Record: 19-4-2 (14 KO)

Age: 30

Height: 5'6"

Reach: 68"

Notable Fights: Joseph Diaz, Rene Alvarado, Ronny Rios

Titles Won: WBA Intercontinental Super Featherweight title

Tale of the Tape: Rey Vargas vs. Franklin Manzanilla

Rey Vargas:

Record: 32-0 (22 KO)

Age: 28

Height: 5'7.5"

Reach: 70.5"

Notable Fights: Ronny Rios, Gavin McDonnell

Titles Won: WBC Super Bantamweight title

Franklin Manzanilla:

Record: 18-4 (17 KO)

Age: 30

Notable Fights: Julio Ceja

Titles Won: WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title

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