Alberto Machado exercises his rematch clause; Andrew Cancio happily accepts!
On February 9 at Fantasy Springs in Indio, California, Alberto Machado stepped into the ring to defend the WBA regular super featherweight title for the third time against the “unheralded” Andrew Cancio in what was expected to be a ho-hum easy defense.
Machado was on the fast track and regarded by some as possibly the best fighter in the division.
Everything seem to be easy after the first round in which Machado (21-1, 17KO) put Cancio on the canvas. At that point, it looked to be another successful title defense for the defending world champ.
However from round two on, it was a disaster for the champion. Cancio dusted himself off and then proceeded to give Machado pure hell as he punished him to the body. As a result, he scored two knockdowns en route to an eventual fourth round stoppage.
Suddenly and surprisingly, Cancio (20-4-2, 15KO) became the new champion!
For the American who still works a full-time job as well as being a professional boxer, his win is the biggest upset of the year so far. He achieved his lifelong dream while sending shockwaves across the boxing world!
Given the enormity of Cancio defying the odds and the fact that there’s a rematch clause, the question now becomes “will a rematch happen?” 3KingsBoxing.com has learned not only will a rematch between happen, there is a date and locale set.
On March 1, Alberto Machado opted to exercise the rematch clause in the contract and asked for an immediate rematch. As a result, Cancio recently announced he’s currently in training for a rematch stating that it will take place on June 8 at the same venue of their first fight.
Will Machado get his belt back or does Cancio “have his number?”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.