Upset Alert: Cancio exposes El Explosivo

By Justin Hackman


Andrew Cancio KO4 Alberto Machado: WBA regular 130-pound champion Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (21-1 with 17 KOs) wasted little time living up to his moniker, dropping Andrew Cancio, (20-4-2 with 15 KOs) in the opening round with a beautiful uppercut.  The Puerto Rican southpaw kept momentum going, landing crushing blows upstairs and down, that is until one minute remained in round two when Cancio found an opening and landed flush on Machado. Cancio he followed up with another combination at the bell, giving Machado a minute to ponder his tactics heading into the third round.  Rejuvenated, Cancio rocked Machado's chin once again and followed up with hard body shots.  The crowd, now fiercely abuzz at the prospect of a shocking upset, saw Machado moving backwards, taking punishing blows from Cancio, who suddenly couldn’t miss his target.  That target became the body of Machado as Cancio dropped him with a debilitating blow to the ribs.  Taking a knee immediately, the ref counted to nine before Machado rose to continue.  Cancio then dropped Machado twice more in succession prompting the referee to stop the contest as the beaten Machado lay in between the ropes.  An emotional Cancio, thirteen years into a very good, but not previously spectacular career, not only claimed a secondary belt, but also experienced well-deserved elation after rising from the deck to flip the script.  His mental fortitude was just as much the story in this victory as were his punches.  Cancio’s tweniteth professional victory is no doubt his most significant and most satisfying.  Official time of the stoppage: 2:16 in Round 4. source: dazn