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15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Cano Grinds Out Win Over Abreu  

By Marc Livitz: Pablo Cesar Cano earned a hard fought majority decision win this evening over Juan Carlos Abreu in a highly entertaining contest at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.


The opening round was quite evenly matched as each man looked to time the other with quick jabs and attempts to follow. Cano (29-4-1, 21 KO’s) was patient as his opponent from Dominican Republic used his left jab for fighting as well as assessing distance. Abreu (18-2-1, 17 KO’s) connected with a nice combination up high towards the end of the second of ten rounds of the welterweight contest. Pablo used low body shots to the waist and body of Juan Carlos to try and slow him down, but it didn’t work. He did, however connect with a few shots upstairs and score a pair of rights to close the third.


Abreu sought to throw off Cano’s pace in round four but was caught with a few solid uppercuts for his trouble. A brief exchange ensued to close the period. The tactical battle continued into the fifth and sixth as Pablo Cesar Cano had turned into the aggressor. He dug to the body of Abreu in the round until he was caught upstairs before quickly returning the favor. The man from Mexico used hard and well distributed shots to the head and body of his foe from the Caribbean. Juan Carlos was visibly slowing down in the seventh round and his punches held very little gusto. Pablo went after him in the closing moments and tagged him with a nice head shot to capitalize on a elemental mistake by Abreu, who himself was somewhat fortunate to make it out of the round on his two feet.


Episodes of exhaustion were beginning to set into both men, more so in Juan Carlos, save for the last few seconds of round eight. As before, the two exchanged punches to close the action. Abreu showed better in the ninth. He allowed Cano to get close in at times and would catch him with quick rights when he retreated. Going into the last round of ten, it would appear that Pablo Cesar Cano would be headed to a decision win. He kept his distance for spurts of time and would tie up when his Dominican adversary got too close. Successive left hooks and uppercuts from Abreu got his full attention as the final twenty seconds drained away. To the ringside judges the decision went. Their scores read as follows: 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93.


Undercard Results

Diego De La Hoya UD 8 Manuel Roman - Super Bantaweight

Oscar Negrete UD 6 fernando Fuentes – Bantamweight

Everton Lopes UD 6 Evan Woolsey – Lightweight

Neeco Macias TKO 4 Tavorus Teague - Light Middleweight

Taishan Dong UD 4 Rory McCrary - Heavyweight


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