New champion Andrew Cancio stops Alberto Machado with body shots
In a huge upset, Andrew Cancio overcame a first round knockdown to defeat Alberto Machado and claim the WBA super featherweight title at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio on Saturday night.
The big punching Machado, 21-1-(17), dropped Cancio,20-4-2-(15), with a left hook to the body but somehow the 30-year-old from California managed to scrabble to his feet and survive the round.
Cancio regrouped in the second session and started to take the fight to the champion, landing quite a few heavy punches of his own. A big hook near the end of the third round seemed to stun Machado.
Entering the fourth round Machado tried desperately to box his way back to control but Cancio rained in a body shot to send Machado to the canvas. Machado, weaked by the Cancio’s work, rose to his feet on unsteady legs but was immediately sent to the canvas again with another right hook to the belly.
A third shot floored Machado once more, this time the fight was waved off after 2.15 of the fourth session.
An emotional Cancio shred tears as he celebrated his surprising victory.