Tonight at 9 pm ET on DAZN, it’s a four-fight card with two world titles on the line from Indio, California, with Alberto Machado and Rey Vargas headlining the action.
Machado (21-0, 17 KO) will defend his WBA “world” super featherweight title in the main event, taking on Andrew Cancio (19-4-2, 14 KO). Machado is the heavy favorite in this matchup, as Cancio has sruggled in most of his tougher matchups in the past. But Cancio is a veteran of the Fantasy Springs casino, as this will be his 10th fight at the venue, so he’ll have something of a home field advantage against the Puerto Rican titleholder.
Vargas (32-0, 22 KO) is defending his WBA super bantamweight title against Franklin Manzanilla (18-4, 17 KO). Like the main event, there’s a clear favorite here, but Manzanilla has power and stopped former titleholder Julio Ceja last time out, so he might be the more dangerous challenger on paper.
Joseph Diaz Jr (27-1, 14 KO) is also back in action tonight, moving up to 130 pounds for a 10-round bout with Charles Huerta (20-5, 12 KO), a solid veteran and a good first step in a new weight class. And lightweight prospect Oscar Duarte (15-0-1, 10 KO) will take on Adrian Estrella (28-3, 24 KO) in another 10-round bout.
Wil Esco is on the call tonight.
- ANDREW CANCIO def. ALBERTO MACHADO by TKO (Round 4)
- REY VARGAS def. FRANKLIN MANZANILLA by UD (117-108, 117-108, 117-108)
- JOSEPH DIAZ JR. def. CHARLES HUERTA by UD (99-91, 99-91, 99-91)
- ADRIAN ESTRELLA def. OSCAR DUARTE by SD (97-93 Duarte, 98-92 Estrella, 96-94 Estrella)
ROUND BY ROUND
ALBERTO MACHADO vs ANDREW CANCIO
Round 1: Machado misses on a jab to start the fight. Now Machado sticks a left hand between Cancio’s guard. Left uppercut lands for Machado as Cancio tries to press forward. Cancio comes in with three punches that land with little effect. Left hook grazes Machado upstairs. HARD SHOTS FROM MACHADO DROP CANCIO HARD! Cancio barely beats the count and Machado tries to find some shots to end the fight but can’t as Cancio mounts a counter attack. Machado 10-8.
Round 2: Cancio tries to throw three punches but can’t find a clean target to land on. Right hook lands well at the end of a three punch combination from Machado. Cancio lands a shot on the inside. Now Machado throws three punches and ends with an uppercut. Cancio responds with a combination. Both fighters are taking turns throwing punches! Cancio might be cut over his left eye. Cancio lands some uppercuts that get Machado’s attention. I think Cancio edged this round. Cancio 10-9, 18-19.
Round 3: Cancio comes in and the fighters exchange punches. Another combination comes from Cancio who lands a clean left hook upstairs that might’ve hurt Machado! Machado covers up and isn’t throwing punches! Cancio tries to keep the pressure on and Machado takes a step back and a deep breath. Cancio still throwing punches as Machado tries to get his bearings back. Now Machado throws a right hook but Cancio throws a long flurry of punches and lands a few clean on Machado. ANother left hook lands clean on Machado, then another! Cancio is landing clean shots on Machado right now. Big round for Cancio! Cancio 10-9.
Round 4: Cancio starts the round applying more pressure and Machado tries to catch him with a check right hook. Three more punches come from Cancio and land on Machado. Machado’s defense is failing him. Hard shot from Cancio to the body puts Machado down! Machado just beats the count at 9. Cancio comes back foward and drops Machado again with some body punches! Machado gets up again but is in bad shape. Hard shots from Cancio finish Machado! Canio TKO-4!
REY VARGAS vs FRANKLIN MANZANILLA
Round 1: Vargas starts off with a jab that doesn’t find the mark. Vargas throws another jab and then a feint that gets Manzanilla to back off. Three hooks to the body come from Manzanilla. Vargas throws a long jab to the body. Left hook lands on the inside for ManzanillaOverhand right lands for Vargas at center ring. Vargas lands another right hand, this time to the body. Jab lands upstairs for Vargas, but he cant land the right hand to follow. Vargas doubles his left hook to the body. Vargas 10-9.
Round 2: Vargas jabs at range, keeping Manzanilla at a distance. Manzanilla charges in with a wild combination, doesn’t land anything clean. Right hand to the body lands for Vargas following a two jabs upstairs. Manzanilla charges in again but can’t land effective punches. Right hand lands over the top for Vargas. HARD LEFT HAND FROM MANZANILLA DROPS VARGAS! Vargas beats the count and Manzanilla tries to overwhelm Vargas with a wild volley of punches but can’t finish him. Manzanilla 10-8.
Round 3: Manzanilla comes out aggressive, testing Vargas to see if he’s still hurt. Vargas lands a right hand upstairs. Uppercut lands on the inside for Vargas. Double left hook to the body lands for Vargas. Manzanilla bull rushes Vargas but can’t get in a clean shot. Both fighters trade left hooks to the head. Vargas gets in a coupl of shots at range. Vargas 10-9.
Round 4: Jabs come from Vargas at long range. Manzanilla scrapes Vargas face with a hook. Vargas gets cut on the side of his head from an accidental head clash. Three left hooks to the body land for Vargas, followed by a right hook to the body. Another right hand lands downstairs for Vargas. Clean right hand from Vargas lands, then a hard left hook that shakes Manzanilla up! Vargas tries to follow it up but Manzanilla holds on. Another hard left hook to the body hurts Manzanilla just before the bell rings. Vargas 10-9, 38-37.
Round 5: Jabs land clean for Vargas at center ring. Manzanilla charges in with a big left hook that just misses. Vargas lands another jab at center ring. Manzanilla goes down on a push. Now Vargas throws a check left hook as Manzanilla tries to lower his head and rush in. Lead left hook followed by a right hand lands for Vargas. Right hand lands after a jab for Vargas to end the round. Vargas 10-9.
Round 6: Vargas falls short on a right hand lead. Manzanilla charges behind a flurry of punches and lands a right hook at the end of it. Right hand falls just short again for Vargas at center ring. Left hook lands for Vargas this time, followed by a jab moments later. Three left hooks come from Vargas as Manzanilla covers up. Vargas 10-9, 58-55.
Round 7: Manzanilla misses on a right hand to the body. Now Manzanilla gets a point deduction for hitting on the break. Vargas has another cut over his right eye as a result of a head clash. Vargas hits the deck on a trip and it’s rules as such. Now Vargas clips Manzanilla with a left hook upstairs. Right hand from Vargas lands on the head of Manzanilla. Right hook to the head lands for Vargas. Left hook catches Manzanilla coming in, but doesn’t dissuade him. Manzanilla 9-9 with the point loss.
Round 8: Right hand from Vargas fends of Manzanilla for a second. Manzanilla charges back in and whacks Vargas to the body with a right hand. Now Vargas finds some space and hits Manzanilla as he tries to come in. Clean left hook lands for Vargas. Two body shots land for Manzanilla, who is making this a rough and tumble fight. Hard right hands lands clean for Vargas as Manzanilla walks straight into it. Short left uppercut lands for Vargas. Another point deduction for Manzanilla for tapping Vargas on the face during the break. Manzanilla charges in and throws wild hooks to end the round. Vargas 10-8.
Round 9: Vargas has yet another cut, this one under his left eye from Manzanilla’s roughhouse tactics. Vargas is bleeding from three different spots, and not from punches. Right hand lands Vargas. Referee calls a timeout to have a doctor look at Vargas’ cuts. He says Vargas is good to go. Manzanilla charges in again and tries to land looping shots. Counter left hook lands for Vargas with his back on the ropes. Manzanilla steps in and throws two hooks to the body and then some overhand punches to the head. I think Manzanilla takes this round. Manzanilla 10-9.
Round 10: Right hooks to the body lands for Manzanilla. Now Vargas rattles off a flurry as Manzanilla steps in. Manzanilla rushes in on Vargas and throws both hands to the body. Three punches land for Vargas, finishing with a left hook downstairs. Right hand lands over the top for Vargas. Vargas 10-9, 96-91.
Round 11: Manzanilla presses Vargas to the ropes but can’t get off a clean punch. Vargas lands a right hand. Manzanilla steps back in and tries to work Vargas with some overhand rights and lefts. Short combination comes from Vargas, stopping Manzanillas forward momentum temporarily. Right hand lands after a jab for Vargas. Chopping right lands again for Vargas, who is predicting where Manzanilla’s head will be when he tries to set up his bull rush. Vargas 10-9.
Round 12: Vargas starts the round with several jabs but Manzanilla walks past them and pushes Vargas to the ropes, only to end up in a clinch. Both fighters trade but Vargas gets in the better shots. Left hook lands downstairs for Vargas. Manzanilla misses on a lead left hook and falls into another clinch. Four punches come from Vargas as Manzanilla defends himself. Clean left hook lands for Vargas with 10 seconds left. Vargas 10-9. BLH scores it for Vargas, 116-109.
JOSEPH DIAZ JR. vs CHARLES HUERTA
Round 1: Huerta tries a jab to the body. Now Huerta lands a straight right hand on Diaz’s face. Another straight right hand lands to the body for Huerta this time. Huerta throws another right hand and knocks Diaz off balance. Diaz goes with a lead right hook but it falls short. Huerta is backing up Diaz and gained his respect with his right hands. Diaz throws an overhand left but it doesn’t land clean. Huerta 10-9.
Round 2: Diaz falls shorts on a jab. Huerta tries a straight right hand and then loops it to follow it up. Straight left land lands for Diaz. Two hard body shots lands for Diaz. Straight right hand to the body lands for Huerta. Clean left uppercut lands to the body for Diaz. Straight left lands for Diaz this time. Now Diaz lands a left hook that gets Huerta’s attention. Diaz lands two clean hooks to the body and head. Diaz 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Huerta falls shorts on a right hand lead. Diaz touches Huerta to the body with a left hand. Check right hook lands for Diaz. Huerta touches with two jabs and then tries an uppercut that misses. Three clean punches land well for Diaz! Diaz tries to follow it up with a couple more punches and Huerta felt those. Right hook, left hook to the body lands for Diaz. Straight left land lands downstairs for Diaz. Uppercut and gook lands for Diaz before the bell. Diaz 10-9.
Round 4: Left hand followed by a right lands for Diaz to start the round. Check right hook lands for Diaz, who then follows it up with a two punch combination that lands well. Huerta is taking a lot of clean shots now after a really solid first round. Two uppercuts land for Huerta on the inside. Now Diaz gets in an uppercut followed by a hook. Two more hooks land to the body for Diaz. Three more punches land well for Diaz. Diaz 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Huerta probes with a jab and then a short uppercut but can’t find a punch to get leverage on. Three hard shots land in quick succession for Diaz. Three more punches come from Diaz who has officially separated himself in this fight. Clean left hand lands sharply upstairs for Diaz, who then follows it up with a hard left to the body. Diaz walks in with several hard hooks to the head! Huerta is taking some punishment now. Diaz 10-9.
Round 6: Slow start ot the round for the opening 40 seconds until Diaz lands a couple hard shots back down to the body. Now Diaz lands a left hook to the head. Huerta tries to lands a couple of short punches on the inside but walks right into another clean left hook from Diaz. Clean right hook lands to the body for Diaz. More hooks land for Diaz to end the round. Diaz 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Uppercut to the body lands for Diaz to start the round. Diaz is picking his shots and landing them at a frightening rate. Three more punches come from Diaz as Huerta tries to cover up. Straight left hand lands for Diaz, and this fight hasn’t been competitive since the second round. Diaz 10-9.
Round 8: Diaz starts the round with three right hooks in a row. Check right hook lands for Diaz who then steps over and lands an uppercut to the body. Hard right hook lands downstairs for Diaz, then a straight left. Huerta lands a left hook. Three punch combination comes from Diaz, landing a right hand at the end of it. Straight left hand lands clean for Diaz, then another. Diaz 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Diaz lands a straight left hand to the body in the middle of a three-punch combination. Now Diaz lands a four-punch combination but gets a warning from the referee for one of his shots straying low. Diaz doubles the left uppercut on the inside. Both fighters trade hooks to the body. Diaz is fighting in his comfort zone and it doesn’t seem like Huerta has any chance to change the fight with any one punch. Right hook lands clean for Diaz, then a hard left hand. Diaz 10-9.
Round 10: Last round. Huerta leads with a left hook that Diaz catches on his glove. Diaz strafes Huerta with a number of hard shots to the body and head. Right hook lands clean for Diaz. Diaz is showing that he has much more power than Huerta at this point in the fight, and is throwing much harder shots at mid-range and in close. Diaz 10-9. BLH scores it for Diaz, 99-91.
OSCAR DUARTE vs ADRIAN ESTRELLA
Round 1: Estrella comes out with a quick jab, then changes the speed on the next one. Two more jabs come from Estrella but fall short. Double jab followed by a right hand comes from Estrella, but he can’t make much contact. Duarte just taking Estrella’s measure but mostly giving away the round thus far. Estrella has led all the action in the opening round, and although he doesn’t inflict any damage, he did most the work. Estrella 10-9.
Round 2: Estrella takes the lead again with a jab. Duarte still content to take his time as he starts this fight very slowly, but has been defensively responsible so far. Right to the body lands for Estrella after Duarte misses on two big shots. Estrella tries to turn his jab into a lead left hook but Duate is able to catch the shot. Estrella takes the play away from Duarte by getting off first and making Duarte keep his hands at home. Estrella 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Estrella comes out with several jabs again, trying to keep Duarte at range — and he’s been successful to this point. Now Duarte steps in and lands a left to the body. Looks like Duarte is ready to start fighting as he ducks a jab and wings a right hook to the body. Duarte tries to double a left hook but can’t land them too clean. Estrella tries to use some lateral movement to maintain the distance he wants but Duarte is starting to walk right on on Estrella. Duarte 10-9.
Round 4: Duarte starts the round with a lead right hand that falls short. Clean left hook lands for Estrella as Duarte closes the distance. Duarte just misses on a right hand and Estrella pops a couple jabs and circles out. Right hand to the body lands for Estrella, but Duarte lands two hard hooks in return. Two more jabs come from Estrella as he circles the outside of the ring. Hard left hook lands for Duarte at the end of the round but I actually liked the way Estrella boxed in this round. Estrella 10-9.
Round 5: Estrella gets off a couple shots but Duarte returns the favor with several hard shots. Estrella gets back to jabbing and moving as Duarte tries to cut off the ring. Now Duarte gets in a left hook to the body. Two hooks land for Estrella as Duarte steps in again. Estrella has a cut over his right eye from a Duarte left hand. Two more body shots come fro Duarte who has Estrella trapped. Estrella isn’t able to keep his distance anymore and is taking hard shots as a result. Duarte came on strong in this round. Duarte 10-9.
Round 6: Duarte stalks Estrella and gets his back along the ropes and Duarte strafes Estrella with a couple hard hooks to the body. Estrella tries to flick a bunch of jabs as Duarte parries them and looks for an opening for more power shots. Duarte lands a left hand and then a short combination moments late.r Right hand lands clean for Duarte, snapping Estrella’s head back. Double left hook comes from Duarte. Estrella tries to fight him off with a jab but Estrella isn’t as strong as he was a few rounds ago. Hard shots land for Duarte just before the bell. Duarte 10-9, 57-57.
Round 7: Duarte has got all the forward momentum he wants now and he’s just pressing Estrella who doesn’t have the legs to keep away from Duarte as much. Combination lands for Duarte, Estrella throws one back. Estrella is looking like he’s breathing heavy. Right hook lands for Duarte, then another. Duarte throws a couple right hands that miss at the bell but things are going his way. Duarte 10-9.
Round 8: Left hook misses for Duarte to start the round. Now Duarte lands a right hand and Estrella throws one back and gets off the ropes. Duarte walks Estrella right back to the ropes and tries to land a couple more body shots. Right hand lands upstairs for Duarte, then a hard left hook to the body. Estrella lands a jab but Duarte walks through it and lands two body shots. Short uppercut partially lands for Estrella but he just can’t keep Duarte from comeing forward. Estrella lands a big left hook and Duarte comes back to land one in return! Duarte 10-9, 77-75.
Round 9: Three jabs come from Estrella but they don’t land clean. Duarte tries a one-two that misses but he lands a right hook to the body just afterwards. Right hand lands upstairs for Duarte, Estrella tries to re-establish his jab. Duarte chases EStrella to the ropes and lands two punches to the body. Another left hook to the body lands for Duarte. Duarte 10-9.
Round 10: Both fighters trade jabs to start the round. Two hooks land for Duarte, two land for Estrella. Estrella pops a jab but Duarte comes in and throws five straight punches. Left hook lands for Estrella to the body, but he then walks himself back to the ropes and Duarte follows him in. Jab lands for Duarte. Right hook to the body lands for Duarte. Combination comes from Duarte, Estrella tries to respond but doesn’t have much on his punches. Duarte 10-9. BLH scores it for Duarte, 97-93.