Andrew Cancio is officially set to defend his WBA “world” super featherweight title in a rematch with Alberto Machado on Friday, June 21, streaming live on DAZN.
Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KO) upset Machado (21-1, 17 KO) in Feb. 9 at the Fantasy Springs in Indio, California, and the two will meet again at the same venue. In the first meeting, Cancio came off the canvas in round one to drop Machado three times and stop him in four.
“I’m very excited to be defending my world title against Alberto Machado in the rematch from my knockout victory on February 9,” said Cancio. “This is my 11th time fighting at Fantasy Springs Casino, and I look forward to defeating Machado again in convincing fashion in front of another huge crowd of my fans.”
“June 21 is a great opportunity for me,” said Machado. “Besides recovering my place as a world champion, a victory will have a special meaning for me, and that makes me very motivated. I hope that Cancio is enjoying his time as a champion because I’m going with bad intentions to bring that championship belt back to Puerto Rico.”
Another world title will be on the line, as Angel “Tito” Acosta (19-1, 19 KO) will defend his WBO 108-pound belt against an opponent to be named. Acosta is coming off of a March 30 wipeout of veteran Ganigan Lopez, and is on a four-fight win streak since his 2017 loss to Kosei Tanaka in Japan.
Jorge Linares will also be on the card, once again on the comeback trail. The 33-year-old Linares (45-5, 28 KO) was stunned in one by Pablo Cesar Cano on Jan. 18 in New York, as Linares was trying his hand at 140. It didn’t go great, but it says he’ll be back in a 10-round fight at 140 again — it may be a catchweight, against a more tune-up type of opponent.
Others in action will be super featherweight Rommel Caballero (5-0, 4 KO), welterweight Aaron McKenna (7-0, 4 KO), super bantamweight Anthony Garnica (1-0, 1 KO), and middleweight Emilio Rodriguez (3-1, 2 KO).