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Cancio vs Machado II: Live round by round results and discussion

Andrew Cancio takes on Alberto Machado in tonight’s DAZN rematch.

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Round By Round

Andrew Cancio vs Alberto Machado

Round 1: Cancio has a jab blocked to open the round. Cancio presses forward and lands a right hand to the body. Machado lands a left to the body himself. Machado turns and lands a straight left hand. Cancio tries to flurry and land partially lands a couple of shots. Cancio lands a few shots as he goes on the attack. Machado lands a left to the body and then pivots away. Machado throws a combination but it doesn’t land clean. Right hook lands clean for Machado upstairs. Cuffing hook pushes Cancio to touch the canvas, no knockdown. Machado lands a shot just after the bell and the referee talks to him about it. I’m going to edge this one to Cancio, 10-9.

Round 2: Machado leads with a couple of jabs and then tries a straight left hand. Cancio falls short on a jab as Machado pivots away. The fighters clash heads and now Cancio has a pretty good cut over his left eye. Double right hook lands for Machado and Cancio paws at the blood dripping into his eye. This fight might be stopped early. Cancio lands a straight right to the body. Cancio picks off Machado with a straight shot during an exchange. Straight right hand from Cancio backs Machado up again. Cancio is fighting with a sense of urgency and Cancio is getting the fight he wants right now. Machado looks weak in the legs. Machado is ready to go it appears but he makes it to the bell. Cancio 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: Cancio comes out on the attack and forces Machado to the ropes before throwing punches to the body and head. Machado is getting bullied in the ring and Cancio lands a left hand to the body and Machado goes down. Machado gets up but it’s too late and the referee waves it off. Cancio KO-3.

Angel Acosta vs Elwin Soto

Round 1: Jab to the body lands for Soto. Soto tries to bring it upstairs and starts bouncing from side-to-side. Two hooks land for Acosta, then another one a moment later. Acosta steps forward and tries a right hook that Soto blocks along the ropes. Left hand lands clean for Soto. Soto tries to step in behind a couple of hooks but can’t land them clean. Two uppercuts come from Acosta now. Soto lands a jab, then a clean hook to the body. Soto gets pushed down to the canvas. Now Soto walks into a check hook from Acosta, who follows it up with a right hand to the body. Acosta edged this round out for me. Acosta, 10-9.

Round 2: Jab to the body comes from Soto. Acosta gets off his jabs upstairs but Soto lands a hard hook that stuns Acosta, then literally judo slams Acosta to the canvas. The referee warns Soto for that one. Acosta comes out on the attack now, letting both hands fly as he steals the momentum back. Acosta pushes Soto back and twos a couple of hooks to the body. Soto throws a couple of looping shots and Acosta returns fire again. Clean left to the body lands for Soto, Acosta responds but with many more punches. Uppercut lands for Acosta, who continues to tee off as Soto covers up. Good action but Acosta came back strong. Acosta 10-9, 20-18.

Round 3: LEAD HOOK LANDS FOR SOTO AND DROPS ACOSTA HARD! Acosta beats the count but he’s definitely hurt. Soto gets overeager and pushes Acosta to the canvas again. Soto gets another warning from the referee about that. Soto tries to come forward but Acosta stands and lets go a combination of punches. Hard left hook lands for Soto on the inside. Acosta tries to press Soto back to the ropes now but Soto grabs hold and forces a break. Soto throws three punches when Acosta puts the ear muffs on. Right hook to the body lands well for Soto. Acosta comes back and lands several body shots that hunch Soto over. Left hook lands for Soto just before the bell. Soto 10-8.

Round 4: Soto falls short on a jab to the body. Left hook upstairs misses for Acosta, but he lands a second one. Right hook lands well for Soto upstairs, then another one moments later. Soto comes on the attack and stuns Acosta again! Acosta is trying to circle away but Soto has him shaken up a little. Three punch combination comes from Acosta as Soto walks forward. Double left hook to the body lands for Acosta. Anothe rdouble left lands to the body and head for Acosta. Right hand to the body lands for Soto. Both fighters trade body shots at close range in the center of the ring. Acosta gets back to work with his left hook. Soto might’ve hurt Acosta to the body. Close round but I’m going to edge this to Soto because he visibly hurt Acosta. Soto 10-9.

Round 5: Acosta presses forward and measures with a jab. Soto lands a left and Acosta immediately counters back with shot of his own. Four left hooks come in a row for Acosta! Soto throws back and this is a genuine war. Double left to the body comes from Soto. Acosta pushes a jab, then another, and then then tries to sneak in an uppercut between the guard. Soto lands a good right to the body. Right hand lead lands for Acosta. Acosta 10-9.

Round 6: Acosta continues to score more often with his combinations despite Soto landing clean shots of his own. Soto tries a left to the body, Acosta comes back with three of his own — and that’s largely the story of this fight. Accidental head clash and Acosta has a small cut under his right eye, but that’s ruled from a punch. Two body shots land for Acosta. Acosta goes on the attack and throws a flurry of punches with Soto getting backed to the ropes. Double left to the head and body lands for Acosta. Soto lands a left to the body shortly before the bell. Acosta 10-9, 57-56.

Round 7: Jab to the body lands for Soto. Acosta doubles up on the left hook again and backs Soto up a little before Soto decides he wants to take a turn on offense. Uppercut lands clean for Acosta and Soto grabs hold. Now Soto lands a short right hand to the body but the fighters get tangled and the referee has to break them up. Soto starts moving laterally and Acosta steps in behind a left hook, then a combination to follow that up. Acosta may be up on the cards but he’s having to really work for it. Soto throws three punches but Acosta defends them pretty well. Acosta 10-9.

Round 8: Jab lands to the body for Acosta this time. Soto unloads a right hook but Acosta pulls out of range. Four punch combination comes from Acosta, who then throws a few more for good measure. Soto lands a left to the body but Acosta again returns fire with a flurry. Acosta lands a short uppercut on the inside and then throws a few more. Acosta complains about another head clash so the referee takes a look but there’s no cut. Hard left hook lands clean for Acosta. Four punches come from Acosta again and Soto is back on the ropes. Acosta 10-9, 77-74.

Round 9: Acosta tries to stick a jab but then misses on an uppercut. Soto starts bouncing along the outside of the ring and that’s probably not going to earn him much credit from the judges. Acosta throws a one-two but Soto blocks the punches. Counter left hook lands for Acosta Acosta throws a clubbing right hand that partially lands. Acosta goes back down to the body with a couple of hooks and Soto looks fatigued to me, and he’s obviously not throwing as much. Acosta 10-9.

Round 10: Acosta starts quick with a flurry of punches and his pace his sort of drowning Soto. Hard left hook lands for Acosta and that one hurt Soto! Acosta tries to press the attack but Soto gets on the defensive and survives the moment. Acosta continues to come forward and land left hooks that land heavy, even when Soto catches them on his gloves. Acosta steps in with a long combination and snaps Soto’s head back. Right hook lands to the body for Soto, momentarily halting Acosta’s offense. Acosta 10-9, 97-92.

Round 11: Soto’s corner yells at him about not throwing more punches in between rounds. They tell him he has to pick it up for these last two rounds. Acosta presses forward behind a couple of jabs that don’t find the mark. Soto partially lands a right hand. Hard left to the body lands for Soto. Acosta comes right back on the attack and throws punches in bunches. Double left hook lands for Acosta at close range. Soto starts skipping along the ropes again to get himself some time to breath. Acosta walks him down and throws a few punches that don’t land so clean. Now Acosta lands a clean shot that gets Soto’s attention. Nasty left to the body lands clean for Soto. It’s not enough for me, though. Acosta 10-9.

Round 12: Jab misses for Acosta. Acosta comes out aggressively and walks into a huge shot! The referee immediately steps in to stop the fight with Acosta still on his feet and Acosta is pissed! That did seem like a premature stoppage considering how this fight was going. Wow! Soto TKO-12.

Tonight at 7:30 pm ET streaming live on DAZN, Andrew Cancio looks to prove that his February upset of Alberto Machado was no fluke, while Machado wants to get back what he lost in that big surprise.

We previewed the fight earlier this week, and our staff were split 2-2 in our picks.

Wil Esco will be here with live round-by-round coverage of the main fights, which is the two title bouts.

Cancio upset Machado earlier this year, which would have been the reigning Upset of the Year if not for Andy Ruiz Jr knocking off Anthony Joshua on June 1 — that’s how big an upset Cancio over Machado was a few months back.

Cancio will be defending the WBA “world” super featherweight title he won from Machado in February.

In the co-feature, Angel “Tito” Acosta defends his WBO junior flyweight title against Elwin Soto.

Here’s the full lineup:

Full Card (DAZN, 7:30 pm ET)

  • Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KO) vs Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KO), rematch, super featherweights, 12 rounds
  • Angel Acosta (20-1, 20 KO) vs Elwin Soto (14-1, 10 KO), junior flyweights, 12 rounds
  • Luis Feliciano (11-0, 7 KO) vs Fernando Carcamo (23-9, 18 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
  • Blair Cobbs (10-0-1, 6 KO) vs Robert Redmond Jr (7-1-2, 6 KO), welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Aaron McKenna (7-0, 4 KO) vs Daniel Perales (10-17-2, 5 KO), junior middleweights, 4 rounds
  • Anthony Garnica (1-1, 1 KO) vs Gilberto Duran (3-2, 3 KO), super bantamweights, 4 rounds
  • Emilio Rodriguez (3-1, 2 KO) vs Clay Collard (1-1-1, 0 KO), super middleweights, 4 rounds

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