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Andrew Cancio-Rene Alvarado rematch planned for fall

Cancio knocked Alvarado out in 2015

WBA Super Featherweight World Championship - Cancio v Machado II Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

One of the year’s best stories, Andrew Cancio, will make one more appearance in 2019 after his stunning knockouts of Albert Machado. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz tells The Ring that “El Chango” will face former foe Rene Alvarado “in October or November” on DAZN, with SoCal as the “tentative location.”

ESPN’s Steve Kim chimed in to report that GBP is “mulling” a doubleheader featuring this and Can Xu vs. Manny Robles III.

Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KO) knocked out Alvarado (31-8, 20 KO) in 2015 on the undercard of a JoJo Diaz fight on Estrella TV. Both have since achieved career-best feats; Cancio, a full-time construction technician, shocked Albert Machado in February to claim the WBA super featherweight belt, then beat him even more decisively four months later. For his part, Nicaragua’s Alvarado emerged from a 1-3 skid to win seven straight, among them his own shocker against three-time world title challenger Denis Shafikov.

Can (17-2, 3 KO) vs. Robles (18-0, 8 KO) seems like it may be a cash-out fight for the latter. Can came out of nowhere to upset Jesus Rojas for the WBA “regular” featherweight title in January and put on a career-best performance in his thrashing of Shun Kubo four months later. Robles is a prospect who’s won two straight split decisions over guys who really shouldn’t have been able to get winning scorecards against him.

Can is Robles’ best shot at getting a belt, being an easier out than the likes of Josh Warrington and Leo Santa Cruz, but Can is absolutely no slouch.

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