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Andrew Cancio gets new opponent for July 16 return

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Cancio will face Cesar Valenzuela in Las Vegas.

Jerry Belmontes v Andrew Cancio Photo by Ronald Martinez/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images

Andrew Cancio is set to make his debut with Top Rank, which will also be his first fight with new trainer Joe Goossen, and has a new and approved (not improved, this wasn’t a typo) opponent for July 16 in Las Vegas.

Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KO) was originally set to face Manny Rojas on that date, but for whatever reason the Nevada commission wouldn’t approve Rojas (18-4, 5 KO), as if that’s somehow a bigger mismatch than some of the fights they’ve been approving recently, or hundreds of fights they approve yearly.

Instead, Cancio will be facing Cesar Valenzuela (15-6-1, 5 KO), a 30-year-old fighter from Phoenix who has lost two of his last three, and has only fought once since 2017.

Cancio-Valenzuela will take place at a 133-pound catchweight.

That show’s expected main event is a light heavyweight clash between two legitimate contenders in Eleider Alvarez and Joe Smith Jr.