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Andrew Cancio Defeats Rocky Juarez!

Jr lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) pulled himself off the canvas Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California to win a ten round unanimous decision against veteran and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs).

The six-time title challenger Juarez proved he still had a little left in the tank when he floored Cancio with a right hand in the second round but it wasn’t enough to deter the young fighter from Blythe Ca.

A quick left-hook lead in the fifth evened the score, sending Juarez crashing to the canvas. A game Juarez made it to his feet but despite a solid effort, it was all Cancio from there on. After ten full rounds, judges would call out scores of 97-90, 97-90, 98-89.

In the co-feature,

Unbeaten jr middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Rahman Yusubov (8-8, 6 KOs). A few punishing rounds would prompt Yusubov’s corner to throw in the towel in the fourth.

On the undercard, many upcoming fighters risked their perfect records and won like a game of black jack.

Jr. welterweight Cameron Kreal (2-1-2) upset previously unbeaten Guadelupe Salcido (2-1) from the neighboring city of Coachella.

In a rematch to their draw, Palm Springs’ Kenny Williams (3-0-1, 1 KO) defeated Joaquin Chavez (1-1-2, 1 KO) after six tough rounds. One judge had again ruled the bout a draw but was overruled by the scores of 58-56 and 59-57 by the remaining two.

In the opening bout, L.A’s Luis Mora (3-0, 2 KOs) crushed Gerardo Juarez (1-1, 1 KO) inside two rounds. Juarez hit the deck twice in the third and had to be carried out on a stretcher by paramedics. Official time was 1:17.


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