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Andrew “El Chango” Cancio 16-3-2 (12KO’s) sat out of the ring for eighteen months after a close decision loss to Ronny Rios in April of 2014 in Chicago. A long eighteen months that all but put him out of the minds of the boxing hard core fans. This Friday he makes the second return of his comeback to the ring against Hugo Cazares 40-8-2 (27KO’s) on EstrellaTV’s Boxeo Estelar presented by GoldenBoy Promotions.
“I had managerial issues, and it kept me out of the ring, that’s about all I’ll say on that.” Said Cancio over the phone in an abrupt tone that indicated he didn’t want to continue on the subject.
A new injection of life for the 27 year old fighter from Blythe, CA by promoter Goldenboy; has brought the southern California fighter back to consistent action and work inside the ropes as he makes his second appearance in the ring in three months, since a seventh round knockout of former second tier featherweight champion Rene Alvarado.
“I thought I won the fight with Rios, when I came back I told Robert Diaz (GoldenBoy Matchmaker) that I wanted the rematch right away, but he said I have to win and keep winning because he’s coming off of a good win over Jayson Velez.” Said Cancio about his first thoughts after returning from the long layoff.
With the dearth of matchups available at 126lbs. opportunities to come in as an opponent looking to upset the apple cart are available. “I wouldn’t mind getting in with any of these guys; Oscar Valdez, or Joseph Diaz. There’s a lot of fights that could put me right back where I want to be and with my power and strength there’s opportunity” “I have an exciting Mexican style that fans like to watch.”
On deck for Cancio first is a tough test against former champion and durable veteran Hugo Cazares 40-8-2 (27KO’s) “I know he’s a former champion coming off five fight win streak, I’m ready for a war but if I have to adapt then we’ll adapt to whatever he brings.”
Also on the untelevised undercard is St. Louis product Keandre “The Truth” Gibson 16-0-1 (6KO’s) against Chaquib Fadli 13-6 (7KO’s). “I’ve been focusing on turning over my punches, I can see the difference in my power in the gym” said Gibson over the phone.
“My opponent is a tall guy from France but, I had a lot of amateur fights and I’ve seen a lot of different styles so, whatever he brings. I’ll be ready.” Said Gibson