Category: WBA

Brant stops Baysangurov in 11, retains WBA title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBA middleweight champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) retained his title with an eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
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Brant was sharp, dropping Baysangurov with a right hand in round two. He got the stoppage win with a barrage of punches that drove Baysangurov to the deck again in the eleventh round. Time was 1:42.



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What’s Next for New Champion Andrew Cancio?

Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) pulled off the biggest win in his career when he unseated Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) for his WBA Super Featherweight title this past Saturday, February 9, 2019.

It was an impressive performance by Cancio as he looked like he was in major trouble to start the contest. He picked himself off the deck in Round 1, only to deliver three knockdowns of his own to claim the stoppage win.

Now that he is officially a world champion the question is, what’s next?

Let’s discuss.


Alberto Machado

Now, former champion Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) was dominating the fight before Andrew Cancio completely blitzed him in the fourth round.

We’ve seen it time-and-time again where an overwhelming favorite overlooks his opponent. A rematch between the two is warranted to validate his win.

Cancio won the fight fair and square, but would he win it again? There’s only one way to find out.


Masayuki Ito

WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13 KOs) has quietly built himself a very impressive resume. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2015 and he has defeated stellar competition including the likes of Evgeny Chuprakov and Christopher Diaz.

Putting Andrew Cancio in with another champion so quickly after his win over Alberto Machado seems tough. Unfortunately for Cancio that’s the price he must pay now that he is a champion.

It’s a fight he can win, but he will have to go through hell in order to get the victory.

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What’s Next For Former Champion Alberto Machado?

Well that certainly did not go according to plan.

Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) was expected to make a statement against Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs). There was not much expected out of Cancio and for good reason. Every time he stepped up his level of opposition he lost. The only opponent of note that he matched up against was Joseph Diaz Jr. Cancio was dominated and stopped in Round 9 of that contest.

Machado vs. Cancio started off according to script with Machado flooring his opponent in the first round and had him badly hurt. Everything went downhill after that. Cancio brought the fight to Machado and floored him three times en-route to a fourth-round stoppage victory.

It was a jaw-dropping result. Although Machado was dominated, all is not lost. He is, after all, only 28 years old. One bad night at the office shouldn’t spell the end for him. There are plenty of notable fights he can take and win. Let’s take a look at what he should do next.


Miguel Roman

Before Miguel Roman (60-13, 47 KOs) lost to WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, he was on a roll. Winning four matches all via stoppage. Even with his defeat to Berchelt, he gave the champion all he could handle. Both Alberto Machado and Roman want to throw their respective hats in to the mix for a title shot.

It makes sense for these two fighters to be matched up at this point.

Sure, it would be ideal for Machado to face a bit of a softer touch in his comeback fight, but if he wants to challenge for another world title as soon as possible then he needs to take on a fighter with the pedigree of Roman.


Rene Alvarado

After reeling off six-straight wins, Rene Alvarado (30-8, 20 KOs) needs a signature victory to put him over the top for a title shot. A win over former champ Alberto Machado can do just that for him.

That win won’t come easy as the champ has plenty to prove as he works his way back up the ladder.

A win over Alvarado won’t exactly place him in position for another title shot, but it will certainly put him in the hunt for it.


Gervonta Davis

After watching the performance of the “other” WBA titleholder, Gervonta Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) against Hugo Ruiz, it would seem suicidal to match up Alberto Machado with him for his first fight back.

It’s not as crazy as it seems. Davis is a hard hitter and possesses very underrated boxing skills, but Machado has a few advantages. Standing at 5’10”, Machado would have a huge height advantage over the 5’5″ Davis. Machado would also have a five-inch reach advantage as well.

If Machado can avoid one of Davis’ bombs, which is much easier said than done, then he would stand a chance at causing a major upset him.

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Andrew Cancio Scores Major Upset in Defeating Champion Alberto Machado

In a stunning upset, Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) defeated Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by fourth-round knockout.

Cancio also snagged Machado’s WBA Super Featherweight title in the process as well.

Machado was viewed as a rising star and a force in the Super Featherweight division. Just a few months prior he looked sensational in scoring a first-round knockout. On Saturday night he looked like he was on his way to another dominant victory.

In the opening frame Cancio was dropped, hurt and barely beat the count. Although Machado couldn’t close the show in that opening round it sure did seem as though the bout would not make it the full distance.

Instead of Cancio trying to keep his distance he came out straight towards the champion. Machado seemed to handle the offensive output very well during the early portion of the contest.

But that pressure finally got to Machado in the fourth round. Cancio landed a monster body shot that forced the champion to take a knee. The champion managed to beat the count but was in serious trouble.

Machado again was sent to the canvas after Cancio attacked the body once more. Machado beat the count yet again. He did his best to keep Cancio off of him but the challenger would not be deterred.

He hammered away at the body and sent the champion tumbling to the canvas and almost out of the ring with more shots to the body. The referee waved off the contest and Cancio was crowned champion.

Machado suffered a huge set back that will have many wondering if he was as good as many believed he was. For Cancio, he has pulled off the biggest win of his career and the biggest upset in the early portion of 2019.

After failing on the big stage several times in his career, Cancio can now call himself a champion.

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Canelo to remain WBA champ in two weight classes

The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has ratified Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as the WBA’s middleweight and super middleweight champion. Canelo will be able to hold both WBA titles simultaneously in accordance with the organization’s rules, as it was also the case with Floyd Mayweather Jr. some years ago.

Canelo won the WBA super championship at middleweight last September when he defeated Gennady Golovkin, and he will defend the title in May against IBF champ Daniel Jacobs. He won the 168-pound WBA title last December when he defeated Rocky Fielding.

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