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Andrew Cancio faces unbeaten Gabriel Flores on Feb. 20 true Rank card

Andrew Cancio faces unbeaten Gabriel Flores on Feb. 20 proper Rank card

by way of Francisco Salazar

Junior lightweight contender Andrew Cancio will face unbeaten Gabriel Flores on February 20, excellent Rank announced Wednesday. 

the ten-circular bout will take region at the MGM Grand conference center in Las Vegas, Nevada and may precede the main event bout between WBC junior lightweight titleholder Miguel Berchelt and challenger Oscar Valdez.

each fights will air are living on ESPN (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

The conflict between Cancio and Flores is a quintessential crossroads bout where a win by way of Cancio will put him again into title competition while Flores would take a tremendous step ahead in a talent-prosperous division.

Cancio (21-5-2, 16 knockouts), who grew up in Blythe, California and now resides in Ventura, California, has no longer fought because losing by knockout to Rene Alvarado in November 2019. Cancio became launched by means of Golden Boy Promotions after a dispute with the business, finally signing a contend with proper Rank weeks later.

The 32-12 months-historical became scheduled to return to motion on April 25 in Las Vegas, on the undercard of the unification bantamweight title combat between Ring magazine champion Naoya Inoue and WBO titleholder John Riel Casimero, however the complete card became canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cancio, who additionally works full-time as a construction technician for the Southern California gas company, is happy to make his long-awaited return to the ring. 

“I’m very excited to come back to fight on February 20 towards Gabriel Flores Jr.,” stated Cancio, who’s managed through Ray Chaparro. “I’m working tough within the fitness center, and that i understand that this combat is the primary on my course to becoming a world champion. i want to thank my enthusiasts, who had been so tremendously supportive. I’ve heard you loud and clear and may’t wait to put on another exquisite reveal for you.”

regardless of the ongoing pandemic, Flores (19-0, 6 KOs) fought 3 times in 2020. In his last bout on October three, Flores defeated former fringe contender Kielczweski via unanimous choice. In his previous bout on June 18, the 20-yr-old dropped Josec Ruiz of Honduras as soon as en path to a one-sided determination victory. 

Flores, who signed a promotional take care of accurate Rank at the age of sixteen, believes he has the skill-set to defeat an experienced fighter in Cancio.

“My main aim is to win a global title,” observed Flores, who is trained through his father Gabriel Flores, Sr. “Dominating a (contender like Cancio) will put me in a very good place to challenge for a title quickly.”

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring for the reason that October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and abroad due to the fact that 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) star newspaper. He can be reached with the aid of e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing