FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION JAMES ‘BUSTER’ DOUGLAS TO BE SPECIAL VIP GUEST FOR CANCIO VS. ALVARADO II ON NOVEMBER 23rd
November 1st, 2019 – INDIO, CA – Former world heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas will be the special VIP guest for the highly anticipated rematch between champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) and Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (31-8, 20 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Special Events Center. Presented by Golden Boy and DAZN, tickets for the 12-round WBA Super Featherweight World Title bout start at $35, now on sale at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, via phone (800) 827-2946 and online at www.FantasySpringsResort.com.
Douglas is best known for his legendary knockout of then undefeated heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson in February 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. In a professional career that spanned 1981 to 1999, Douglas also faced Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, Terver Berbick and Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall. The Columbus, Ohio native will be in attendance to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures inside the Springs Special Events Center. The meet-and-greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
In the co-main event, Xu Can (17-2, 3 KOs) of China defends his WBA Featherweight World Title against rising contender Manny Robles III (18-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles in a 12-round bout that is guaranteed to produce fireworks.
Golden Boy is also proud to announce a 10-round super featherweight fight between Avery “A-Plus” Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) and James “Crunch Time” Wilkins (8-1, 6 KOs) — a clash between two highly regarded prospects from the East Coast.
Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (21-0, 14 KOs) of Boston takes on Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (23-3, 13 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. in a 10-round rematch for the vacant WBA Continental Americas Welterweight Title. Ellis is close to a world title opportunity, while Gomez is eager to avenge his stunning first-round knockout loss to him in 2016.
Victor Morales Jr. (12-0, 7 KOs) of Vancouver, Wash. returns in an eight-round super featherweight bout. This will be Morales’ first fight on a Golden Boy card.
Alex Rincon (7-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas returns in a six-round super welterweight fight.
Alberto “Impacto” Melian (5-1, 3 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina participates in an eight-round super bantamweight fight.
Argentine puncher Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (36-2-1, 21 KOs) takes on a yet-to-be named opponent in an eight-round super lightweight fight.
Also, Chinese contender Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (15-3-1, 6 KOs) participates in an eight-round 140-pound clash against Saul Corral (30-14, 20 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico.
Opponents for Rincon and Lopez will be announced shortly.
Although preparing for his second world title defense against Rene Alvarado in November, ‘Amazing’ Andrew Cancio allowed himself some time to gather his thoughts on the 130lb. division and what his next year could look like. Cancio is currently training in Ventura, CA under the watchful eyes of co-trainers Joseph ‘Hoss’ Janik and Mario Aguiniga in addition to working full-time for the Southern California Gas Company, a job he has held for over seven years.
Cancio says Alvarez has earned title shot
“Rene Alvarado is my WBA mandatory so I’m fighting him first, he’s won seven fights in a row including a win over Denis Shafikov so he’s earned this opportunity, “ said Cancio.
(21-4-2, 16 KO’s). “I’m very proud to be a world champion and after knocking out Alberto Machado twice this year this title is staying with me and I plan on adding more hardware to it next year.”
A sizable underdog in the first fight with the then unbeaten world champion Machado on February 9, 2019, Cancio would overcome a first-round knockdown to drop the Puerto Rican three times in the fourth round earning the stoppage, stunning boxing fans and media alike as he captured the world title belt.
In the rematch on June 21, also at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA and live on DAZN, the Blythe, CA native roared to victory pummeling the former division king before the fight was stopped in the third round when Machado was deemed unable to continue after being dropped from a barrage of punches.
“I’m glad we fought a second time; no excuses can be made. He was rated the best in the division and I didn’t want to leave any doubt. Now I truly believe I’m the best 130lb. fighter in boxing and I want to continue proving it in the ring.”
Cancio wanted Gervonta Davis to stay at 130
“I was sorry to see ‘Tank’ Davis move up to 135. That would have been a tremendous fight, we can both crack and we both really love to fight. The other 130lb. title holders I’m ready to fight them anytime; Jamel Herring, Miguel Berchelt, Tevin Farmer, none of these guys would have stepped in the ring with Alberto Machado let alone knocked him out twice. Nobody in the division has accomplished what I have this year. Next year I’m ready to unify, anytime and anyplace. No excuses, if you’re a real champion be prepared to prove you’re the best in division like I’m prepared to do so.”
Cancio is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and managed by Ventura, CA based Ray Chaparro. Said Chaparro, “Andrew is honored to be a world champion but the next step is proving he’s the best in the division. We’re not looking past Rene Alvarado although Andrew beat him four years ago but both fighters have improved since them. However, after this fight, our objective is to make unification fights so we’ll see which of the other champions at 130lb. are interested. Doesn’t matter which one is first, Andrew wants to fight them all and become undisputed. This isn’t for the king of social media, it’s for the king of the 130lb. division.”