The highly anticipated rematch lived up to the hype on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, as Andrew Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KOs) stopped Alberto Machado (21-2,17 KOs) once again to retain his WBA Super Featherweight Title.

Earlier in the evening, Elwin Soto (15-1, 11 KOs) upsets Angel Acosta (20-2, 20 KOs) to become the new WBO Light Flyweight Titlist, Luis Feliciano (12-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated after knocking out Fernando Carcamo (23-10,18 KOs), and the energetic Blair Cobbs (11-0-1, 7 KOs) showcased his skills with a stoppage against Robert Redmond Jr. (7-2-2, 6 KOs).

Andrew Cancio

“It feels good. I was going for the head and the body was there and I took it. I’m here to stay at 137, it’s not a fluke, and I’m ready for the other champions.”

“Nothing I knew it was above my eye. It wasn’t getting in my eye. We were staying composed. I knew if I kept throwing my combinations I’d slow him down. I know I’m a hard hitter.”

“I thought he was getting up but he knew if he got up I was coming from him.”

“I’m here to stay, it’s not a fluke. I did this twice and you got to see the new and approved Andrew Cancio.”

“Well Rene Alvarado has been sitting there waiting patiently as the number one mandatory, and he’s has proven himself and he’s number one. He’s has been waiting long enough, so let me get my cuts healed up and talk to my team and promoters. I told them I don’t care who it is, Rene Alvarado, JoJo Diaz.”

“Yeah I’ll be back at work on Monday.”

Alberto Machado

“Look he’s a great champion and he showed that tonight.”

“I had an excellent training camp and he did his job. I have to check with my team and see if I should move up cause this division is small for me.”

“Look I was ready to get up and the ref decided to stop the fight, I wanted to keep going.”

“It was always my decision to have this fight be my last fight in this division. It was the risk I was willing to take in this rematch. Cancio did his thing tonight and now I have to make a decision.”

Elwin Soto

“The truth is I feel nice. It feels great to accomplish this. I worked very hard, and put a lot of effort into this.”

“To be honest I thought I was going to lose and thank god I landed that punch and won the fight.”

“No when I first dropped him I felt I could have stopped him, but I knew it was going 12 rounds.”

“This is victory means a lot and dedicate this belt to my family.”

Angel Acosta

“I’m a little disappointed. Sure he hurt me but not enough for the stoppage.”

“I would of used my jab more and use my distance more just like I did in the gym.”

“I told the ref he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was coming back to get him but he shouldn’t have stopped the fight. Look it was the last round, there was not much more in the round.”

“I would like to fight same opponent, or the other champions in the division.”

Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

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