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Blythe, CA native Andrew "Chango" Cancio made his professional debut in 2006, remaining undefeated for ten bouts before his first lost.
As the biggest fight of his career against Joseph Diaz Jr. approaches on September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Texas, California veteran Andrew “Chango” Cancio is prepared to shock the unbeaten former Olympian and continue on his road to a featherweight world championship.
A pro since 2006, Cancio fought to a draw in his debut against Juan Velasquez on March 23, 2006, but after that, “El Chango” decided to take matters out of the judges’ hands, earning his first eight victories by knockout.
On July 5, 2008, Cancio lost his first bout by way of a controversial majority decision against Carlos Vinan, but the popular Californian refused to be deterred, as he rebounded with two more knockout victories to up his pro record to 10-1-2.
Cancio wouldn’t return to the ring for two years and three months, as difficulty in securing fights, coupled with the birth of his daughter, made him wonder if he should just pursue a career as a barber, which he went to school for during his layoff.
But the call of the ring was a strong one, and on August 12, 2011, Cancio returned with a fourth round knockout of Lowell Brownfield, picking up where he left off. Following two more wins, Cancio was matched with 2000 Olympian and perennial contender Rocky Juarez on June 2, 2012, and on that night, “El Chango” was in top form as he upset Juarez via unanimous decision.
Decision losses to Roger Gonzalez and Ronny Rios sandwiched another big win over Jerry Belmontes in 2013, but in 2015, Cancio began his charge once more with a knockout victory over veteran contender Rene Alvarado.
In Cancio’s most recent bout, he knocked out seasoned competitor Hugo Cazares in three rounds on March 25, 2016, setting the stage for his showdown with Diaz Jr. on the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith undercard.