Fight Chatter Feb. 10

Photo by Alonzo Coston

Fight Chatter Feb. 10, 2019 


By Uppercut staff

Andrew Cancio (20-4-2) upset Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado by knockout to win the WBA super featherweight world title on Saturday Feb. 9. Cancio survived a first round knockdown and rallied furiously from that point on to floor Machado three times with body shots. The last came at 2:16 of round four and gave the fighter from the nearby desert town of Blythe, Calif. the victory in front of his fans at Fantasy Springs Casino. “I didn’t want to fail,” said Cancio.


Gervonta Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) knocked out Mexico’s Hugo Ruiz (39-5) with a right hook at 2:59 of the first round to retain a version of the WBA super featherweight world title on Saturday Feb. 9. The title fight was held at Dignity Health Center in Carson, Calif. Davis immediately caught the attention of fans there and on television as he employed dancers to perform “Thriller” by Michael Jackson as he strode into the boxing ring. It was pretty entertaining stuff.


WBO middleweight titlist Christina Hammer (24-0) knocked out Elene Sikmashvili (8-8) in the second round of a non-title fight on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. The match was held in Berlin, Germany and now opens the door for the mega showdown against WBC, IBF, WBA middleweight titlist Claressa Shields this spring.


Upcoming fights


Jesse Angel Hernandez (12-1) meets Thomas Ward (25-0) in a 10 round super bantamweight title fight on Friday Feb. 15, at Mulvane, Kansas. Also, super lightweights Mykal Fox (19-0) and Shohjahon Ergashev (15-0) battle in the semi-main event. Showtime will televise.


WBA middleweight titlist Rob Brant (24-1) makes his first defense of the world title against Khasan Baysangurov (17-0) in a 12-round match at Hinckley, Minn. On Friday Feb. 15. Also, Derrick Webster (28-1) meets Lennox Allen (21-0-1) in a 10 round super middleweight fight. ESPN will televise.


Mikaela Mayer (9-0) defends the NABF super featherweight title against Mexico’s Yareli Larios (13-1-1) in a 10 round bout on Friday Feb. 15. The female title fight will be streamed on ESPN+.


WBA featherweight world titlist Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1) defends against Rafael Rivera (26-2-2) on Saturday Feb. 16, at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Santa Cruz, 30, is making his third defense since regaining the title from Carl Frampton in January 2017. Also, Omar Figueroa (27-0-1) and John Molina (30-7) meet in a head bangers ball set for 10 rounds in the welterweight division. Fox will televise.