Gabriel Flores Jr. will have to discover an additional opponent against whom he can take a step up in competition.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Andrew Cancio has suffered a returned harm and has withdrawn from their 10-round junior lightweight fight. The 20-yr-historic Flores (19-0, 6 KOs), a setting up one hundred thirty-pound prospect from Stockton, California, and the 32-year-ancient Cancio (21-5-2, sixteen KOs), a former WBA a hundred thirty-pound champion from Ventura, California, were supposed to battle February 20 as a part of the Miguel Berchelt-Oscar Valdez undercard.
ESPN changed into set to televise the Flores-Cancio conflict because the co-feature of a broadcast that’ll be headlined with the aid of Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) and Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-circular battle for Berchelt’s WBC tremendous featherweight title. each bouts were formally introduced Wednesday.
Flores is anticipated to continue to be on the card, in a televised combat in opposition t an opponent to be decided.
Cancio’s injury has additional delayed his debut on the grounds that signing a promotional contract with Bob Arum’s proper Rank Inc. ultimate January.
His first fight with proper Rank turned into scheduled for ultimate April 25. Cancio became set to fight Tyler McCreary (sixteen-1-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-rounder on the Naoya Inoue-John Riel Casimero undercard at Mandalay Bay hobbies middle in Las Vegas.
That entire reveal was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cancio’s excellent Rank debut became rescheduled for July 16, however the Nevada State Athletic fee wouldn’t approve varied opponents proposed for Cancio to battle that nighttime. less than two months later, Cancio’s proposed combat in opposition t Saul Rodriguez (24-1-1, 18 KOs), which became tentatively set for September 12, fell apart over funds.
Cancio, who works a full-time job working a jackhammer for Southern California fuel business, has now not fought seeing that Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (32-9, 21 KOs) upset him to win the WBA “super” 130-pound championship in November 2019. That one-sided bout became stopped after the seventh circular.
9 months prior, Cancio upset Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado with the aid of fourth-circular knockout to win the WBA’s “super” title within the junior light-weight division. Cancio additionally knocked out Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) within the third circular of their rematch in June 2019.
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.