At the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA, Friday, Golden Boy Promotions put on a 6 bout card over ESPN2.
In the Main Event with punches flying for the entire fight WBA Inter-Continental Super Featherweight champion Andrew “El Chango” Cancio, 19-4-2 (14), of Ventura, CA, in a war defeated Kosovo’s Dardan Zenunaj, 14-5 (11), of Sherman Oaks, CA, over 10 rounds of fan pleasing action!
In the first round with Zenunaj using his jab Cancio landed a left hook to the head almost dropping him. Cancio landed a 3-punch combination starting with a right to the head of Zenunaj. Trying to back up Cancio Zenunaj was eating plenty of leather. Just prior to the bell, Cancio landed another 3-punch combination to the head of Zenunaj. In the second round it was all Cancio up until a minute when Zenunaj finally landed a right to the head. Cancio backing up was landing almost every punch he countered with. Cancio landed a wide left hook to the head of Zenunaj knocking him back several steps.
In the third round Cancio landed a combination following with a double jab to the head of Zenunaj. A left hook followed with a right to the chin of Zenunaj rocked him from Cancio. Cancio landed five unanswered punches before Zenunaj came back with a right of his own. In the fourth round Zenunaj came out firing punches while Cancio was throwing back as many both to the head. Cancio had a cut on the bridge of his nose which is an old wound. Zenunaj fought well enough to take the round.
In the fifth round Zenunaj kept coming forward while Cancio countered with straight right’s to the chin. Zenunaj kept throwing punches while boaring in. Cancio countered with five unanswered punches to the head of Zenunaj. In the sixth round Cancio continues landing at a high percentage while backing up. Cancio landed five unanswered punches with the final right snapping back the head of Zenunaj. There is no slowing down from Zenunaj as he throws one punch after another. Zenuanj finished the round strong with a 3-punch combination driving Cancio against the ropes.
In the seventh round Zenunaj kept coming forward landing a right cross to the chin of Cancio who was slowing down with his punch output. All of a sudden it was Cancio landing half a dozen punches not discouraging the ever pressing Zenunaj. The backing up of the other fighter was switching back and forth. In the eighth round Zenunaj came out fast again driving Cancio backwards. Zenunaj was landing one while receiving two but never stopped pushing Cancio back. He drove Cancio against the ropes until he allowed Cancio to spin away landing a countering right to the chin of Zenunaj.
In the ninth round with the fight up for grabs Zenunaj was firing but Cancio came back with punches of his own. It turned out to be the best round of the fight as both fighters were throwing bombs. Cancio was feeding off the energy of the round. Zenunaj had some bleeding from his bald head. In the tenth and final round with the crowd on their feet both fighters left it all hang out. Cancio landed a left hook to the head with Zenunaj countering with a right to the head. Cancio with blood from the nose and the mouth was doing well but couldn’t keep Zenunaj from throwing punches in bunche’s. The fans loved it! Referee was Ray Corona doing both ten main and co-main events.
Scores from Lou Meret and Alajandro Rochin at 99-91 were way off while Carla Caiz was more on target at 96-94 while this writer had it 95-95.
In the Co-Main Event Super Welter Yoshihiro Kamegai, 27-5-2 (24), of Tokyo, Japan, lost to Greg “The Villian” Vendetti, 20-2-1 (12), of Stoneham, MA, over 10 rounds of action.
In the first round both exchanged right hands to the chin. Vendetti forced the action landing a pair of left hooks to the chin of Kamagai. Kamagai used his jab while Vendetti was throwing bombs with both hands. In the second round Vendetti landed a hard right to the chin of Kamagai. Coming back with a right uppercut to the chin of Vendetti was Kamagai. In the round Kamagai decided to stay in close and slug it out with Vendetti. From the corner Vendetti punched his way out. Vendetti put his head in the chest of Kamagai and kept throwing with both hands mostly to the head.
In the third round Vendetti had a red mark under the left eye of Kamagai using his head and punching power. Kamagai was landing good right uppercuts while Vendetti with wider combinations both head hunting. In the fourth round Kamagai backed Vendetti against the ropes once again but received as much as he landed. Kamagai worked the body slowing down Vendetti. A 3 punch combination by Vendetti knocked the head back of Kamagai.
In the fifth round Kamagai landed a combination to the body while Vendetti countered with a right cross to the chin of Kamagai making the fans yell out! Both fighters were now throwing for the head looking for at least a knockdown if not a knockout. At the end of the round Kamagai had swelling outside of his left eye on the cheek bone. In the sixth round Kamagai came out using his jab again trying to set up Vendetti with a right hand. Vendetti drew blood from the nose of Kamagai with a left hook and right cross. Kamagai missed with a right and got countered by a right from Vendetti.
In the seventh round Vendetti tried staying off the ropes but was getting hit by Kamagai. Vendetti backed into the ropes firing with both hands. Off the ropes prior to the bell Vendetti landed a pair of right hands to the chin of Kamagai. In the eighth round Kamagai pulled straight back with Vendetti following him hands down landing a left and a right second’s later to the chin of Kamagai. Halfway thru the round Vendetti wouldn’t let Kamagai push him backwards but pushed Kamagai back with head down and throwing with both hands.
In the ninth round Kamagai still going to the body but not slowing down Vandetti even with chopping right hands to the head. Vandetti was slowing down a bit but still out punching Kamagai. In the tenth and final round again Vendetti was backed into a corner but punched himself out. Both fighters were throwing bombs and landing. Vendetti land a 3-punch combination with both throwing and landing up until the bell. It was and easy night for referee ray Carona.
The scores were 98-92 twice and 97-93 with the writer 96-94.
Welterweight Luis Feliciano, 8-0 (5), of Utuado, PR, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, stopped Jonathan Fortuna, 8-2 (5), of Santo Domingo, DR, at 2:38 of the fifth round of a scheduled 8.
Super Bantam Anthony Reyes, 3-0 (2), of Coachella, CA, defeated Luis “Luisito” Montellano, 0-3-1 (0), of Tijuana, MEX, over 4 rounds.
Welterweight Shakhram Giyasov, 4-0 (3), of Bukhara, UZB, out of Brooklyn, NY, scored a third round stoppage of Albert “Tornado” Mensah, 31-7-1 (15), of Accra, GHA, in a scheduled 6.