Cano-Abreu at the Crossroad

By José Corpas on February 27, 2015
Cano-Abreu at the Crossroad
Despite being nicknamed “Merengue,” Juan Carlos Abreu doesn't dance much in the ring.

“This is my year,” says the confident Cano. “I want to fight for a world title but, first, I have to get through this fight…”

Both fighters have been down this road before. Pablo Cesar Cano (28-4-1, 21 KOs), still only 25, is already a nine-year veteran. He’s been on the big stage before scoring wins over Ashley Theopane and Johan Perez but also losing to Erik Morales, Shane Mosley, and dropping a disputed decision to Paulie Malignaggi. Tonight he hopes to get back into contention when he headlines at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA.

Standing in his way is the hard hitting Juan Carlos Abreu (18-1-1, 17 KOs). Coming from the boxing hotbed of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, Abreu is looking to score his biggest victory after falling short against Humberto Soto. In case you haven’t noticed, the Dominican Republic staged 40 fight cards in 2014. That’s twice as much as Puerto Rico had last year and nearly triple the 15 cards staged in the Dominican Republic during 2004. Looking to benefit from all that activity is Abreu, a hard hitter who, despite being nicknamed “Merengue,” doesn’t dance in the ring. 

But Cano, who performs as a singer when he’s not in the ring, doesn’t dance either. And he has the ability to make other fighters—fighters like Malignaggi, who he had doing back spins in the ring—do the dance moves. It’s an intriguing match and an important one as the winner looks to climb up the crowded welterweight ladder. 

“This is my year,” says the confident Cano. “I want to fight for a world title but, first, I have to get through this fight.”

Also on the card is Diego De La Hoya. Oscar’s little cousin is so far living up to his pedigree having boxed for the Mexican National team in 250-plus amateur fights. The video game and social media fanatic meets his sternest test in veteran Manuel Roman.

Heavy handed Chinese heavyweight Taishan looks to keep his knockout streak going against American Roy McCrary, who has also won all of his fights by KO.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:01pm, 02/28/2015

    Lousy judging again and again and again and again and again….95/95!!!! Stop it Goddammit!  Just stop it you stupid bastards!

  2. Kid Blast 09:31am, 02/27/2015

    Cano is tough but he cuts too much

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