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Andrew Cancio is the boxing champion of boxing, a groundbreaking, full-time job as a construction engineer at Southern California Gas Co. balanced by day and & # 39; by night moonlight as a hunter.

Cancio believes he will get the short end of the stick across the board as he prepares to defend his WBA junior lightweight title in a rematch against Rene Alvarado (31-8, 20 knockouts) on Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (DAZN; 6 pm main card).

The previously retired Cancio (21-4-2, 16 KO & # 39; s) catapulted his uneven career to new heights in February when he upset Alberto Machado to win the WBA junior lightweight title with a knockout win. Shortly thereafter, he received the key to the city in his hometown of Blythe, California, with promoter Oscar De La Hoya, head of Golden Boy Productions, by his side, welcoming more than a thousand fans. Cancio proved in June that the first win against Machado was not a fluke and again emphatically crashed him.

Cancio thought convincing victories should have lost his underdog status and put him on a larger stage, but he has since been relocated to Fantasy Springs, a place where he is popular and has drawn fans enormously over his 12 fights there, mainly due to the 100 miles proximity to its small truck-stop city on the California-Arizona border.

"I don't know," he said about the perceived lack of respect. "Maybe because I haven't been on big cards yet, or because of the exposure I have to get. I'm sold out of Fantasy Springs, but I want Golden Boy to move me to different places so I can get a larger number of fans. I I am not the promoter I do not know how to handle it I am just the hunter who wants to earn money for my family I just have to keep winning and moving forward to get big fights and a lot of money so I can take a little distance from the gas company. "

Cancio is particularly upset that Golden Boy passed him on earlier this month as a co-playing fight for the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev card after promising him the important platform to show his skills.

Golden Boy chose to place social media star and Alvarez stable mate Ryan Garcia in the cooperative competition for the November 2 card, which somewhat pacified their dissatisfied prospect just as they were handling tumultuous contract negotiations with Garcia and distant contacts with his friend Alvarez.

"I feel that much of the promotion is focused on Canelo and Ryan Garcia," said Cancio. "I feel that Garcia has not fought anyone yet. As a co-main event, on a large card, without a belt, I find that a bit ridiculous.

"I haven't had a conversation with Oscar yet. He just showed up for the (key to the city) event, and very few words. I didn't sit down with him. I haven't talked to him yet, & # 39; said Cancio.

De La Hoya was not present in Indio for Cancio's title defense in June, and continued a recent trend that kept the Hall-of-Fame hunter out of the spotlight.

"I just want to be treated like a world champion and not just someone who has been lucky," said Cancio. "I have not been lucky. I have done my best to come here. I do not want to work and fight my entire career. I want to focus on boxing. To do that, I have to earn big money in larger locations. Maybe did they ever put me on a Jaime Munguia undercard. & # 39;

Andrew Cancio trains at the Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles in June.

(Greg Beacham / Associated Press)

Golden Boy Productions officials did not comment after hearing about Cancio's concerns.

Before going to larger cards, Cancio must continue to win and retain his status as a champion. In the way stand Alvarado, a mandatory challenger that he eliminated for the first time in 2015.

Cancio is also annoyed that Leo Santa Cruz is fighting for the "super" title of 130 pounds on Saturday while he has the "normal" version. Instead of making Cancio the "super" champion of the sanctioning body when Gervonta Davis left the title, the WBA left Cancio in the cold, and now Santa Cruz is making his division debut on the same night as the co-feature on a major fight card in Las Vegas with heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder against Luis Ortiz.

"Leo Santa Cruz is fighting for a belt I should have had," said Cancio. “I feel that I have to prove a lot. Many people still don't recognize me as one of the best champions out there. I just have to keep presenting what I deserve. & # 39;

Cancio continues to fight with a chip on his shoulder, breaking concrete to fix gas leaks, and also hoping to break through the glass ceiling.

Against the improved Alvarado, which rides a seven-fight winning series, Cancio will earn a career-high $ 200,000, a $ 75,000 increase from his last fight. Cancio said he has not yet left the gas company. He wants to buy a house and saves for the down payment.

"The first fight with Alvarado was a tough one, and now there is much more at stake," said Cancio. “I have to prove much more as a world champion. I don't take it lightly. The more I win, the more money I earn. That motivates me and keeps me going. "

The co-main event for the Cancio-Alvarado card will include Manny Robles III (18-0, 8 KO & # 39; s) of Los Angeles against Chinese champion Xu Can (17-2, 3 KO & # 39; s) for the WBA featherweight title.

Robles III is the son of Manny Robles, trainer of united heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz. The father-son duo is based at Legendz Gym in Norwalk, and Ruiz insisted that the father be in his son's corner on Saturday night before leaving for Saudi Arabia on Sunday for their heavyweight title match against Anthony Joshua on December 7.

"My time has come," said Manny Robles III. “All of my amateur experience, the hours I spent in the gym and the tough fighting as a professional have prepared me for this challenge. I'm ready to bring a world title to Los Angeles and make everyone at home proud. "

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