Duke McKenzie vs Gaby Cañizales – Highlights (McKenzie OUTCLASSED Cañizales)


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June 30th, 1991. On this day, the hard punching Gaby Canizales makes the 1st defense of his WBO World Bantamweight Championship against skillful technician Duke McKenzie.

Prefight records; McKenzie 28(15)-2, Canizales 48(36)-7-1.

In March 1991, Canizales fought defensive wizard Miguel “Happy” Lora in an exciting 2 round slugfest where he triumphed with a spectacular knockout to win the WBO Bantamweight Title. It was the only KO loss of Lora in his 14 year pro career.

Canizales’ 1st title defense of his WBO strap is slated to be against former IBF Flyweight Titleholder, Britain’s Duke McKenzie.

While Gaby Canizales was renown for his punching power, it was no answer to the boxing skills of McKenzie who outboxed Canizales utilizing a sharp jab and a variety of combinations as well as a great defense to outclass the reigning world champion through 36 minutes of boxing.

This is arguably the best performance of McKenzie since his 11th round stoppage of Rolanda Bohol 3 years ago, where he bagged the IBF World Flyweight Championship.

With this win, McKenzie became World Champion in 2 weight divisions and the 1st British boxer in 87 years to become World Bantamweight Champion; the last was Joe Bowker who outpointed Frankie Neil to win the World Bantamweight Crown in October 1904.

Additionally, McKenzie made history as the 1st British boxer to become world champion in 2 weight divisions; 94 years after Bob Fitzsimmons beat James J. Corbett via KO14 in March 1897.

A little more than a year later, McKenzie outpointed Jesse Benavides to win the WBO Junior Featherweight Championship to win world titles in 3 weight divisions; 112, 118 and 122.

At the time of this fight, Gaby and his brother Orlando were both World Champions at 118 where Gaby held the WBO title while Orlando was the reigning IBF Titleholder. Thus, there were talks of a possible match up between them which would be the first ever world title fight between two reigning world champion boxing brothers.

However, Gaby lost this fight and opted retirement; tanking any possibility of the fight to materialize.

Gaby Canizales had a final record of 48(36)-8-1 and held wins over Richie Sandoval, Kelvin Seabrooks & Miguel Lora.

Duke McKenzie retired in March 1998 with a final record of 39(20)-7.

He was world champion in 3 weight divisions; Flyweight, Bantamweight & Junior Featherweight with notable wins over Juan Herrera, Charlie Magri, Cesar Soto, Gary Canizales, Jesse Benavides & Rolando Bohol.

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