KO King Cain faces Mexican Moreno in May
Fearsome super-bantamweight Andrew Cain (9-0, 8KO) is back in action only five weeks after winning the WBC International Silver title in a blisteringly fast 19-second stoppage win.
The heavy-handed 25-year-old from Liverpool destroyed South American champion Pablo Ariel Gomez (15-11-2, 1KO) live on BT Sport, at the Telford International Arena on April 16.
That night, Cain stole the show with the astonishing 19-second knockout, which included the referee’s count. Despite being a two-time South American bantamweight champion, Cain hit Gomez with a clubbing right hand just 10 seconds into the scheduled 10-round championship contest, which the 30-year-old Argentinian couldn’t recover from.
He reflected back on the astonishing win, “To be honest, I knew it was a nice shot, but I thought the ref was going to let me go. I was just going to put him down again anyway so the ref probably did a good job.”
Whilst collecting his eighth KO from nine bouts, Cain also won his first ever professional title – the WBC International Silver super-bantamweight belt – once held by Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2015, and now returns to the ring a short month later to defend the belt.
His 10th professional opponent will be tough Mexican Luis Moreno (10-2, 6KO), 29 from Nuevo Leon.
Known as ‘Gallito’, which translates to ‘Cocky’ in Spanish, he has knocked out six of his 10 opponents during his five-year-long career. His last defeat was at the hands of top prospect Dennis McCann (12-0, 6KO) in March 2021. Despite touching down in the eighth and final round, Moreno couldn’t be stopped by the Maidstone man, who Cain fiercely views as a rival.
Only three from nine have made it past the halfway mark in a bout with Cain, and only one of those heard the final bell sound. Six of his contests finished before midway through, so Cain will have the same goal going into this next bout – ‘Seek and Destroy’.
He said of his next assignment, “I have a look at the opponent a couple of days out or when I get to the hotel. I only end up watching 30 seconds anyway. It is just so you’ve got a picture of their face in your mind because you never know what they are going to do. They could fly at you, they could run, so you have to be prepared for everything.”
Another of Cain’s rivals, Liam Davies (11-0, 5KO), who he beat multiple times in the amateurs, recently vacated his English super-bantamweight title to challenge British champion Marc Leach (18-1-1, 4KO).
Cain had been hopeful of renewing his rivalry in the professional ranks but will now have to wait for the outcome of their clash on June 11. In the meantime, the English strap is still vacant, however, having won a WBC regional title, he may feel that he’s past that level already.
A five-time national amateur champion, Cain will shortly be awarded with a place in the World Boxing Council’s top 40 world rankings, which will be further elevated if he can successfully retain his title on May 20.
Trained by Paul Stevenson at the talent-laden Everton Red Triangle gym in Liverpool, Cain trains alongside WBC Silver featherweight champion Nick Ball (15-0, 8KOs), who stole the show at Wembley just before the Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fight last month; unbeaten super-bantamweight Brad Strand (7-0, 3KOs); Olympian Peter McGrail (4-0, 3KO), and his younger brother Joe (3-0, 2KO).
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