Combate Americas to Debut Featherweight Championship in New Mexico

By Natalie Zamudio May 8, 2019
Combate Americas announced today that it will hold its "first-ever, world featherweight championship" in New Mexico on June 28. The main event will feature 2018 Copa Combate tournament winner Andres "The Bullet" Quintana (18-2) facing off against Bruno "Aquiles" Cannetti (8-6) in a much-anticipated rematch.

"Andres Quintana's victory of last year's Copa Combate was nothing short of brilliant, but his fight with Bruno Cannetti during the tournament left some unfinished business on the table," said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren. "There isn't a better way to settle this rivalry than a rematch with the Combate Americas world title at stake."

Quintana, 27, calls New Mexico home. Originally from Roswell, Quintana now fights out of Albuquerque. His Dec. 7 championship victory in the Copa Combate tournament left Quintana the recipient of three single-night wins plus a $100,000 grand prize. The most notable of those three victories came in the semifinals against Argentina's Cannetti, who dropped Quintana in minute one of round one, only to himself be finished by "The Bullet" one minute later via TKO.

Cannetti, 29, disputed the stoppage but Quintana advanced to the championship stage without issue. There, Quintana earned another first-round win, this time via spinning elbow against Alejandro "Gallito" Flores. Quintana is undefeated under the Combate Americas banner, while Cannetti, prior to his loss to Quintana, was three wins deep.

Combate Americas World Featherweight Championship will air live on Univision and DAZN from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, on Friday, June 28.
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