Two 125-pound amateurs are set to meet at USFFC 22 this coming spring in a fight that could have future title ramifications in that division.
Anthony Canzano takes on C.J. Vanover on the amateur side of the card at this April 18 event emanating from the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. This card is headlined by a professional grudge match pitting former teammates Eric Calderon and Brandon Barrett against one another in a winner-take-all fight with regard to the purse.
Vanover (3-2) is an independent fighter out of western North Carolina who truly can be called a USFFC original. Each of his five fights to date has taken place inside that promotion's cage. Vanover suffered a first-round TKO defeat in his first fight, then rebounded with three consecutive victories to position himself for a shot against USFFC Flyweight Champion Marcus Levester, a bout that Levester won by guillotine submission in the opening round.
There's now a void atop the USFFC 125 division. Levester has wrapped up his amateur career and is in Las Vegas training with Syndicate MMA in anticipation of a pro career. That means a new individual will be crowned USFFC champion soon,
Vanover, as an experienced competitor for the USFFC, has a chance to re-enter the title picture. First he has to get past Canzano, a 2-2 fighter from South Carolina who trains at HIT Elite and Revolution MMA. Canzano is active-duty military, and coming off a decision loss in September at NFC 68 in Georgia. In fact, three of his four fights to date have taken place in Georgia, and he's also had three of his four contests go the distance.
Both of Canzano's wins to date have come by decision.
Can Vanover stake his claim on title contention? Or will the local favorite Canzano have his hand raised?
We'll have to wait and see what happens at USFFC 22.
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