Randy Caballero’s first defense to be in hometown
After winning the IBF’s vacant bantamweight title over Stuart Hall on Saturday, Randy Caballero could make his first defense in front of the fans who know him best, according to Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions.
De La Hoya wants to bring the 24-year-old boxer-puncher’s next fight to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Caballero’s birthplace — Indio, California — after victories in his past two bouts. In his last appearance at Fantasy Springs, Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) stopped Miguel Robles in the seventh round in July 2013.
“Randy is so popular around his home of Coachella (a neighboring town connected to Indio), and Fantasy Springs was the venue for so many of his fights as he climbed the championship ladder,” said De La Hoya.
“Put those facts together, and there’s only one possible spot for his first title defense. I’ve been saying for a long time that Randy is a true future star of boxing, and he continues to deliver on that promise. The fans at Fantasy Springs should buckle up for another fantastic fight in the near future.”
Caballero dropped Hall in the second round on the way to a unanimous decision in Monte Carlo. In his previous fight, Caballero scored an eighth-round technical knockout of Kohei Oba in the veteran’s hometown in Japan.
On Tuesday, Caballero left for Managua, Nicaragua, the native country of his father and trainer, Marcos, as well as that of the late champion Alexis Arguello, whom Caballero met when he was a child.
“The Nicaraguan government is flying us there for a big celebration,” said Caballero in an interview with RingTV.com. “So I’m going to go there with my dad, Marcos Caballero, the only trainer that I have.”