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Cano-Abreu new main event for Feb. 27 Golden Boy Live! show

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Two-time world title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano will face once-beaten KO artist Juan Carlos Abreu in the new main event of the Feb. 27 Golden Boy Live! show at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

Cano-Abreu replaces the Randy Caballero-Alberto Guevara IBF bantamweight title bout that was cancelled when Caballero sustained an ankle injury in training. The scheduled 10-round welterweight bout will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.

Cano (28-4-1, 21 knockouts), a 25-year-old boxer-puncher from Tlalnepantla, Mexico, scored a first round- KO of tough Jorge Silva in February, which helped him rebound from a disappointing ninth-round TKO to Fernando Angulo (due to a severe cut) last March. The young veteran’s other losses are to future hall of famers Erik Morales and Shane Mosley, and to then-WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi, who he dropped en route to a split decision verdict. Cano was competitive with Morales and Mosley as well.

Abreu (18-1, 17 KOs), a 27-year-old puncher from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has only one loss on his ledger – a 10-round decision to veteran two-division titleholder Humberto Soto last March.

The Golden Boy Live! co-main event features Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) against Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round junior featherweight bout. Also, Chinese heavyweight project, Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) makes his second appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) in the opening four-round televised bout.