Randy Caballero: ‘I Hope to Make My First Title Defense in California’


    downloadRandy Caballero won the IBF bantamweight title last month after a 12 round unanimous decision victory over Stuart Hall in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The new champion directly flew to his native country of Nicaragua the day after the fight, where he was greeted by thousands of fans.

    Last week it was the Caballero’s homestate of California’s turn to celebrate the fighter’s victory. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino hosted a victory party for the new champion on the evening of the Golden Boy Live card last week. ThaBoxingVoice.com was present and had a chance to speak with the 24-year old fighter.

    We asked ‘El Matador’ how it feels to be a world champion.

    “It feels great. Me and my father wanted this from the start. We traveled around the world to win this world title. We accomplished our dream.”

    As already mentioned, Caballero flew directly to Nicaragua after the fight. The newly crowned IBF champion was not only greeted by fans at the airport in Nicaragua, Caballero explained.

    “I met with the president, which was great. He is a big boxing fan. I also met all the champions from Nicaragua at a diner they hosted for me. I sat right next to Roman Gonzalez. He is a great fighter, sky is the limit for him.”

    “I also had contact with Oscar [De la Hoya]. He called me before the fight to wish me luck and after the fight to congratulate me.”

    Caballero traveled around the world to become a world champion. He won the IBF eliminator in Japan and won the title in Monaco. We asked the fighter if he is still willing to travel around the world now that he is a champion.

    “I hope to make my first title defense here, in California. My fans deserve it. They have always supported me since day one. After that I will fight anybody, anywhere.”

    Back to the fight. Caballero was able to beat his British opponent in a hard fought and entertaining fight. We asked the champion if he feels that his performance against Stuart Hall is good enough to beat anyone at the bantamweight division.

    “No, every fight I have to improve. Things will only get tougher from here on. I trained hard for the Hall fight. That is why I was able to get through the twelve rounds and win the fight. I was able to fulfill my goals thanks to the Diaz brothers and Timothy Bradley. They set the standards high here.”

    To conclude the interview, ThaBoxingVoice.com asked Caballero whether he intends to stay at the bantamweight division or if he wants to move up to pursuit more titles.

    “My plan right now is to stay at 118 and defend the title”, the fighter stated. “And maybe in the future, when I get a chance to fight for a world title at an higher weight class, I will move up in weight.”