Randy “El Matador” Caballero doesn’t care if he has to cross the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean to win a world title. He only plans to make the most of it.
Coachella’s Caballero (21-0, 13 Kos) faces United Kingdom’s former world champion Stuart Hall (16-3-2, 7 Kos) for the vacant IBF bantamweight world title on Saturday, Oct. 25. The title fight will be shown on ESPN3 at 10 a.m. (PT).
After several years of competing in regional fights, most within driving distance of his home, the fiercely determined Caballero has suddenly become a world traveler. First he flew to Tokyo, Japan to fight and defeat Kohei Oba by knockout. Now he flies to Monaco to meet Hall in Monte Carlo.
“I don’t mind fighting anywhere around the world. I did it when I went to Japan. I fought in his (Oba’s) home town. Then they were sending me to Hall’s home town and I was going to do it,” said Caballero, who was originally set to fight Hall in the summer in the United Kingdom, but the fight was moved to Monte Carlo. “I will fight anywhere because when it comes down to it, it’s just me and him in the ring, no one else.”
Hall, 34, formerly won the IBF title by defeating Vusi Malinga back in December 2013. He successfully defended the title once, then lost a majority decision to Paul Butler this past June. The native of Darlington, Great Britain seeks to re-take the belt.
“I know he’s been a world champion but he’s beatable and we are going to do what it takes to win that world title,” said Caballero, 24.
Caballero was an amateur champion who as a 10-year-old was a gym rat. If you look at his face you would never know he’s been fighting that long. He was expected to become an Olympic champion but injuries kept occurring. When head gear was eliminated for international competition, Caballero decided to turn pro. Now he attempts to become the fourth fighter from the desert region to become a world champion.
“I’m excited that the dream I had as a kid is finally here,” said Caballero, who attempts to follow in the footsteps of Tim Bradley, Julio Diaz and Antonio Diaz as world champions from the desert region. “It’s right in my hands and I’m not going to let it slip away.”
The Nicaraguan-American boxer-puncher with good footwork plans to do whatever is necessary to bring back the world title.
“On October 25th my dream will come true,” he said.