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Friday, November 1, 2013
Randy Caballero hits the road

By Dan Rafael

Rising bantamweight contender Randy Caballero has fought all but one of his 19 professional fights in his home area in Southern California, going to Las Vegas for his sixth professional fight.

In fact, 12 of Caballero's fights have come at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

But the 23-year-old Caballero is going on the road when he travels to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., for a fight on Nov. 26 (Fox Sports 1).

Caballero will face Miami's Jessy Cruz in the scheduled 10-round co-feature on the card headlined by the return of Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs). The former light heavyweight champion, who is coming off a suspension for a positive steroid test, will be fighting for the first time since June 2012 when he moves up to heavyweight to face Mike Sheppard (21-15-1, 9 KOs).

"This is only my second fight outside of California and I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for the Florida fans on Nov. 26," said Caballero (19-0, 11 KOs), who is from Coachella, Calif. "This is a big night for me and I can't wait to get into the ring."

Cruz (10-5-1, 4 KOs), 30, has faced very limited competition but has won three fights in a row.

"Caballero is a tough kid and I've watched him on the way up," Cruz said. "But he's not coming into my house and beating me here. My trainer, Herman Caicedo, has prepared me well and I will shock the world when we fight."

Miami-based Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight in the co-feature against an opponent to be determined, but he is off the card for reasons that promoter Golden Boy did not announce.