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When bantamweight titlist Randy Caballero suffered an ankle injury and withdrew from his first defense against Alberto Guevara last week, Golden Boy Promotions went to work putting together a new main event for its Feb. 27 card (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

On Monday, Golden Boy announced the new headliner: Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano (28-4-1, 21 KOs) against Juan Carlos Abreu (18-1, 17 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, in a 10-round welterweight bout.

Cano just fought Feb. 7, but he knocked out Jorge Silva in the first round and came out of the fight not needing much time to get ready for another bout.

Abreu has won two fights in a row (both by knockout) since suffering his lone defeat, a 10-round decision to former junior lightweight and lightweight titleholder Humberto Soto in March.

In other bouts on the card, junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) -- a first cousin of Hall of Famer and Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya -- will face former title challenger Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout and Chinese heavyweight prospect Taishan Dong (2-0, 2 KOs) meets Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) in a four-rounder.

Notes: Ortiz stripped of interim belt

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Luis Ortiz-Lateef KayodeRamon Cairo for ESPNHeavyweight Luis Ortiz's first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode has been changed to a no contest.
A few notes from around the boxing world:

• Luis Ortiz, who won an interim heavyweight title on Sept. 11 by first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode and then tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone, has been formally stripped of the belt, according to the WBA. In a Jan. 12 hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Ortiz (21-0, 1 NC, 18 KOs) was suspended for eight months from the date of the fight, fined $8,000 (10 percent of his $80,000 purse), required to reimburse the commission $450 for the lab test on his sample and had his victory changed to a no contest.

• Mexico's Pablo Cesar Cano (27-4-1, 20 KOs), who briefly held an interim junior welterweight belt in 2012 and has been in action-packed losses to Shane Mosley and Erik Morales, will take on countryman Jorge Silva (20-6-2, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday night (Fox Deportes, 10 ET) at the Domo del Palacio Municipal in Chetumal, Mexico, Golden Boy announced. In the 10-round junior featherweight co-feature, 39-year-old former flyweight and junior bantamweight titleholder Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs), an Armenia native based in Australia, will face Mexico's Juan Jimenez (19-8, 12 KOs). Darchinyan is playing out the string in what has been an excellent career gone south in recent years. He has been knocked out in his previous two bouts by Nonito Donaire (for the second time) and Nicholas Walters in a featherweight title bout. Darchinyan has lost four of his last six fights.

• New York heavyweight Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) and Uzbekistan's Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) will square off in a 10-rounder at Resorts World Casino in New York in what is supposed to be a live time-buy boxing card on CBS Sports Net on Feb. 14. Promoter Sal Musumeci had previously announced a Dec. 13 card on the network featuring Rossy but it was canceled a week or so before the show. Light heavyweight Mike Lee (13-0, 7 KOs) is scheduled to face Gary Tapusoa (6-3-1, 5 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.

Golden Boy sets four April cards

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Golden Boy Promotions has its big shows coming up, including Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov on April 19 and Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana on May 3, but it also has its share of smaller cards with solid matchups and prospect showcases on tap, as well.

The promotion has announced four April cards that will air on its "Golden Boy Live" series (Fox Sports 1).

• April 3: At the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., unbeaten Cuban southpaw heavyweight Luis Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) -- who is on the verge of fighting for a belt -- will face long-faded former title challenger Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) of New York, who hasn't fought since a fourth-round knockout loss to Shane Cameron in 2012, in a 10-rouner. In the co-feature, Vallejo, Calif., heavyweight Gerald Washington (11-0, 8 KOs) meets Houston's Skipp Scott (16-1, 10 KOs). In other fights, 2012 U.S. Olympic heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KOs) meets Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs). Junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (3-0, 3 KOs), the 19-year-old cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, will also be on the card, in a six-rounder.

• April 14: At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, junior lightweight Ronny Rios (22-0, 10 KOs), a former amateur standout from Santa Ana, Calif., will face Andrew Cancio (15-2-2, 11 KOs) of Blythe, Calif., in a scheduled 10-rounder.

• April 18: At the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, welterweights Alan Sanchez (12-3-1, 6 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif., and Jorge Silva (19-5-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico, two action fighters, will meet in the scheduled 10-round main event. The card also will include blue-chip welterweight prospect Errol Spence Jr. (11-0, 9 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, against an opponent to be determined. Also on the undercard is Ann Wolfe-trained 18-year-old welterweight prospect Travell Mazion (7-0, 7 KOs).

• April 28: At the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico -- the same arena where junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia faced Mauricio Herrera last weekend -- junior welterweight Michael Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs), a Puerto Rican from Newark, N.J., will face Mexico’s Jorge Romero (24-8-, 21 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder. In the co-feature, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a junior bantamweight world title elimination fight.

Jorge Linares gives it another go

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Antonio DemarcoAP Photo/Jae HongJorge Linares, right, is trying to revive his career after two devastating loses.

Former two-division titlist Jorge Linares, blessed with enormous talent but a poor chin and tissue-thin skin that cuts easily, is on the comeback trail.

Venezuela's Linares, a one-time prodigy, won belts at featherweight and junior lightweight but never fully lived up to expectations. In 2009, he got whacked in the first round and lost his junior lightweight title to Juan Carlos Salgado in Tokyo, Linares' second home.

He then won four fights in a row before facing Mexico's Antonio DeMarco for a vacant lightweight belt last October at the Staples Center on the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson I undercard.

Linares was a heavy favorite and toyed with DeMarco for most of the fight. He was way ahead of DeMarco on all three scorecards going into the 11th round, but had also been severely cut and was bleeding profusely. Between the blood and DeMarco's raging desire to win, Linares got stopped late in the round in an upset.

It was such a dramatic comeback for DeMarco that a rematch was set up, but Linares first took a supposed tune-up fight. The result? He got whacked in the second round by underrated Sergio Thompson in March.

The DeMarco rematch went down the drain, and to many, so did Linares' career. But now Linares, 27, is giving it another go.

Trainer Freddie Roach, who took over as Linares' trainer for a few fights in a pairing that simply didn't work out, is no longer going to be in his corner. Linares (31-3, 20 KOs) is back with longtime trainer Sendai Tanaka as he heads into a scheduled 10-round lightweight fight against 37-year-old former lightweight and junior lightweight title challenger Hector Velasquez (52-17-3, 35 KOs) at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday night (Fox Deportes, 10 ET).

In the scheduled 10-round main event, Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KOs), fighting in the United States for the second time, will face Mexico's Jorge Silva (19-2-1, 15 KOs).

This could be Linares' last stand as a relevant fighter. He should beat Velasquez, who has fought many top opponents -- including Manny Pacquiao, Edwin Valero, Israel Vazquez -- but is just 2-6-1 in his past nine fights. Velasquez is presumed to be on his last legs.

The question is, however, is Linares also?

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