- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Bantamweight titleholder Randy Caballero will make his first title defense on Aug. 8 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in his hometown of Indio, California, according to Golden Boy Promotions and HBO, which will televise the fight (against an opponent to be determined) on HBO Latino. Caballero was due to defend against Alberto Guevara on Feb. 27 at Fantasy Springs but a cyst on his ankle was giving him problems in training camp. He withdrew and had subsequent surgery. Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs), 24, traveled to Monte Carlo and won a unanimous decision against England’s Stuart Hall in October to claim the vacant 118-pound belt. Junior middleweight Alfonso Gomez (25-6-2, 12 KOs), a former welterweight and junior middleweight title challenger, is slated to appear in the co-feature but does not have an opponent yet.
• Former two-division titleholder Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs), the Brazilian star who is coming out of retirement for the second time to fight Aug. 15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was slated to face countryman Michael Oliveira (20-2, 15 KOs) in a rematch of Freitas’ ninth-round knockout win in June 2012. But Freitas, 39, who won world titles at junior lightweight (where he unified two belts) and lightweight, announced that the fight with Oliviera is off because of issues related to the television deal. Freitas, who knocked out Oliveira at junior middleweight when he ended his first retirement, is looking for a new opponent for Aug. 15.
• The world will get yet another interim titleholder when 19-year-old Vincent Feigenbutz (19-1, 18 KOs), of Germany, meets Mauricio Reynoso (15-1-1, 11 KOs), 38, of Peru, for a second-tier super middleweight belt on July 18 at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Sauerland Event announced that the fight will take place as the co-feature on the card topped by the fourth meeting between super middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs). Sauerland Event is touting Feigenbutz-Reynoso as a chance for Feigenbutz to become the youngest German fighter to win a version of a world title.