- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Bantamweight titleholder Randy Caballero was supposed to make his first defense by facing Alberto Guevara this past Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California, in what would have been a triumphant homecoming to the venue where he has fought numerous times.
Caballero instead had to pull out the fight in early February and is prepping for foot surgery on Wednesday.
“He has a non malignant tumor in the heel of his foot,” Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN.com. “It was causing him much pain and finally caused him to stop training.”
Caballero is expected to sided for as long as four months.
Initially, Golden Boy Promotions announced that 24-year-old Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs), who won a unanimous decision against England’s Stuart Hall on Oct. 25 in Monte Carlo to claim the vacant 118-pound belt, had an ankle injury.
Caballero, of Coachella, California, has had 18 of his 22 professional fights at home in Southern California, including numerous at Fantasy Springs, and was looking forward to a homecoming for his first defense after going on the road to win the title eliminator in Japan and then the title fight in Monte Carlo.