Photo Credit: Gene Blevins-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Los Angeles – Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference at the Golden Boy Building in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan 22., to announce the Feb. 27 IBF Bantamweight World Championship fight between the titleholder Randy “El Matador” Caballero and Alberto “Metro” Guevara. The event was hosted by Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions and was attended by more than 50 local and international media outlets. Seven-time world champion in four weight classes, Erik Morales and former WBC and IBF Super Bantamweight World Champion Isreal Vasquez were also in attendance.
Other fighters featured on the card participated in the press conference including Mexicali’s Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) who fights in his first eight-round bout as the co-main event against Los Angeles’ Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs). Plus, Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) spoke about his upcoming opening telecast bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, a four-round fight against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs). Also, newcomer Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO) and the undefeated Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs) discussed their upcoming fights, both against opponents yet to be announced.
Below is what the fighters had to say today at the Golden Boy Building, in downtown Los Angeles:
Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:
“I’m really excited to be presenting to you what we call a homecoming. ‘The Homecoming’ will consist of a champion who traveled all the way to Monte Carlo and brought the world title back to Coachella. Back to where he grew up, where he trained. Back to all his people that always supported him at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
“[Randy] is a champion that has always represented his roots from Nicaragua. That for many years another great champion, my idol, Alexis Arguello represented. For Randy it will be a great honor to fight in front of his public, his hometown.
“Thank you to FOX for this great opportunity. It’s going to be a tremendous showdown on FOX Sports 1. This is what FOX Sports 1 is all about giving you the best action not only from the future champions, but as we can see now ‘The Champion,’ Randy Caballero.
“We will be bringing back Fight Night Club live from downtown. That will be an exciting series. It will give us an opportunity to cultivate the next generation of Los Angeles champions.
“We believe in Taishan, we believe in his ability. He has talent, speed and tremendous power as demonstrated in his last two fights. We know how to build champions; therefore we have no doubt in our mind that Taishan can become the heavyweight fighter that everyone dreams to of.
“It goes to show you the character in Manuel [Roman]. He’s chasing after his dream, he wants that world title, but he has to get through the next young fighter.
“This next fighter has the same last name as me, De La Hoya; yes he is my cousin. But this is a serious fight. This is a real fight. This is a dangerous fight. Diego is all about facing the toughest challenges. He wants to go as fast as he can towards a world title.
“[Alberto Guevara] has recent wins that have put him back on that championship level and now he is back challenging for a world title at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
“[Randy] has fought 12 times at Fantasy Springs Casino and every single time he comes out more explosive, hungrier than ever, working harder and harder, all for the fans. All to make sure that the fans leave satisfied having witnessed some great fights.”
Randy “El Matador” Caballero, Undefeated IBF Bantamweight World Champion
“I want to thank Alberto for taking this fight, it’s going to be a war.
“I went around the world to win this title. Trust me, it wasn’t easy and I am not ready to give it up. I am going to make sure to keep it right by my side and we are going to conquer 118 pounds one fight at a time.
“The people on this card are great. We are glad to have it at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
“I’m going to make sure I am the fight of the night and you guys leave satisfied. Hopefully he is ready, because I am going to be giving it my all. I’m not letting this title go anywhere.”
Alberto “Metro” Guevara, Bantamweight Contender
“I am prepared, happy, excited, and motivated. I think that on the February 27 we will win, I come with that attitude.
“Thanks to the champion, thanks to Golden Boy for giving me this opportunity. It is my time. I deserve it. I have worked very hard. I have the attitude. I have the talent to win the world title.
“I can assure you that February 27 will be a very good fight, a fight you don’t want to miss. It will be explosive and, at the end of the night, I will be the new world champion.”
Diego De La Hoya, Super Bantamweight Prospect
“I’m very happy to be here and very happy with my promoter that is taking me and guiding me in the right way. I’m very happy to be a part of this card and with a companion, a stable mate like Randy and to have it be at Fantasy Springs, which is like a second home to me is very exciting.
“I’m training hard. I’m fighting an opponent with a lot of experience. There is no other way than victory for that night. I am going to win.
“I want to make it clear: I’m not afraid to be fighting with fighters at this level and this much experience because I’m confident of what I’ve done: De La Hoya is going to win.”
Manuel “Suavecito” Roman, Super Bantamweight Contender
“I want to thank Golden Boy for this opportunity and all the media for supporting this event.
“I’m in great shape for this fight. I just recently changed trainers, I’m with Isreal Vasquez and I think he is going to benefit me a lot. Having a world champion in my corner, you’ll see some changes
“I know my opponent comes as an undefeated fighter so I’m getting ready for everything.”
Taishan, Heavyweight Prospect
“I’m so excited to see you all here to support this upcoming fight at Fantasy Springs.
“I want to thank Fantasy Springs Casino Resort for inviting me back into the ring. Thank you Oscar De La Hoya for giving me this opportunity to fulfill my dream in boxing.”
“I will do my best to fight each fight, I want everyone to come out on February 27 to support me.”
Nick Arce, Super Featherweight Prospect
“First, I want to thank you all for being here today. I also would like to thank my team at West Side Boxing and my promoter Golden Boy Promotions for giving me this opportunity”
“I’ll give a great show on February 27 so that people can start knowing who Nick Arce is.”
Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete, Bantamweight Prospect
“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar, Leo Santa Cruz and my management team.
“I invite you all to come and meet the ‘Colombian Jaguar’ on February 27.”
John Carvelli, Vice Chair of the California State Athletic Commission
“I want to reiterate our pride and support for Golden Boy Promotions a California born and bred company, they are our most active promoter in the state. We are proud of Golden Boy Promotion’s professionalism.”