Caballero and Gomez
Randy Caballero and Frankie Gomez Battling Weight and Opponents in Indio
By David A. Avila
Randy Caballero has never been whipped in the boxing ring despite years and years of boxing as an amateur and professional. Though he has an undefeated record, the Coachella fighter no longer has the bantamweight world title he covets.
The almighty weight scale knocked him down and he was forced to forfeit the IBF bantamweight title when he could not make 118 pounds.
“At this point I don’t know exactly what happened. I weighed 119 the night before to wake up at 123 and a half. I wasn’t going to give up. Worked out but my body was completely shut down,” said Caballero of not making the 118-pound weight limit.
Fans and supporters of Caballero were stunned as the fight to defend the title against England’s Lee Haskins was cancelled the day before it was to take place in Las Vegas.
Caballero, 25, refuses to sulk and now seeks to fight in a heavier weight class, the 122-pound super bantamweight division.
“Doctors are telling me I can’t make that weight (118) any more. That 122 pounds is my natural weight because of age. I’m going to win a title in this weight class too,” Caballero said.
Caballero’s (22-0, 13 Kos) road to the 122-pound title starts against Mexico’s Ruben Garcia (15-1-1, 6 Kos) on Friday Feb. 5, at Fantasy Springs Casino. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised by Estrella TV.
Training at a heavier weight appeals to Caballero.
“I feel really strong. My body is bigger and formed. I’m excited. Hopefully everything goes good and I can become a world champion again,” Caballero said. “Of course it’s my dream to win titles in different weight classes. I told everybody let’s not risk it and my body can’t take it no more at 118.”
The journey to win a world title at super bantamweight begins. It’s a weight class fraught with some of the most dangerous prizefighters on the planet.
“I’m not looking back no more. I’m just looking forward at 122. Lot of tough guys that have titles like the two guys from England (Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg) and Nonito Donaire. Lot of action packed fighters. I’m ready to make a name for myself at 122,” Caballero says.
Speaking of weight problems, East L.A. contender Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez has not made weight in maybe half of his last six fights. Many consider the speedy welterweight a guarantee to win a world title. The only obstacle is making weight.
Gomez (19-0, 13 Kos) last appeared in October when he easily defeated Jorge Silva by unanimous decision at Fantasy Springs. Before that, he blanked fellow junior welterweight contender Vernon Paris after 10 rounds at the same arena. Gomez is dripping with talent.
Fans forget Gomez is only 23 years old because he’s been around since he was 18 when he won the amateur world championships and turned pro. Experts are almost unanimous in tabbing him a “can’t miss” future world champion. But, only if he can make weight. He failed to make weight last October and will be fighting Mexico’s Silverio Ortiz (34-16) a very canny veteran.
Sugar Shane Mosley will be available for photos and autographs between 6 and 7 p.m. at Fantasy Springs Casino. Mosley is a former lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight world champion. He is still fighting and recently won by knockout in Panama. For more information call (800) 827-2946.