By Ryan Burton
Former IBF bantamweight titleholder Randy Caballero (22-0) hopes that 2016 is a better year for him than 2015. Caballero captured the title in Monaco in October, 2014 when he defeated Stuart Hall. He subsequently underwent surgery which kept him out of the ring for a year.
He was scheduled to make his return to the ring this past November against Lee Haskins on the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez undercard but missed weight and in addition to losing his title, the fight was cancelled altogether.
He will have a chance to put that behind him on Friday when he faces Ruben Garcia (15-1-1) at the Fantasy Springs Casino near his hometown of Coachella, California. The fight will be televised by Estrella TV and will take place at the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds.
"It is good to be back. It has been a long training camp. We have been trying to get a fight and it feels good to be back fighting in my hometown in front of my family. I can't wait. I am really anxious to get back," said Caballero who refused to use his injury as an excuse for missing weight.
"I don't think that was why. That training camp was amazing. I felt I was in the best shape of my life in that camp. I was anxious to come back on such a big card. I knew that fight was going to open a lot of doors for me. The night before I was at 119 and I was on track to make 118 perfectly fine. Then when I woke up I was 123.5. I don't know what happened. Still to this day we don't know what happened. I try to leave that behind. I let it go and I lost a lot from that. I lost my world title and probably a lot of fans but there is nothing I can do about it. Just look forward to my next journey and hopefully wins titles at 122 this year."
The 25-year-old said that he does notice a difference in camp knowing that he doesn't have to cut quite as much weight. 4 pounds makes a big difference when the only weight left to lose is muscle and water.
He plans on fighting for a world title in his new weight class sooner rather than later.
"I definitely feel a lot stronger. I know its only 4 pounds but in the world of boxing 4 pounds is a lot. I feel really strong. I feel a lot better. Me coming from being a world champion I want to be a world champion again. I am not going to sit around and wait. I am going to make it happen," Caballero stated.
The Golden Boy promoted fighter finished our conversation by apologizing to the fans for missing weight and with a promise of putting on a spectacular performance on Friday.
"I am sorry what happened in the past but we had to let that go and I am excited for February 5th and ready to put on a great show for everybody at Fantasy Springs," Caballero told BoxingScene.com.
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