Diego De La Hoya Turns Down PPV Bout against Randy Caballero
July 25, 2017
Anthony Saldana (7 articles)
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Diego De La Hoya Turns Down PPV Bout against Randy Caballero

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Tuesday evening during an interview with the former IBF World Bantamweight Champion and current undefeated NABF Super Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KO’s) it was confirmed by Caballero, exclusively to Supreme Boxing that the Current WBC Youth Super Bantamweight Champion and undefeated Golden Boy Prospect Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO’s) has declined the opportunity to take on Caballero. The fight between Caballero and De La Hoya would have been broadcast on the PPV portion of the Canelo vs GGG card September 16th. “I wanted the fight, the fans wanted this fight, and it would have been a great opportunity for both of us to get great exposure on the biggest fight card of the year” stated Caballero. “Honestly we’re not getting any younger, this is an amazing matchup and I want Diego.” Caballero who recently pulled out of his match up with Oscar Negrete due to an ankle injury has been medically cleared to get back into the ring. “With all due respect to Negrete, my injury was bad, I couldn’t run, spar or train. It was absolutely devastating not fight him in my hometown in front of my fans, it would have felt good, but unfortunately my injury got the best of me.”

 

With Golden Boy stablemate Ronny Rios taking on WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Rey Vargas next month on the Cotto VS Kamegai undercard, many rumors were swirling about a potential matchup between De La Hoya and Caballero. “Both of our camps had discussed the fight, and I’ve been up for this fight, and when they asked if I wanted it, I accepted the fight. Today Golden Boy contacted me and didn’t give me any explanation or a reason and I didn’t ask why, but Diego’s camp refused the fight and I want to know why” stated Caballero “I’ll fight anyone the put in front of me, but I really want Diego, let’s make it happen.”

Diego De La Hoya has quickly climbed the Super Bantamweight rankings and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alan Castillo in San Luis, Argentina.

Caballero who is no stranger to big fights won his title eliminator in Kobe, Japan against Kohei Oba, and in his next fight traveled to Monte Carlo to capture the IBF title from Stuart Hall. “I accomplished winning the title the hard way, fighting on the road, it was tough, no family, no fans, just my corner,” stated Caballero. “I lost my title in the worst way any fighter could lose it, but I got to put that behind me, I want Diego and then the winner of Vargas vs Rios. I want the names, I want the belts, and I’m ready to prove I’m the best at 122”

 

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