SHOBOX LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AUGUST 24TH
Press Release: Bantamweight Randy Caballero will make his tenth appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Friday, August 24th against Mexico's Manuel Roman in the main event of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-feature, talented lightweight prospects collide when Michael Perez squares off against Fidel Maldonado Jr. Tickets are on sale at 800-827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Despite being just 21 years old, Coachella, California's Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KOs) has been kept busy. Most recently, the former amateur standout outpointed Jose Luis Araiza in his first ten-round fight. Following a fifth-round technical knockout over Jamal Parram in June, Caballero is back home to defend his belt for the first time.
Tijuana, Mexico native Manuel Roman (15-1-3, 6 KOs) has competed for much of his career in the flyweight division, but after a split decision loss to Anthony Villarreal in 2009, he decided that the struggles to make weight were keeping him from performing his best. The 24-year old is unbeaten in three fights since, most recently knocking out Cristian Aguilar in three rounds in June.
Twenty-two-year-old Michael "The Artist" Perez (16-1-1, 10 KO's) has wins over Ira Terry and Tyrone Harris. In January, the lightweight suffered the first loss of his career at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino when he was stopped by fellow prospect Omar Figueroa, but like a true warrior, Perez bounced back with a second-round technical knockout over Eric Cruz in June. He'll look to continue on his winning path against another fellow prospect in Maldonado Jr.
Albuquerque, New Mexico's southpaw Fidel Maldonado Jr. (13-1, 11 KO's) has nine wins in two rounds or less thus far in his career, reminiscent of the great lightweight punchers of the past. Like Perez, however, he will now have to show the resilience to bounce back from adversity. His August 24 fight will mark the 21-year-old's first time in the ring since an upset defeat at the hands of Fernando Carcamo in April, but all signs point to "The Atrisco Kid" coming back stronger than ever.