California native Randy Caballero is ready to return home for the first time since July 2013 when the new IBF bantamweight champion makes the first defense of his belt in the New Year.
The 24 year-old impressed when defeating Stuart Hall to claim his first world championship in Monte Carlo last October and is now lined up for a return to Fantasy Springs Casino towards the end of February.
“My promoters (Golden Boy) are talking about making my first title defense here, in my hometown at Fantasy Springs Casino witch would be amazing. I finally get to be back at home and fight in front of my fans, family, and friends,” Caballero told World Boxing News.
“On my opponent, I leave that up to my team as my job is to keep training hard and be ready for whoever they put in front of me. I know whoever it is will make for a great fight.
“It don’t matter who I fight and where I fight. My last three fight I have had to go to my opponents home. I travelled to another country for my last two fights and still put on a great performance
“I’m not afraid of anyone and I am ready to take over the 118 division.”
Despite only just breaking through at 118lbs, Caballero is already being linked to some of the bigger names at the higher weight of super-bantamweight, which boasts the likes of Carl Frampton and Guillermo Rigondeaux – among others.
“On that decision I leave it up to my team on when we make that happen,” said Caballero. “I feel comfortable at bantamweight right now and can make the weight perfect. I just won my first world title at 118 and want to defend it and maybe go after some more belts – then I will talk about jumping to 122.”
Caballero concluded: “It has been a big change since I won the title as so many more people have come up to me asking for my autograph and pictures which feels good. I just want to say for all my fans out there if you looking to follow me and get more info on my follow me you can on Instagram or Twitter @RandyELMatador. Thanks for all the support.”