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The fighting pride of the Coachella Valley in California, Randy "El Matador" Caballero is one of the sport's most intriguing rising stars on the verge of taking his career to the next level in a big way.
A 2008 US National Champion with over 150 amateur victories to his name, 19-year old Coachella bantamweight Randy Caballero has been poison to his opposition ever since he first laced up the gloves. And opponents in the pro ranks haven’t been spared either, as he has stopped all four of his foes in the first round. Born with boxing in his blood, as his father (and trainer) Marcos and older brother Robert boxed, the young Caballero was immediately smitten by the sweet science, and despite trying other sports, there was something about hand to hand combat in the ring that he couldn’t get anywhere else. So the obvious next step was stepping into the ring himself, and at the age of eight, and weighing just 49 pounds, he began his journey through the amateur ranks. Over the ensuing years he built a sizable fan following thanks to his talent and exciting style, and the result was a host of titles and victories. In 2008, he won the US National amateur championship and a Bronze medal in the World Championships in Turkey, but was unable to qualify for the 2008 US Olympic team because he was too young. Undeterred, Caballero made the decision to turn pro instead of waiting for the 2012 Games, and on March 25, 2010 he knocked out Gonzalo Nicolas in just 49 seconds. His subsequent three opponents suffered the same fate, with Edwin Rosado (43 seconds), Travis Bedwell (56 seconds) and Jairo Delgado (2:00) all falling due to the fiery fists of Caballero. On October 15th, Caballero was back in action against Missael Nunez at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, and he was untouchable as he scored a shutout four round decision win. The victory was the perfect segue into a year ending bout on the Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana undercard in Las Vegas on December 11th.