Diego De La Hoya too much for Randy Caballero – Orange County Register

LAS VEGAS – Randy Caballero of Indio won a bantamweight world title with a decision over Stuart Hall in October 2014 in Monaco. But 13 months later – in November 2015 – he lost it when he weighed 5 1/2 pounds over the 118-pound limit ahead of what was supposed to be a title defense against Lee Haskins.
That bout never took place, but Caballero had gone 2-0 since that fiasco, and Saturday he was trying to make it three in a row when he tangled with top 10 super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya underneath the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena.
Caballero figured to have a tough time, and he did, as De La Hoya out-boxed Caballero over 10 rounds to come away with a wide unanimous decision.
De La Hoya (20-0), of Mexicali, won by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92.
There were no knockdowns. Caballero (24-1) had a black and blue mouse under his left eye. De La Hoya – a cousin to Oscar De La Hoya – had an abrasion near his right eye.
Caballero wanted to brawl, but De La Hoya was content on using his superior boxing skills. De La Hoya is ranked as high as No. 3 in the world.
“I trained for this fight, knowing it was going to be a really great battle,” said De La Hoya, 23. “All my sacrifice, I fueled into this fight.”
Caballero, 26, was upbeat, even though he suffered his first defeat.
“The winners tonight are the fans,” he said. “When we did this fight, we knew it was going to be a great opportunity to put on a good show. Diego is a good kid and a great fighter and I wish him the best.”
Marlen Esparza, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Houston, is now 3-0 after winning a six-round unanimous decision over Aracely Palacios of Mexico in the flyweight division. Esparza won by three scores of 60-54.
She was pleased with her work.
“Even though my opponent, on paper, looked like she had more ring experience, I’ve been in the ring way more than she had,” said Esparza, 28. “Because I had 3-minute rounds, I was able to think a lot more in the ring and was even told by my trainer I had to slow down.
“I couldn’t research much about my opponent, but we knew she was going to be throwing her right often. I’m satisfied with my performance because this was my first 6-round fight.”
Also, Vergil Ortiz (7-0, 7 KOs) of Dallas remained undefeated with a second-round knockout over Cesar Valenzuela of Phoenix in the super lightweight division.
Ortiz is just 19. He decked Valenzuela (7-2) twice in the second round.
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