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Cano-Abreu to replace Caballero's defense

When bantamweight titlist Randy Caballero suffered an ankle injury and withdrew from his first defense against Alberto Guevara last week, Golden Boy Promotions went to work putting together a new main event for its Feb. 27 card (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

On Monday, Golden Boy announced the new headliner: Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano (28-4-1, 21 KOs) against Juan Carlos Abreu (18-1, 17 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, in a 10-round welterweight bout.

Cano just fought Feb. 7, but he knocked out Jorge Silva in the first round and came out of the fight not needing much time to get ready for another bout.

Abreu has won two fights in a row (both by knockout) since suffering his lone defeat, a 10-round decision to former junior lightweight and lightweight titleholder Humberto Soto in March.

In other bouts on the card, junior featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) -- a first cousin of Hall of Famer and Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya -- will face former title challenger Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout and Chinese heavyweight prospect Taishan Dong (2-0, 2 KOs) meets Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs) in a four-rounder.