Newly crowned bantamweight titleholder Randy Caballero is going home for his first title defense.
"El Matador" will take on Alberto Guevara on Feb. 27 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET) at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Monday.
Caballero, of Coachella, California, who has had 18 of 22 professional fights in Southern California, including numerous at Fantasy Springs, had to go on the road for his previous two fights, the most important ones of his career.
In April, the 24-year-old Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) traveled to Japan and knocked out Kohei Oba in the eighth round of a world title eliminator to become a mandatory challenger for a 118-pound belt. Then Caballero traveled to Monte Carlo and won a unanimous decision against England's Stuart Hall on Oct. 25 to claim the vacant title.
Now he is going home, where he loves to fight.
"This is a night I've dreamed about for a long time, and I always said that the only thing better than winning a world title at home would be defending it there. I'm going to be tough and impress my fans at Fantasy Springs," Caballero said.
After Caballero won the title, Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya promised him he would put on his first defense at Fantasy Springs, and he delivered.
"The fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino have watched Randy Caballero grow up as a fighter, so after he won a world title, our first order of business was bringing his first title defense back here," De La Hoya said. "It's going to be a great night and a celebration of an exciting young champion, but Alberto Guevara knows what it's going to take to beat Caballero, and he's going to give everything he has to take the title."
Guevara (18-2, 6 KOs), 24, of Mexico, is getting his third shot at a world title. In December 2012, he lost a wide unanimous decision challenging then-bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz. Guevara challenged for another version of the bantamweight title in his last fight in November 2013 and was knocked out in the ninth round by Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan. Now he is getting another unexpected opportunity.
"Randy Caballero is a good, young champion and he's fighting in his backyard, but I feel like this is my time," Guevara said. "I like being the underdog, and that will make my victory sweeter on Feb. 27."