INDIO, CALIF. (July 30, 2012) – Following an impressive ShoBox debut in March, unbeaten bantamweight rising star Randy Caballero, will make his 10th appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Friday, August 24 when he defends his NABO title against Mexico’s Manuel Roman in the main event of the hit SHOWTIME Sports® series ShoBox: The New Generation.
In the 10-round ShoBox co-feature, talented lightweight prospects collide when Michael Perez squares off against Fidel Maldonado Jr.
Caballero vs. Roman & Perez vs. Maldonado are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Despite being just 21 years old, Coachella, California’s Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KO’s) has experience beyond his years thanks to an active schedule pitting him against a wide array of tough competition. Most recently, the former amateur standout had quite a showing in his ShoBox debut on March 16, outpointing Jose Luis Araiza in his first 10-round fight which earned him the NABO bantamweight title. Following a fifth-round technical knockout over Jamal Parram in a non-title fight in June, Caballero is back home to defend his belt for the first time.
Tijuana, Mexico native Manuel Roman (15-1-3, 6 KO’s) has competed for much of his career in the flyweight division, but after a split decision loss to Anthony Villarreal in a WBC Youth Intercontinental title fight in 2009, he decided that the struggles to make weight were keeping him from performing his best. The 24-year old is unbeaten in three fights since, most recently knocking out Cristian Aguilar in just three rounds in June.
Twenty-two-year-old Michael “The Artist” Perez (16-1-1, 10 KO’s) is one of the brightest young stars on the competitive lightweight scene, dealing defeats to veterans such as Ira Terry and Tyrone Harris. In January, he suffered the first loss of his career at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino when he was stopped by fellow prospect Omar Figueroa, but like a true warrior, Perez bounced back with a second-round technical knockout over Eric Cruz in June. He’ll look to continue on his winning path against another fellow prospect in Maldonado Jr.
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s southpaw Fidel Maldonado Jr. (13-1, 11 KO’s) has nine wins in two rounds or less thus far in his career, reminiscent of the great lightweight punchers of the past. Like Perez, however, he will now have to show the resilience to bounce back from adversity. His August 24 fight will mark the 21-year-old’s first time in the ring since an upset defeat at the hands of Fernando Carcamo in April, but all signs point to “The Atrisco Kid” coming back stronger than ever.
Floriano Paglaira vs. Willie Villanueva on Thursday
NEW YORK (July 30, 2012)—This Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, popular Italian Super Featherweight Floriano Paglaira returns to the ring when he takes on Willie Villanueva of Alberquercue, New Mexico.
Pagliara, from the coastal city of Cecine, Italy now resides in Brooklyn has become one of the biggest favorites on the Broadway Boxing series.
The friendly and approachable IBF Medeteranian Super featherweight Champion sports a respectable 13-4 (7ko) record and is quickly becoming one of the top ticket sellers in the New York Area. Boxing is just one of his many interests and talents. Floriano’s has many outside interests that seperates him from a lot of pugilists.
“Floriano has such a great personality that people of this community have grown to love him”, said Pagliara’s American promoter Rich Komissar of RKO Boxing International.
“It’s amazing that in such a short period of time that he has gained fans from all five boroughs. Local businesses from New Yorks many Little Italy sections sport his posters every tme he fights. The folks on Artur Avenue in the Bronx love him. The same with Corona , Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and especially the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. I am so proud to be involved with such a great young man. He really gives 1000% of himself. He is a true sportsman and gentleman. I’ve been around boxing and fighters all of my life. I can honestly say I’ve never met any fighter with such a true heart. He is truly intoxicating to be around”.
Rich isn’t the only Komissar that has become close to the Champ. “He has become a part of our family. He treats me as a son would treat a father and I certainly feel the same towards him. Unlike most sons, Floriano asks for nothing and gives unconditionally” Komissar jokingly added. “My wife adores him” Komissar, who’s son Dan is in the restaurant business in New Jersey has recently noticed the close relationship between his son and Floriano can grow into a business relationship “Floriano is a trained chef by trade back in Cecine which is along the Tuscan coast. Floriano and his future bride Stefi (a certified Organic Nutrtionist) are self described “Foodies”. They both love to cook.
Floriano and Danny Komissar have talked about collaborating together and possibly opening up an eatery sometime in the future” The younger Komissar is planning a fact finding trip to the Tuscan region in late summer and early fall 2012.
Komissar, a cancer survivor since a 2007 bout with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma is involved with the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The Komissar family, along with their friends take part in twice annual Lymphomathon fundraisers.
“This year Floriano has offered to become a part of our team. We plan on raising double or maybe triple our regular fund raising efforts. This is very personal to me as I am a survivor of lymphoma and for Floriano to get involved more than touches my heart.”
Besides the Lymphomathon project, Floriano is a member of the Long Island New York Chapter of National Cooley’s Anemia Foundation which raises money to help children affected by a disease which attacks mosly youngters from the Medeteranian areas of the world.
Additionally, he recently joined fellow boxer and foundation founder “Captain” Boyd Melson’s Team Fight To Walk which raises money for spinal cord research and the Veteran Boxers Association Ring 8 NY which is an organization that caters to the needs of retired boxers.
Floriano is trained by Don Saxbey out of Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn New York and advised professionally by Rich Komissar of RKO Boxing International the legendary New York fight personality Tommy Gallagher.
Saxbey added “Floriano is ready for this important fight against Villanueva, he is in the gym everyday and he has been developing more of an American style and we have seen the improvement which has led to a three fight winning streak, He is ready to go go go.”
Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65, and $45, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, visiting Ticketmaster.com, or calling RKO Boxing at 908 240 2097 end_of_the_skype_highlighting