Gomez Crushes Proctor,
Caballero Wins Title
By Barbara Pinnella
This past Friday night Golden Boy Promotions Solo Boxeo once
again originated from the Fantasy Springs Hotel and Casino
in Indio, California, and was televised on TeleFutura. There
was a sold-out crowd of 1500 people in attendance. It was on
this card that home town hero Randy “El Matador” Caballero
(12-0, 7 KO’s) went for his first title belt, facing off
against Alexis Santiago (7-1-1, 2 KO’s) for the vacant WBC
Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title.
But more about that a bit later. First there was the main
event of the evening. This was a fight between East L.A.’s
Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KO’s) and Kadaphi Proctor (7-6-1),
and was scheduled for eight rounds in the Junior
This was a rather interesting first round, but not
necessarily in a good way. Gomez was doing a lot of the
hitting and Proctor doing more pushing. A rather lack-luster
second round. In the third Proctor slipped and was hit on
the way down. It was scored as a knockdown. I was almost
feeling sorry for Gomez at this point, as Proctor was making
it a very difficult and ugly fight.
The fourth round proved to be the last. After taking many
shots from really good right hands by Gomez, the fight was
waved off at 2:25. Put another win on the record of Frankie.
Hindsight is wonderful, but since I have some of that right
now, it’s too bad that another fight was not the main event.
That is taking nothing away from Gomez. He is so much
sharper than we got to see here. But there were a couple of
fights which would have been much more entertaining for the
Now, that co-main event between Caballero and Santiago.
Randy has a huge following down here in the desert, and the
crowd was large, as his fans did not want to miss out on his
possible title victory. But make no mistake, Santiago had
his group of fans in attendance, and they were loud as well.
This fight was to go a scheduled eight rounds, and not only
was one of these men going to walk out wearing a belt, the
other was going to suffer his first professional loss. (An
interesting little side note here on these two 20-year-olds;
Santiago is older than Randy – by one day!)
The first round saw both fighters trying to land some
punches, but it was Caballero who scored the most. Second
round saw Alexis connecting a bit, while Randy was able to
dodge and block several of the punches. Caballero also made
contact as well.
A good third for Santiago, as he was able to penetrate
Caballero’s defense for most of the round. Randy made
corrections in the next round, and seemed to be back on
track. In the fifth and sixth we saw more back and forth
action. But make no mistake, Randy was the one scoring the
Randy was still in the groove, and got in some really good
punches in the seventh round. But we were looking at two
very different styles, the slick and more polished
Caballero, against the strong and sometimes bullish
Santiago. In the eighth and final Caballero was the again
We went to the scorecards. With scores of 80-72 twice and a
79-73, the NEW WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight
Champion is Randy Caballero!!
Caballero had been a bit overweight at the weigh-in and when
he met me at the media table a bit later, he commented on
that. “My scale said I was on weight, so I came in thinking
I was on weight, but no excuses. I just went and sat in my
car and the heat just sweat it all off!”
He then spoke a bit about his fight. “I knew he would come
to fight. In the beginning he was trying to come in strong
and push me back but then I figured him out. I knew I had
the clear victory.”
When asked how it felt to have a belt, he replied with a
smile, “It feels really good. I know this was a big step for
me, and whatever they have next for me, I’m ready. I’ll
fight short fights or long ones, whatever, I don’t care.”
The TV swing bout was a scheduled six rounder in the Junior
Welterweight division between Antonio Orozco (11-0, 8 KO’s)
and Joshua Beeman (4-10-2, 2 KO’s). In the opening round
hard lefts and rights to the body dropped Beeman. But just
as one might think that the fight would be over quickly,
with Orozco on the winning end, Joshua sent Antonio to the
canvas right at the bell. Hmm.
The second was back to business for Antonio. He is a skilled
fighter with good technique and power. In the third a quick
right by Orozco put Beeman down for the second time in the
fight. Several seconds later a left put him down again,
where he stayed until the count of ten. The fight ended at
2:03 of the third round.
A Junior Welterweight bout scheduled for four rounds was
between Guadalupe Salcido, who was making his professional
debut, going up against Stephen Rubalcava (0-5).
This was a very one-sided fight all the way through.
Rubalcava, while not a small man, showed no power
whatsoever, and Salcido, while in his first pro fight, was
showing he was the better fighter. To be honest, the only
surprise was that the fight went all four rounds, so we had
to go to those judges’ scorecards. All of the judges saw the
fight the same way, 40-36 all for Salcido, who made his
first pro fight a winning one.
A fight scheduled for four rounds was in the Flyweight
division between Seniesa Estrada (2-0) facing off against
Blanca Raymundo (0-4). Estrada is a scrappy little fighter,
but both women showed a lot of grit. As the rounds went on,
Raymundo was getting stronger and really connecting with her
punches. This ended up being a good fight with bright spots
for both women. Again to the scorecards. The judges saw it
40-36 twice and 39-37 all for Estrada. I think that Raymundo
made a better showing than that, but that’s why I’m sitting
here at a computer.
The fight that opened the evening was a very competitive
fight, and a great one to start off the evening with. It was
between a local favorite – from right here in Indio –
Eduardo Vasquez (4-1, 2 KO’s), who looked across the ring at
Juan Sandoval (5-6-1, 3 KO’s) in a Featherweight fight
scheduled for six rounds.
On paper it should have been all Vasquez, but nobody told
that to Sandoval, or if they did he did not care. He landed
some great shots on Eduardo, and pressured him the entire
first round. A hard fought second round, as both men stood
toe to toe and slugged it out for most of the three minutes.
At one time it did appear as if Sandoval hurt Vasquez.
The third was a better round for Vasquez, but Sandoval still
had some fight in him and continued to land punches. The
fourth found Vasquez in trouble again, and Juan almost put
Sandoval had been using body shots and really punishing
Vasquez, but it was a barrage of punches that finally put
Vasquez on the canvas in round five. The sixth and final saw
Sandoval still in control. Odd that Eduardo would want to
hold throughout the fight, since each time he did so, he got
brutalized by those body shots of Juan’s.
We had to go to the scorecards, and they read 59-54, and
58-55 twice, all for Juan Sandoval. Again, a really exciting
The best quote of the night came from ring announcer Joe
Martinez. After only three bouts had been fought, there had
already been several fights that broke out in the crowd.
Martinez was quick to say, “We have three more fights left,
and hopefully they’ll be in the ring!”
So the strong performances were quite good on this night.
The Caballero/Santiago contest was a good one, with the
intensity of the fans adding a bit more excitement. And the
Sandoval/Vasquez match was really, really good. Too bad this
one did not make TV, for it was a really fun fight. Finally,
Orozco and Gomez each gave a strong accounting of
themselves, and while it was good he won so quickly, it
would have been nice to see each of them fight a bit more.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,