Friday, June 3, is the date for an all-action event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., as TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" delivers an explosive lineup of bouts featuring rising star Leo Santa Cruz battling former World Champion Jose "Carita" Lopez in an eight-round bantamweight fight and Coachella's Randy Caballero in a six round bout against an opponent to be named.
22-year-old Lincoln Heights, California native, Leo "Teremoto" Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO's) is a fighter whose accurate power shots have sent five consecutive opponents to the canvas in defeat.
In March, Santa Cruz earned his first professional title when he knocked out 20-2 Stephane Jamoye with a body shot in the sixth round to win the interim WBC Youth World Bantamweight Championship. He will attempt to add to his fearsome knockout streak on June 3 in Indio when he takes on the veteran Lopez.
On June 3, one of Puerto Rico's most beloved warriors, 39-year-old Jose "Carita" Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO's) returns to Fantasy Springs for the first time since 1999, when he lost a razor thin decision to Isidro Garcia in world title fight in which Garcia famously agreed to take the fight on just a few hours notice when Lopez's original opponent fell out at the last minute.
In March of 2009 he thrilled his fans when he won his first world title by decisioning Pramuansak Posuwan to win the vacant WBO Junior Bantamweight World Championship. Although he lost the title six months later to unbeaten phenom Marvin Sonsona, the Trujillo Alto native believes he has another championship run in him and looks to make Santa Cruz his first target.
June 3 will be the equivalent of a home game for Coachella's own unbeaten rising star Randy Caballero, who has competed in the Fantasy Springs ring in five of his last six bouts. His undefeated record speaks for itself, but what is also daunting for any challenger is the large crowd the young star brings with him wherever he goes.
He packs power in his fists and fans in the seats and that's bad news for any opponent who decides to step into the ring with the 20 year old phenom, who continues to build his fan base and improve his skills with each passing fight.
This night of world-class professional boxing is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 6:00pm PT on fight night and the first bell rings at 7:00pm PT. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / PT (10:30pm CT).
Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.
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.