Golden Boy Live returns to FOX Sports 1 tonight at 10 pm EST with a triple-header from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
In tonight’s main event, welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano will face Juan Carlos Abreu in a 10-round bout that sees young veteran Cano (28-4-1, 21 KO) make a quick turnaround to face Abreu (18-1-1, 17 KO) in a short-notice fight that filled in for a recently canceled Randy Caballero bout.
Cano, 25, beat Jorge Silva by first round knockout in Mexico on February 7, and was ready to step in and help Golden Boy fill out the card, plus he gets a return to TV in the United States. Cano had been on a bit of a slide, losing three of four fights from 2012-14, dropping decisions to Paulie Malignaggi (a close and debatable loss) and Shane Mosley, and a ninth round stoppage last March against Fernando Angulo. He did beat Ashley Theophane in September 2013, and has had a few other decent mid-level wins along the way. He may still be best known for a bloody loss to Erik Morales in September 2011.
The win over Silva was Cano’s first fight in 11 months, and now he jumps right back into the mix. Abreu, 27, is a Dominican fighter with a paper-thin record, his lone notable opponent also his lone loss, to Humberto Soto last March. He’s got a sparkling KO percentage, obviously, but the opposition to attain that has been lacking.
Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KO) is also in action tonight, as the 20-year-old super bantamweight propsect faces Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KO) in an eight-round bout. Roman, 27, is coming off of a world title challenge loss to Leo Santa Cruz in September, and all things considered, this is probably more his appropriate level, serving as a step-up foe for a young prospect. De La Hoya went 6-0 in 2014, and has already established a TV presence for himself on these cards.
And not to be forgotten is Chinese heavyweight Taishan Dong (2-0, 2 KO), the 7-foot project. The 26-year-old Taishan is best known for his farcical pro debut win last July over Alex Rozman. His second fight, a win in November over Tommy Washington Jr, was booed by the crowd at this same venue, as they didn’t buy the first round KO. Taishan will face Roy McCrary (3-2, 3 KO) tonight in a fight set for four rounds.