Giovanni Caro tests Bernabe Concepcion on Sept 27
From Ronnie Nathanielsz’ article on Boxingscene.com
The handlers of North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion (26-1-1, 15 KO’s) are matching him against Mexico’s tough Giovanni “Ruso” Caro to find out whether the hard-hitting 20 year old Filipino is ready for a possible title shot at WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano in the near future.
Michael Koncz who together with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Aljoe Jaro handles Concepcion said he will headline an exciting fight card promoted by MP Promotions (USA) in which two other Filipinos will also see action.
The fight card at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, just outside San Diego will see super featherweight Aaron Melgerejo, a one-time sparring partner of Pacquiao take on Alain Fernandez while lightweight Dennis Laurente clashes with Arturo Urbano.
In a female bout undefeated Chika Nakamura (6-0, 2 KO’s) will take on Tammy Franks. A couple of other slam-bang four rounders will spice up the card which Pacquiao said he was very happy about.
Celebrated trainer Freddie Roach said he wanted an opponent for Concepcion who was “durable and somebody who will give us some rounds.“ Apparently Caro is the man.
He forced Gabriel Perez to retire some ten seconds into the 8th round last July 30 and before that scored an 11th TKO over rugged Ricardo Castillo who boasted of a 33-5 record with 22 knockouts on May 2. Earlier, Caro scored a 9th round TKO over Oscar Ibarra who had a record of 13-1, 6 KO’s proving that Concepcion’s opponent is no pushover.