Michael Rosenthal

Maldonado replaces injured Castillo as Morel’s opponent

Martin Castillo injured his foot during training Tuesday and pulled out of Friday’s rematch with Eric Morel in Indio, Calif., on Telefutura.

Castillo will be replaced in the 10-round bantamweight fight by veteran Luis Maldonado, who has title fights with Vic Darchinyan, Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel.

Morel (43-2, 21 knockouts) has won eight consecutive fights since the former flyweight titleholder from Puerto Rico lost a junior bantamweight title shot against Castillo in 2005.

Maldonado (35-5-1, 26 KOs) has fought only twice in more than three years and has lost his last three fights, to Donaire, Montiel and Rodrigo Guerrero. The Guerrero fight was the Mexican’s most recent.

Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs) of Coachella, Calif., faces Felix Perez (7-2, 3 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a junior featherweight co-feature.

The card is Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets are available by calling (800) 827-2946. The first fight is at 7.

The Telefutura broadcast begins at 11:30 PT / ET (10:30 CT).

Fans at home can take part in Cinturon Tecate by voting for the fighter in the main event who displayed the most character in the ring by texting a message to 55333. Voting will be open until the end of the weekend.

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