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Caballero Wins Tough Over Mathebula, Gamboa Next?

By Mark Vester

At the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (32-2, 22KOs) won a hard-fought split decision over Jeffrey Mathebula (22-2-2, 12KOs) of South Africa. The scores were 116-112, 116-112 for Caballero and 116-112 for Mathebula.

Maybe Caballero overlooked Mathebula or maybe Mathebula was tougher than many expected. Caballero looked good in the early rounds but as the fight went on, he seemed to fall apart and Mathebula took over the fight with a higher workrate. Caballero seemed to tire down the stretch. There may be a question on how well he trained for this fight or how serious he took Mathebula.

The next stop is a possible fight with undefeated WBA interim-featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0, 13KOs). There are talks for a tentative fight in September.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxeo_Boricua on 05-01-2009

[QUOTE=Scott9945;5186063][I][B][FONT=Arial]Caballero has a much better chance of beating Gamboa than Lopez. Nobody is beating Juanma anytime soon.[/FONT][/B][/I][/QUOTE] Completely agree and love the avatar, hard to look away!:hitit:

Comment by Boxeo_Boricua on 05-01-2009

[QUOTE=Albert Maximo;5186089]Please fight Juanma that is a crazy fight:boxing:[/QUOTE] I agree, fight Juanma. Why is it that none of these "champions" want to unify? I've heard Juanma say that he wants to clean out the 122 lb. division, then fight…

Comment by Albert Maximo on 05-01-2009

Please fight Juanma that is a crazy fight:boxing:

Comment by Scott9945 on 05-01-2009

[quote=Pullcounter;5184971]can anyone get me a link for this fight? wtf is Caballero moving up to fight gamboa? he should fight juanma.[/quote] [I][B][FONT=Arial]Caballero has a much better chance of beating Gamboa than Lopez. Nobody is beating Juanma anytime soon.[/FONT][/B][/I]

Comment by Southpaw16BF on 05-01-2009

[QUOTE=mellow_mood;5185932]did u see it?? ppl are claiming that he lost![/QUOTE] Hmmmmm........Yes I managed to stream it. Yes I have heard people claming he lost the fight. Like I said it was a very hard fought fight, I get the impresson…

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