by Rick Reeno
In a sudden turns of events, a planned fight between WBA featherweight champion Celestino "Pelenchín" Caballero (36-4, 23KOs) and mandatory challenger Mikey Garcia (28-0, 24KOs) is on the move once again. The fight was originally scheduled for July 28th in Indio, California and Telefutura was going to televise. A few days ago, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz confirmed his intentions to move the event to September 7 at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. And he secured the televised backing of Showtime, who planned to air the fight as part of their ShoBox series.
According to sources in the WBA, Caballero protested Lewkowicz's idea to move the fight to September. The Panamanian boxer had inactivity fears, with his last fight taking place in Japan on December 31.
Because the WBA has apparently sided with Caballero, Lewkowicz has been forced to reschedule the event to the orginal date of July 28th - but now in Panama City, which is Caballero's backyard and one of the original locations proposed to the WBA. In a brief conversation with BoxingScene.com, Lewkowicz confirmed the WBA's position.
New contracts have been issued. But unless a miracle takes place, I highly doubt Garcia will travel over to Panama to face Caballero. Lewkowicz, who doesn't promote either boxer, secured the promotional rights by winning the WBA's purse bid. If one of the boxer's drops out, Lewkowicz's winning bid of $440,000 becomes invalid.