Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ceja Welcomes Randy Caballero Fight For Vacant Title

By Jake Donovan

The news of Britain’s Paul Butler vacating his bantamweight title barely a month after dethroning countryman Stuart Hall leaves a wide open opportunity for Randy Caballero to not only fight for the title, but do so while not having to stray very far from home.

The lingering question, however, is against whom that opportunity will come.

Caballero (21-0, 13KOs) earned a mandatory title shot following his 8th round knockout of Kohei Oba this past April in Japan. The bout was his first outside of the United States and just his third overall outside of California. A road trip was expected for his first title shot, regardless of the turnout of Hall’s failed voluntary title defense versus Butler in June.

With Butler vacating the bantamweight title in order to focus on contending for hardware at his more preferred weight class at 115 lb., Caballero and promoter Golden Boy Promotions have begun plans to secure an opponent for what they hope to be a summer showdown at Fantasy Springs Casino in his hometown of Indio, Calif., where the 23-year old has fought 12 times to date.

The highest two rated contenders to face Caballero are: Daiki Kameda, a former 115 lb. titlist who recently announced his intentions to compete at bantamweight; and power-punching Top 10 contender Julio Ceja.

According to an interview with The Desert Sun – Caballero’s hometown newspaper – their belief is that they will be forced to dig a little deeper down the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight ratings in order to secure an opponent.

However, that logic is a bit flawed, considering the fact that the leading two candidates are game for the cause.

“Julio Ceja would be very interested in fighting Caballero,” notes Oswaldo Küchle, Ceja’s promoter. “We are sure that Julio will be a world champion in the near future, no matter who he faces.”

Kameda’s plans remain unclear for the moment, having just moved up in weight while older brother Koki Kameda functionally takes his place in the 115 lb. division. His younger brother, Tomoki Kameda defends his own version of the bantamweight title versus former champ Pungluang Sor Singyu next weekend in Las Vegas, on a Golden Boy-promoted show headlined by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a non-title fight versus Erislandy Lara. Both Tomoki and Daiki have fought in Mexico before and have no reservations about fighting on the road.

Whether or not he pursues that route or waits out a pending title fight between Anselmo Moreno and Juan Carlos Payano (Kameda is the next highest challenger to that belt as well) remains to be seen.

It was suggested that Ceja (27-1, 25KOs) would explore the possibility of facing unbeaten WBC bantamweight titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka. The move would make sense as two of his past three bouts have come with the WBC Silver title at stake, including a 10th round knockout win over Ranel Suco this past April. His three fight win streak comes following a failed title bid versus Jamie McDonnell in England last May. 

Yamanaka hasn’t fought since April, but is in negotiations for a mandatory title defense versus former 115 lb. titlist Suriyan Sor Rungvisai.

With everyone else booked, it would seem that the best option for both Ceja and Kameda would be to claim the nearest vacancy.

“Whatever opportunity comes first, we will pursue,” Küchle says of Ceja’s future plans. “If the IBF grants us an invitation to fight Caballero, we will gladly move forward with those plans.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 07-04-2014

Ceja was xposed vs McDonnel when he lost, which should've been a UD, but lost convincingly...I've seen him 5x live, he's a head 1st/no defense guy vs mediocre opposition & a big punch...Randy will beat him...he can't & won't beat…

Comment by dinero fan on 07-04-2014

I like ceja but I think caballero would take him out.

Comment by lopez36 on 07-03-2014

hope it's ceja,would be a great fight,both young and hungry to be champs

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Team Horn Warn Thurman: Shut Mouth or Suffer Pacquiao's Fate! Dmitry Bivol Salivates Over Expected Gassiev vs. Dorticos Clash CompuBox: Fox Landed '52' Punches in 12 Rounds With Andrade Stiverne: I Guarantee That I'll Beat Deontay Wilder in Rematch! CompuBox: Murata Lands a Big 56.5% of Power Shots on N'Dam Felix Verdejo Ring Return Targeted For January, Says Manager Promoter: I Want To Match Andrade Against Elite at 160 - ASAP! Schaefer: If U.S. Networks Aren't Interested in WBSS, So Be It Dorticos: All Gassiev Did Was Beat 'Old' Opponent in Wlodarczyk Photos: Ryota Murata Gets Revenge, Stops Hassan N'Dam Denis Lebedev: I Think Yunier Dorticos Will Beat Murat Gassiev Maliek, Mikhail and Michael Jr. Montgomery Get KO Wins Juho Haapoja Loses EU Title, Announces His Retirement Jezreel Corrales: I Was Winning on All 3 Cards, I Want a Rematch! Demetrius Andrade Vacates WBA Belt - Focused on Murata, GGG Ryota Murata: I'll Try My Best To Beat Gennady Golovkin! Photos: Alberto Machado Bombs Jezreel Corrales For WBA Title Dorticos: I Want To Destroy Gassiev, He Will Face a Real Man! Photos: Murat Gassiev, Yunier Dorticos - Go Face To Face! Schaefer: I Learned From The Mistakes of The Super Six Tourney Anthony Joshua: I Asked For Dillian Whyte After Pulev Withdrew Murata Dominant in Rematch, Makes N’Dam Quit After 7th Round Photos: Murat Gassiev Blasts Out Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Three Photos: Ryan Burnett Beats Zhakiyanov To Unify WBA, IBF Belts Photos: Josh Warrington Takes Out Ceylan, Earns Lee Selby Shot Sakio Bika, Tim Tszyu Pick Up Solid Wins in Sydney Bouts Mock vs. Chudinov Deal in Place For November 25 Andrade: I Did Very Well in 160 Debut, I'll Fight Anybody! Karim Mayfield Decisons Miguel Dumas in San Francisco Gassiev Sees Joshua, Wilder in His Future: I'll Unify, Then Move Up! N'Dam vs. Murata - CompuBox Reflects on First Fight Stats Why Malignaggi Should Quiet Down. And Why He Won't. Machado: He Hurt Me a Few Times, But I Got The Punch I Needed Hassan N'Dam vs. Ryota Murata II: Pre-Fight Report Card Maciej Sulecki: I Want Jermell Charlo Next, I Want The Title Shot Alberto Machado Gets Off The Floor, Knocks Jezreel Corrales Out Jezreel Corrales-Alberto Machado - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Demetrius Andrade Makes 160 Debut, Dominates Alantez Fox Carlos Jimenez Knocks Out Pedro Campa in Shocker Sharif Bogere Decisions Rodriguez Over Ten Rounds in Las Vegas
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement