Celestino Caballero: Juanma is Still a Great Fighter

By Carlos Costa,

Panama's Celestino "Pelenchin" Caballero is training hard with Jeff Mayweather, as he prepares to challenge the "regular" World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Jonathan Barros on June 18 in Menoza, Argentina. Caballero says he is "counting down the days" until he faces the champion in his backyard.

Caballero wants to bring his career back on track after suffering an upset decision loss to Jason Litzau in 2010. He moved up to super featherweight and got outhustled by the larger man. Last month, Caballero watched his career rival, Juan Manuel Lopez, lose his WBO title when he was knocked out by Orlando Salido in eight rounds. Caballero took the high road by not attacking Juanma for the upset loss, but he doesn't believe their fight will ever happen.

"Anyone can have a bad night. Juanma is young, strong, very fast and hits hard. He beat my friend, the great champion Gerry (Peñalosa). In addition, Juan has good boxing technique. I did everything I could to attract his interest to take a fight with me. But our fight will never happen. I wanted to fight Juama because I know that he's a quality fighter. Now my mind is only focused on Barros. He is my top priority and I'm not thinking about anyone else," Caballero said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by STREET CLEANER on 05-16-2011

It is a way to stay in line to seek a fight with Lopez if possible or a loss simply humbles you

Comment by King Ju-Ju on 05-16-2011

Exposed??? Or had a bad night and got rocked??? Just cuz a guy loses. Doesn't mean he was exposed Ms. Fantastic.

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 05-16-2011

Funny how the Lopez stans ain't saying [I]s[/I]hit about him getting exposed anymore. lol

Comment by Fistic on 05-16-2011

Classy statement by Caballero, espoecially after Juanma trashed him when he lost to Litzau.

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 05-16-2011

Most fans like KOes and if Juanma does a good string of KOes against credible opposition he will be a top attraction again. Juanma is a very flawed fighter but has the weakness that most punchers have

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