Celestino Caballero Soundly Outpoints Satoshi Honoso

By Jake Donovan

Celestino Caballero made the first defense of his alphabet featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Satoshi Hosono in their 12-round bout Saturday in Yokohoma, Japan.

Scores were 118-109 (twice) and 116-110 in their title fight.

Caballero (36-4, 23KO) was in control throughout a bout that resembled man versus child given the massive size difference. Hosono remained game throughout the contest, but struggled to work his way inside for most of the night.
Hosono (21-2, 15KO) enjoyed moments of success in the seventh and ninth rounds. Both rounds presumably went his way as the judges were hard pressed to score any other for the hometown fighter, who was deducted a point in the 10th round for rabbit punching. 

The win is Caballero’s second straight after having dropped two in a row at a crucial point in his career. The 36-year old beanpole was on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets in 2010 when he came in ill-prepared and was outworked by journeyman Jason Litzau.

Things went from bad to worse in the luck department when he came up just short in a disputed split decision against Jonathan Barros in their July featherweight title fight despite scoring two knockdowns. Sweet revenge was gained three months later when Caballero went back to Argentina, this time leaving no doubt as he scored a wide unanimous decision in a dominant performance.

Caballero offered an equally strong showing on Saturday, working mostly behind his jab and picking apart his opponent from long range anytime Hosono attempted to work his way inside. Any shaky moment endured by Caballero was immediately rectified while rarely getting caught by more than one punch at a time at any point in the fight.

Hosono, who has fought exclusively in Japan, ends a five-fight win streak in coming up considerably short in his second failed title bid. The featherweight dropped a narrow decision to Poonsawat Kratingdaengym in their 122 lb title fight nearly two years ago.

Recent rumors have swirled of the 6’0” Caballero moving up to the 130 lb. division, where he would presumably continue his longtime pursuit of unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa, who is planning a non-title fight at the weight sometime in the first quarter of 2012. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jreckoning on 01-01-2012

[quote=Spray_resistant;11620234]Wish I knew he was fighting, thanks boxingscene.[/quote] I didn't get a stream for this one. Japanese streams are hard to come buy and the player usually has some sort of Hello Kitty or anime covering half the screen. I…

Comment by Pelencho on 01-01-2012

writer of the article is an idiot and disrespectful of caballero. do some research and at least use some accurate info as you try to make pelenchin look bad. he is 5 '11. he is 35. and calling him a…

Comment by Filo on 12-31-2011

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;11619703]You obviously don't know much about boxing. Have you ever heard of Thomas Hearns, Paul Williams, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, etc. They were all very tall for their initial weight classes![/QUOTE] NO, I have only…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 12-31-2011

[QUOTE=jreckoning;11618807]El Pelenchin back on top and defending his title thousands of miles away from home as usual. El Pelenchin, el campeon![/QUOTE] Wish I knew he was fighting, thanks boxingscene.

Comment by Filo on 12-31-2011

I started watching boxing yesteday at 1 second to new years.

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