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Team Caballero Protest Barros Loss, WBA To Review

By Adam Grace Esmenjaud, notifight.com

It was as 'outright theft,' said legal adviser Rogelio Espino, who watched his boxer Celestino Caballero lose a split decision last Saturday in Mendoza, Argentina to the still-featherweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Jonathan Barros. During the fight, Caballero knocked Barros down twice and controlled several rounds but it still wasn't enough to persuade two judges of the fight, who gave victory to the hometown boxer (114-112 and 116-112). The third judge saw a clear win for Caballero with a card of 115-111.

Espiño stated categorically that 'we are going to ask in coming days for the WBA to order an immediate rematch since the decision was controversial ...it was an outright theft. "

Gilberto Mendoza, vice president of the WBA, said that the organization will review the fight and make a ruling.

"We evaluate all world championship fights to keep track of our officers. This will be studied and then we'll discuss the matter with regard to the decision. You don't automatically order a rematch because it was ruled a split decision," said Mendoza.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 07-04-2011

Caballero lost to Litzau, that say's it all.

Comment by rudy4pl on 07-04-2011

[QUOTE=Freedom.;10789056]I watched the video, it was a fair decision - Caballero took a beating. The second knockdown shouldn't have been considered a knockdown.[/QUOTE] I had the fight 115-113 for Caballero. I can't see how one of the judges had it…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 07-04-2011

Nobody cares

Comment by Arthur Dayne on 07-04-2011

I watched the video, it was a fair decision - Caballero took a beating. The second knockdown shouldn't have been considered a knockdown.

Comment by ELHURACAN58 on 07-04-2011

Boxing in Argentina should be banned until those guys learn to be impartial. Wouldnt be surprised if nachorjj comes in and protests why puerto ricans are crying that they got robbed again in a panamanian thread.

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