By Rick Reeno
Sampson Lewkowicz, the adviser for champions Celestino Caballero and Chris John, spoke with BoxingScene.com about the possibility of either guy fighting WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in March. Lopez was pondering a possible rematch with Rafael Marquez, but that idea will now go on the shelf after Marquez was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right shoulder, which is going to require at least six months of rehab.
Juanma is pushing for a fight with WBA featherweight champion Chris John. John is the WBA's "super champion in recess."
According to Lewkowicz, that fight won't happen because John has a scheduled defense against Fernando Saucedo on December 3 in Jakarta, and then he plans to follow the WBA's mandate by fighting Yuriorkis Gamboa, who the WBA recognizes as the reigning "super champion" at featherweight. But, Caballero is ready, willing and able to fight Lopez in March. Before that, Caballero is scheduled to fight Jason Litzau, at super featherweight, on November 27 in Las Vegas.
"Chris John has a fight in December and then he will honor the WBA's mandate by fighting Yuriorkis Gamboa, with a 55-45 split, and the promoter should be Golden Boy. Besides that, I will request for [co-promoter] Ahmet Oner to sign an affidavit promising that he will not ring the bell when Gamboa is going to be on the floor," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.
"With that scenario, Juanma doesn't have Chris John. I now want the public to decide, who will be your opponent. And the public, worldwide, and by a huge margin, will select Celestino Caballero. Caballero has his own promoter, Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, and he is most willing to negotiate in good faith with your promoters. It's not about management and advisers, it's about promoters and the networks. There is no other fighter who will bring you any money at 126 or 130 than Caballero."
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