Caballero: Gamboa Has Glass Jaw, Rios KO's Him

By Ryan Burton recently caught up with WBA featherweight champion Celestino "Pelenchin" Caballero. The fighter of Panamanian descent is training for his upcoming title defense against Satoshi Hosono that takes place on his opponent's home turf in Japan on New Year's Eve.

For years, Caballero has unsuccessfully campaigned for fights against featherweight rivals Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez. Gamboa is planning to move up to lightweight to face Brandon Rios in his next fight while Lopez is looking to avenge the only loss of his career with a rematch against Orlando Salido.  

With those fighters next bouts already booked, Caballero will again be on the outside looking in. 

The lanky featherweight titlist is resigned to the reality that neither will fight him any time soon and is already mapping out his immediate future. If everything goes as planned against Hosono, the next logical step would be to pursue a showdown with WBA super champion Chris John.

"First I need to beat Hosono. God willing, I will defeat him then I would like to fight Chris John," said Caballero, who believes that Gamboa is making a mistake by moving up in weight to face Rios. 

Caballero sees the Cuban’s desired move in weight as financially motivated and believes he will regret that decision the moment Rios begins to land, if and when they fight next year.

"Gamboa has a glass jaw. He will get knocked out. There is no way that he beats Rios. He is just looking for a big payday," insists Caballero.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cubanborn87 on 11-27-2011

talking about someone being bitter lmao

Comment by 1chase on 11-27-2011

[QUOTE=ChangoHater;11481968]gary russel also doesn't have much pop in his punches imho[/QUOTE] If he doesn't have pop then who the **** can pop? Speed creates power and it doesn't really get much faster than what Russell shows in the ring. They…

Comment by Ringlife on 11-27-2011

I don't like the Rios vs Gamboa match up at all but I do like Gamboa vs caballero.

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 11-27-2011

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;11481978][/B] That fraud John ducked Billy Dib by pricing himself out, he will never fight Cab or anyone good.[/QUOTE] Prob Not John seems content but doubt anyone really good will want to fight Caba so he's in Catch 22 after…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 11-27-2011

[QUOTE=RyunosukeRonin;11480730]Say what you will but neither Juanma nor Gamboa seemed all too eager to fight Caba a few years back and there was a reason for that but wasn't he talking retirement earlier this year guess he changed his tune.…

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