Celestino Caballero

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Celestino Caballero
Real name Celestino Caballero
Nickname(s) Pelenchín
Towering Inferno
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality Panamanian
Born (1976-06-21) June 21, 1976 (age 38)
Colón, Panama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 37
Wins by KO 24
Losses 5
Draws 0
No contests 0

Celestino "Pelenchin" Caballero is a professional boxer from Panama. He is the former unified junior featherweight champion holding the IBF and WBA "Super" titles. On October 14, 2011, Caballero defeated Jonathan Victor Barros by unanimous decision to become the reigning WBA (Regular) featherweight champion. Besides being a boxer, Caballero is also a Reggae singer. He is trained by Jeff Mayweather uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr and brother to Roger and Floyd Sr.[1]'

Amateur career[edit]

Caballero had 16 fights as an amateur boxer, in which he started boxing the age of 16.

Professional career[edit]

Caballero then began boxing professionally in 1998.

During a majority of the earliest stages his career, Caballero won himself these minor boxing championships: the Panamanian, WBA Fedecentro, WBA Fedelatin, WBO Latino, and NABA Super Bantamweight titles.[2]

He had won the first four of his titles and had a record of 17-0 before losing by a third round knockout to José Rojas on May 16, 2003.[2]

Seven months later, Caballero won the vacant NABA title by defeating Giovanni Andrade. The fight, which was held in Coconut Creek, Florida, was Caballero's first one outside of Panama. In his next fight, back in Panama, Caballero was knocked down in the tenth round and lost the title by unanimous decision to Ricardo Cordoba on May 25, 2004.[2]

On February 17, 2005, Caballero fought the then unbeaten and would-be world champion Daniel Ponce de León in Hollywood, California. Caballero, who was a heavy underdog, won the bout by unanimous decision.

On October 15, 2005, Caballero defeated Yober Ortega by unanimous decision for the WBA Super Bantamweight interim championship. He defended the title on February 4, 2006 against Roberto Bonilla. After knocking down Bonilla in the third and fifth rounds, Caballero won via TKO in the seventh.

World titles[edit]

Caballero fought against WBA world Super Bantamweight champion Somsak Sithchatchawal in Sithchatchawal's native country of Thailand on October 4, 2006 in order to win the real WBA title. He won by TKO by knocking Sithchatchawal down three times in the third round—causing the referee to stop the bout. Caballero has defended the title five times with the last one being that he knocked out Elvis Meija in one round.

On November 21, 2008, Caballero knocked out the unbeaten IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor in the 4th round at the Casino Rama, Ontario. With the victory, he added the IBF title with his WBA crown.[3] Caballero won his first defense on both titles with a split decision win over Jeffery Mathebula on April 30, 2009. He defended the titles for second time on August 29 in the same year against Francisco Leal who conceded in the 8th round.

Caballero was stripped of his IBF title on February 5, 2010 for failing to have a defense against Takalani Ndlovu, his mandatory challenger in that sanctioning body, in a timely manner. On April 10, 2010, Caballero defeated Daud Yordan. After that fight Celestino expressed his high interest in fighting Cuban Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa but that fight failed to come off being unsuccessful in securing a fight at Featherweight. Celestino was able to schedule a fight with Junior Lightweight Jason Litzau at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the opening bout of the HBO Televised undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis on November 27. Subsequently, lost that fight via unanimous decision.

Celestino Caballero has dropped from Junior Lightweight to Featherwight division for a career-high against Jonathan Victor Barros, champion in property of the WBA version of this division, which fight is dated for June 18, 2011 and to take place at Mendoza, Argentina.[dated info]

The WBC final Featherwight eliminator ordered by the World Boxing Council between Caballero and the Romanian Viorel Simion (16-0, 7KOs), with the winner landing a shot at current champion Daniel Ponce de León, will take place on a date in spring 2013.[4][5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (24 knockouts), 5 Losses (1 knockout)[6]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 37-5 Nicaragua Jimmy Aburto TKO 2 2013-11-30 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colon City, Panama Won vacant WBC Latino featherweight title
Loss 36-5 Mexico Robinson Castellanos SD 12 2013-04-20 Panama Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City
Win 36-4 Japan Satoshi Hosono UD 12 2011-12-31 Japan Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama Retained WBA (Regular) Featherweight title.
Win 35-4 Argentina Jonathan Barros UD 12 2011-10-14 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Won WBA (Regular) Featherweight title.
Loss 34-4 Argentina Jonathan Barros SD 12 2011-06-18 Argentina Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, Mendoza For WBA (Regular) Featherweight title.
Loss 34-3 United States Jason Litzau SD 10 (10) 2010-11-27 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 34-2 Indonesia Daud Yordan UD 12 (12) 2010-04-10 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Win 33-2 Mexico Francisco Leal RTD 8 (12), 0:10 2009-08-29 Mexico Ciudad Deportiva, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico Retained WBA (Super) & IBF Super Bantamweight titles.
Win 32-2 South Africa Jeffrey Mathebula SD 12 2009-04-30 Panama Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City Retained WBA (Super) & IBF Super Bantamweight titles.
Win 31-2 Canada Steve Molitor TKO 4 (12), 0:52 2008-11-21 Canada Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario Retained WBA (Super) & Won IBF Super Bantamweight titles.
Win 30-2 Colombia Elvis Mejia TKO 1 (12), 2:51 2008-09-18 Panama Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City Retained WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 29-2 Venezuela Lorenzo Parra RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2008-06-07 Venezuela Centro Olimpico, San Juan de Los Morros Retained WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 28-2 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana TKO 8 (12), 0:53 2007-12-01 Panama Gimnasio Roberto Duran, Panama City Retained WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 27-2 Mexico Jorge Lacierva UD 12 2007-08-04 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas Retained WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 26-2 Mexico Ricardo Castillo DQ 9 (12), 2:02 2007-03-16 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casin, Hollywood, Florida Retained WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 25-2 Thailand Somsak Sithchatchawal TKO 3 (12), 1:48 2006-10-04 Thailand Ban Rai District Won WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 24-2 Nicaragua Roberto Bonilla TKO 7 (12) 2006-02-04 Panama Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City Retained interim WBA Super Bantamweight title.
Win 23-2 Venezuela Yober Ortega UD 12 2005-10-15 Panama Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City Won interim WBA Super Bantamweight title.
Win 22-2 Venezuela José Luis Valbuena TKO 5 (12), 3:08 2005-05-05 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 21-2 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León UD 12 2005-02-17 United States The Avalon, Hollywood, Hollywood, California
Win 20-2 Colombia Victor Peralta TKO 5 (10) 2004-10-15 Colombia Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo, Cartagena
Loss 19-2 Panama Ricardo Cordoba UD 12 2004-05-25 Panama Centro de Convenciones Atlapa, Panama City
Win 19-1 Brazil Giovanni Andrade DQ 10 (10) 2003-12-05 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, USA

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Regional titles
Preceded by
Armando Cordoba
Panamanian Super Bantamweight Champion
June 16, 2000 – May 25, 2004
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cordoba
Title last held by
Anthony Martinez
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
Fedelatin title

September 21, 2000 – May 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Jose Rojas
New title WBA Super Bantamweight Interim Champion
October 15, 2005 – October 4, 2006
Title next held by
Ricardo Cordoba
Preceded by
Somsak Sithchatchawal
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
October 4, 2006 – November 21, 2008
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cordoba
Interim Champion Promoted
New title WBA Super Bantamweight Super Champion
November 21, 2008 – December 10, 2010
Title next held by
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Preceded by
Steve Molitor
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
November 21, 2008 – February 5, 2010
Title next held by
Steve Molitor
Preceded by
Jonathan Victor Barros
WBA Featherweight Champion
Regular Title

October 14, 2011 – October 7, 2012
Title next held by
Nicholas Walters