Celestino Caballero

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Celestino Caballero
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • Pelenchín
  • Towering Inferno
Rated at
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach 73 12 in (187 cm)
Nationality Panamanian
Born (1976-06-21) June 21, 1976 (age 40)
Colón, Panama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 37
Wins by KO 24
Losses 6

Celestino Caballero (born June 21, 1976) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1998 to 2014. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the unified WBA (Super) and IBF super bantamweight titles between 2006 and 2010, and the WBA (Regular) featherweight title from 2011 to 2012.

Professional career[edit]

Caballero began boxing professionally in 1998. During the majority of his early career, Caballero won himself a number of minor regional championships: the Panamanian, WBA Fedecentro, WBA Fedelatin, WBO Latino, and NABA Super Bantamweight titles.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.

WBA super bantamweight champion[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.[2] 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.[needs update]

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.[3][4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
43 fights 37 wins 6 losses
By knockout 24 1
By decision 11 5
By disqualification 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
43 Loss 37–6 Mexico Adrian Estrella UD 12 Oct 4, 2014 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Los Mochis, Mexico For WBC FECARBOX super featherweight title
42 Win 37–5 Nicaragua Jimmy Aburto TKO 2 (8), 1:41 Nov 30, 2013 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colón, Panama Won vacant WBC Latino featherweight title
41 Loss 36–5 Mexico Robinson Castellanos SD 12 Apr 20, 2013 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama For WBC Silver featherweight title
40 Win 36–4 Japan Satoshi Hosono UD 12 Dec 31, 2011 Japan Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) featherweight title
39 Win 35–4 Argentina Jonathan Victor Barros UD 12 Oct 14, 2011 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won WBA (Regular) featherweight title
38 Loss 34–4 Argentina Jonathan Victor Barros SD 12 Jun 18, 2011 Argentina Polideportivo La Colonia, Junín, Argentina For WBA (Regular) featherweight title
37 Loss 34–3 United States Jason Litzau SD 10 Nov 27, 2010 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
36 Win 34–2 Indonesia Daud Yordan UD 12 Apr 10, 2010 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.
35 Win 33–2 Mexico Francisco Leal RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Aug 29, 2009 Mexico Ciudad Deportiva, Mexicali, Mexico Retained WBA (Unified) and IBF super bantamweight titles
34 Win 32–2 South Africa Jeffrey Mathebula SD 12 Apr 30, 2009 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA (Unified) and IBF super bantamweight titles
33 Win 31–2 Canada Steve Molitor TKO 4 (12), 0:52 Nov 21, 2008 Canada Casino, Rama, Ontario, Canada Won IBF and vacant WBA (Super) super bantamweight titles
32 Win 30–2 Colombia Elvis Mejia TKO 1 (12), 2:51 Sep 18, 2008 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 Venezuela Lorenzo Parra RTD 11 (12), 3:00 Jun 7, 2008 Venezuela Centro Olimpico, San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Colombia Mauricio Pastrana TKO 8 (12), 0:53 Dec 1, 2007 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title
29 Win 27–2 Mexico Jorge Lacierva UD 12 Aug 4, 2007 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title
28 Win 26–2 Mexico Ricardo Castillo DQ 9 (12), 2:02 Mar 16, 2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title;
Castillo disqualified after his corner entered ring
27 Win 25–2 Thailand Somsak Sithchatchawal TKO 3 (12), 1:48 Oct 4, 2006 Thailand Wat, Ban Rai, Thailand Won WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title
26 Win 24–2 Nicaragua Roberto Bonilla TKO 7 (12) Feb 4, 2006 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA interim super bantamweight title
25 Win 23–2 Venezuela Yober Ortega UD 12 Oct 15, 2005 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama Won vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title
24 Win 22–2 Venezuela José Luis Valbuena TKO 5 (12), 3:08 May 5, 2005 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
23 Win 21–2 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León UD 12 Feb 17, 2005 United States Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
22 Win 20–2 Colombia Victor Peralta TKO 5 (10) Oct 15, 2004 Colombia Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo, Cartagena, Colombia
21 Loss 19–2 Panama Ricardo Cordoba UD 12 May 25, 2004 Panama Atlapa Convention Centre, Panama City, Panama Lost WBA–NABA and Panamanian super bantamweight titles
20 Win 19–1 Brazil Giovanni Andrade DQ 10 (10) Dec 5, 2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S. Won vacant WBA–NABA super bantamweight title
19 Win 18–1 Colombia Arcelio Ibarra TKO 3 (10), 2:18 Sep 20, 2003 Panama Jardín Nuevas Glorias Soberanas, Panama City, Panama
18 Loss 17–1 Venezuela Jose Rojas KO 3 (12), 2:59 May 16, 2003 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Lost WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title
17 Win 17–0 Nicaragua Leonardo Gonzalez TKO 2 (12), 0:57 Feb 15, 2003 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Fedelatin and WBO Latino super bantamweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Colombia Jorge Monsalvo TKO 4 (12) Oct 31, 2002 Panama Atlapa Convention Centre, Panama City, Panama Won vacant WBO Latino super bantamweight title
15 Win 15–0 Panama Angel Valencia KO 3 (12), 1:45 Sep 21, 2002 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colón, Panama Retained Panamanian super bantamweight title;
Won vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title
14 Win 14–0 Panama Andres Ciriaco UD 8 Jun 14, 2002 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colón, Panama
13 Win 13–0 Colombia Marcos Verbel KO 3 (12), 2:47 Nov 30, 2001 Panama Riande Continental Hotel Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama Won vacant WBA Fedecentro super bantamweight title
12 Win 12–0 Colombia Euclides Espitia KO 4 (10), 2:14 Oct 5, 2001 Panama Roberto Durán Arena, Panama City, Panama
11 Win 11–0 Panama Armando Rojas TKO 7 (12) Aug 18, 2001 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colón, Panama Retained Panamanian super bantamweight title;
Won vacant WBA Fedecentro super bantamweight title
10 Win 10–0 Colombia Santos Marimon KO 6 (10), 0:32 Mar 17, 2001 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colón, Panama
9 Win 9–0 Panama Antonio Jaramillo TKO 2 (10), 1:39 Feb 3, 2001 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
8 Win 8–0 Panama Armando Cordoba UD 12 Jun 16, 2000 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Won Panamanian super bantamweight title
7 Win 7–0 Panama Arquimedes Gonzalez KO 4 (8), 1:48 Apr 29, 2000 Panama Gimnasio, Puerto Pilón, Panama
6 Win 6–0 Panama Raul Alonso RTD 5 (8), 3:00 Mar 31, 2000 Panama Jardin "El Rancho", Panama City, Panama
5 Win 5–0 Panama Henry Francis UD 6 Feb 16, 2000 Panama Magnum Eventus, Panama City, Panama
4 Win 4–0 Panama Garibaldo Morris KO 1 (6), 3:00 Mar 3, 1999 Panama Discoteca Congo, Panama City, Panama
3 Win 3–0 Panama Leopoldo Arrocha TKO 3 (4), 2:39 Jan 20, 1999 Panama Discoteca Congo, Panama City, Panama
2 Win 2–0 Panama Arquimedes Gonzalez RTD 3 (4), 3:00 Dec 2, 1998 Panama Discoteca Congo, Panama City, Panama
1 Win 1–0 Panama Victor Perez UD 4 Nov 18, 1998 Panama Discoteca Congo, Panama City, Panama Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boxrec. "Celestino Caballero". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved January 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ Panama's Caballero snatches boxing's IBF title from Molitor Retrieved November 24, 2008. Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Caballero-Simion WBC Featherweight Eliminator Looms Retrieved January 10, 2013. Archived December 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Per Ake Persson, Caballero-Simion WBC Eliminator Heads To March January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Armando Cordoba
Panamanian super bantamweight champion
June 16, 2000 – May 25, 2004
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cordoba
Vacant
Title last held by
Humberto Soto
WBA Fedecentro super bantamweight champion
August 18, 2001 – October 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Óscar Larios
Vacant
Title last held by
Óscar Larios
WBA Fedecentro super bantamweight champion
November 30, 2001 – September 21, 2002
Won Fedelatin title
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Rojas
Vacant
Title last held by
Anthony Martinez
WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight champion
September 21, 2002 – May 16, 2003
Succeeded by
Jose Rojas
Vacant
Title last held by
Joan Guzmán
WBO Latino super bantamweight champion
October 31, 2002 – May 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oscar Rene Ponce
Vacant
Title last held by
Alejandro Barrera
WBA–NABA super bantamweight champion
December 5, 2003 – May 25, 2004
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cordoba
Vacant
Title last held by
Jezreel Corrales
WBC Latino featherweight champion
November 30, 2013 – April 2014
Vacated
Succeeded by
Sergio Romero
World boxing titles
New title WBA super bantamweight champion
Interim title

October 15, 2005 – October 4, 2006
Won Regular title
Vacant
Title next held by
Ricardo Cordoba
Preceded by
Somsak Sithchatchawal
WBA super bantamweight champion
Regular title

October 4, 2006 – November 21, 2008
Won Super title
Succeeded by
Ricardo Cordoba
promoted from interim status
New title WBA super bantamweight champion
Super title

November 21, 2008 – November 2010
Unified title from December 2008 to February 5, 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Guillermo Rigondeaux
Preceded by
Steve Molitor
IBF super bantamweight champion
November 21, 2008 – February 5, 2010
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Molitor
Preceded by
Jonathan Victor Barros
WBA featherweight champion
Regular title

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