Celestino Caballero: Big Future Expected For New Bantamweight Champion Caballero

09.10.06 - Opportunities are not limited to just the 122-pound division for new World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero. Not when he stands an amazing 6-foot-1-1/2-inches tall.

“There are plenty of possibilities, more than that are immediately apparent” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which co-promotes Caballero along with Seminole Warriors Boxing.

“Of course, Celestino can keep campaigning in the 122-pound division, but with his size he also can move up to the 126-pound division, and, perhaps, even the 130-pound division,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.

Caballero won the WBA super bantamweight championship last week with an impressive third-round technical knockout of Somsak Sithchatchawal in rural Thailand.

Helping decided Caballero’s future course is his advisor, veteran boxing figure Sampson Lewkowicz.

“It’s because of Sampson’s astute guidance that Celestino is now the WBA super bantamweight champion,” said Woodworth. “But that should not be a surprise, since Sampson has directed numerous boxers to world titles and countless more to world rankings.”

“Very few thought Celestino could go to Thailand and beat Sithchatchawal,” said Lewkowicz. “But I wasn’t surprised. In fact, I expected it.

“Celestino can punch, he can box and, as was proven last week, can and will finish an opponent,” said Lewkowicz. “He’s 30 (years old) and been a pro for eight years, so he isn’t intimidated by fighting in somebody’s backyard.”

Caballero, from Colon, Panama, has a record of 25-2 with 18 knockouts, including a one-sided, 12-round unanimous decision over current World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon last year in Hollywood, Calif.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego is considered to be the fastest-growing and most dynamic promotional entity in the sport. Sycuan Ringside Promotions made its promotional debut during 2004, but already has six current or former world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts on premium cable networks across the country.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, undefeated World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, International Boxing Federation lightweight interim champion Julio Diaz, former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez and undefeated prospects teenage lightweight Jorge Paez Jr. and cruiserweight Shawn Hawk.

Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Quiroga; Willie Tucker, executive vice president; and Woodworth.

Article posted on 09.10.2006

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