FanPost promoted by SC. I haven't seen this fight yet. Mark Vester of BoxingScene gives much the same account as that given by Sickle. Sounds like a fight worth tracking down.
Just finished watching the fight between Mathebula and Caballero and I must say it was a great fight. Not only that, but the undercards were also great. It was an outstanding show.
However, Celestino Caballero was not in the ring. For the first four rounds he impressively dominated the underdog; after that, it went downhill. For those four rounds Caballero drained himself and struggled from then on. Jeffrey Mathebula began to press and even dominate the rest of the fight. Caballero was knocked down near the end of the 8th or 9th round and the ref called it a slip. The scores were read:
My scorecard (and also a friend of mine's) was 112-116 for Mathebula. So again we have a case were the fight should had gone towards the fighter than won rather than the one that didn't. What struck me the most, was that even the Panamanian announcers saw Caballero losing this fight.
On a side note a proposed fight between Caballero and Lopez has apparently gone by the wayside because of economic issues. Even if the fight was to happen, I truly believe Caballero would find his hands full fighting against Juanma Lopez. He probably wouldn't even make it past the sixth round. Better yet, I keep reading that he plans to go after Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa's chin is not the best in the world, but Lord is he fast. And quite frankly, I still do not see Caballero beating him, but do think that one would make it to the cards.