Celestino Caballero to confront Juan Manuel Lopez, Chris John returning early next year

If and when Juan Manuel Lopez is successful on October 10 against Rogers Mtagwa, he'll have to field a challenge from Celestino Caballero. The two could fight for the junior featherweight world championship on January 23. (Photo via www.braggingrightscorner.com)

BoxingScene.com's Rick Reeno spoke with agent Sampson Lewkowicz, who gave him some interesting tidbits regarding two fighters he represents, junior featherweight titleholder Celestino Caballero and featherweight titlist Chris John.

Lewkowicz told Reeno that Caballero plans to attend Top Rank's October 10 pay-per-view, main evented by Juan Manuel Lopez taking on Rogers Mtagwa in an obvious tune-up. On the same card, featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend against Whyber Garcia. Top Rank plans to have Lopez and Gamboa meet at featherweight some time in 2010, with this show and a possible HBO date on January 23 serving to set that up for the future.

But Caballero intends on confronting and personally challenging Lopez. Given that HBO is reportedly interested in the fight and that fight fans have responded to the idea with a big "yes," it's probably as good as done. It seems likely now that Lopez and Caballero will meet on January 23 to unify titles at 122 pounds.

Currently, the RING Magazine world championship at 122 pounds is vacant, as Israel Vazquez gave up the championship so that he can move up to featherweight in his October return. Caballero is currently ranked No. 1, with Lopez at No. 2. Assuming Lopez dusts Mtagwa as we all expect, Caballero-Lopez would indeed be fought for the vacant, legit world championship at 122 pounds.

Lewkowicz also says that Chris John will be back in the States to fight again in February or March, and that HBO will televise that fight. As Brick mentioned earlier, John's promoters aren't exactly keen on him having another tough fight, as they believe the 30-year old is nearing the end of his career. I'd personally love to see John take on any of the other titlists at 126, and like Brick, I'd pick him to beat either Elio Rojas or Steven Luevano, if maybe not Yuriorkis Gamboa or Cristobal Cruz. Cruz is like a Rocky Juarez that actually starts from the opening bell, which could give John some real problems despite John having the skill to burn in comparison to Cruz.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker