If Celestino Caballero can win in Japan he could finally put his loss to Jason Liztau behind him. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
On New Year's Eve Day, Decemeber 31st, Celestino Caballero will take on Satoshi Hosono in Japan for the WBA featherweight title. These two will fight on what looks like a fairly decent card coming out of Japan. The other scheduled fight is Takeshi Uchiyama against Jorge Solis for the WBA Super Featherweight title, but that's not the point. Celestino is coming from a fairly poor string of results. Three fights ago he lost pretty convincingly to the very limited Jason Litzau. Then he lost a very controversial decision to Jonathon Victor Barros in Argentina. Scott scored that fight for Caballero and if I remember correctly most critics did as well. Anyways these two had a rematch and Caballero won a unanimous decision in Argentina. Honsono is coming off a string a victories after losing a close decision against Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym about two years ago. Caballero is confident coming into this fight and commented on his confidence and issues with his weight. He gave his thoughts to Jhonny Gonzales of Boxing Scene.
"The work is already done. I left the gym today a half pound under the agreed weight limit [of 126-pounds]. Panama will get my success in Japan. To all of the Panamanians who are waiting for my fight, I just want to tell you to have faith. Everything will be great for my first defense, God willing."
The comments about the weight are good to hear. I can't remember if Caballero has ever had issues with weight, but simply knowing that it won't be an issue in this fight is good news (One less potential excuse). I'm excited to see these guys go at it in a surprisingly high quality card for the end of the year. I said it once and I'll say it again, if you get bored of football you should definitely try to check this card out.