Mikey Garcia's first title shot has been moved to September 7 against Celestino Caballero. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The featherweight title fight between Celestino Caballero and Mikey Garcia won't be taking place on July 28, and Telefutura won't be televising the fight. Instead, Sampson Lewkowicz has moved it to September 7, where it will air on a Friday night ShoBox on Showtime.
"I felt this fight needed more exposure and we're going to have it on ShoBox, the popular series on Showtime. The venue is done. The date on Showtime is ready."
New contracts have been sent to both parties, and the fight should be finalized soon. This also means that Showtime's July 28 broadcast (Robert Guerrero vs Selcuk Aydin) won't be opposed by what is frankly a better fight on a much smaller network.
Caballero (36-4, 23 KO) will be making the second defense of the WBA featherweight title that he won last year from Jonathan Victor Barros. A two-weight titlist, Caballero's height (5'11") has given him a major advantage over most of his opponents, and his awkward attack has given him a long career as a top fighter at 122 and 126 pounds.
Garcia (28-0, 24 KO) is a top prospect getting his first world title shot with the fight. The Top Rank-promoted boxer-puncher has impressed on his way up, but there are still questions about how he'll fare at the world level.
The fight will be held at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.