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Celestino Caballero Says Something Nice About Juan Manuel Lopez

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In what is probably the most shocking boxing news I've read in I can't even remember how long, featherweight contender Celestino Caballero had nice things to say about press rival Juan Manuel Lopez. For a couple of years, Caballero chased a fight with Lopez, going so far as to invade a press conference in what was not a staged moment.

Carlos Costa of has this, via

"Anyone can have a bad night. Juanma is young, strong, very fast and hits hard. He beat my friend, the great champion Gerry (Peñalosa). In addition, Juan has good boxing technique."

Caballero (34-3, 23 KO) goes on to say a fight between he and Lopez will likely never happen, and that for now he's focused entirely on his upcoming June 18 fight in Argentina against Jonathan Victor Barros (32-1-1, 18 KO), which is a really good fight on paper. Barros gave Yuriorkis Gamboa a little trouble (not a lot) in a 2010 fight in Germany. Caballero, of course, is coming off of a loss in an ill-advised one-off fight at 130 pounds against Jason Litzau last November.

Lopez, in the meantime, is pushing for an August rematch with Orlando Salido, who upset the Puerto Rican star on his home turf in April, but the fight may get pushed to the fall so that Salido can take a "victory lap" sort of fight in July in Mexico.

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