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Celestino Caballero arrested for suspected drug running

"Pelenchin" retired from the sport in 2014.

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A little over a year since his retirement from the sport, former super bantamweight and featherweight champion Celestino Caballero was arrested in his native Panama earlier today when authorities discovered ten kilograms of what is believed to be cocaine in his car.

"Pelenchin," who joined the WBA as their "Deputy Director for the Committee for Integral Development and Security of Boxers," has been removed from his post pending the results of the ongoing investigation.

Caballero (37-6, 24 KO), known for his freakish height-to-weight ratio and volume punching, went undefeated for seven years following a loss to Ricardo Cordoba, picking up the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles in the process. An attempted jump to 130 resulted in a massive upset loss to Jason Litzau, prompting him to settle back at 126 and eventually pick up the WBA title by avenging a controversial loss to Jonathan Victor Barros.

A 2-2 stretch followed and, after a loss to Adrian Estrella, Caballero hung up the gloves in 2014 at the age of thirty-eight. The irony fans among you may enjoy the fact that the WBA news post announcing his retirement made mention of his time in the KO Drugs campaign.

It's been a very positive couple of days in the boxing world, hasn't it?

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