Sunday, August 05, 2007
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
NEW YORK – La Venganza! It was vengeance, vindication and redemption for a jubilant Israel Vazquez Saturday night on Showtime. Vazquez stopped Rafael Marquez in a rematch to regain the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight world title that he lost to Marquez earlier this year at 1:16 of the sixth round in an old-school, classic and bloody slugfest.
The main event of the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas had everything: tremendous offensive technique; non-stop, two-way action; a touch of controversy; and the contemplation of a third fight.
In Saturday’s co-feature, a World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight world championship, Celestino Caballero retained his belt by unanimous decision over Jorge Lacierva in another action-packed battle (116-110, 116-111 and 115-112).
Friday, August 03, 2007
In a rematch of a leading candidate for Fight of the Year, Rafael Marquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against former champion Israel Vazquez this Saturday, Aug. 4, on Showtime at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Tex.
In the first half of a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Vazquez’ Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ stablemate, WBA 122-pound titleholder Celestino Caballero, will defend against Jorge Lacierva.
The world championship doubleheader is presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
Here is what the boxers had to say at Thursday’s final press conference:
Monday, July 23, 2007
HOLLYWOOD, FL – It’s been a long time coming, but on Saturday, August 4th, WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero will finally make his long-awaited return to premium cable airwaves when he defends his title on Showtime against perennial contender Jorge Lacierva.
“I’m ecstatic that Showtime subscribers will get to see the fighter we’ve been raving about for all these years in Celestino Caballero,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, which co-promotes the 122-pound champion with Sycuan Ringside Promotions. “Caballero is one of the most dominant champions in the sport today, and he’ll show all his talent to the world on August 4th.”
Saturday, November 04, 2006
HOLLYWOOD, FL - The cheers had barely died down from WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero’s spectacular third round stoppage of 46-1-1 Somsak Sithchatchawal on October 4th when bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez started making noise about moving up to 122 pounds to fight ‘Pelenchin’ for his title.
Caballero (25-2, 18 KOs), unbeaten in his last six fights (four by knockout) and the holder of the only win over fellow titleholder Daniel Ponce De Leon, has some choice words for the brash Marquez.
“I’ve heard what Marquez has said about me, and I just want to make one thing clear – he is not the hunter, I am the hunter,” said Caballero, the pride of Colon, Panama. “If Marquez’ fists are able to back up his mouth, I will be more than willing to send him back to 118 pounds with his tail between his legs. My promoters, Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions have already approached Marquez’ promoter Gary Shaw, and he knows where to reach my people. I respect Marquez’ accomplishments as a bantamweight, but at 122 pounds, he will merely be a boy playing with men.”
The ball is now in the court of Rafael Marquez and Gary Shaw.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Opportunities are not limited to just the 122-pound division for new World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero.
Not when he stands an amazing 6-foot-1-1/2-inches tall.
“There are plenty of possibilities, more than that are immediately apparent” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which co-promotes Caballero along with Seminole Warriors Boxing.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Sycuan Ringside Promotions added its fifth world champion in its eight-boxer stable when Celestino “The Towering Inferno” Caballero captured the World Boxing Association super bantamweight title.
The hard-hitting, 6-foot-1 1/2-inch Caballero stopped Somsak Sithchatchawal by technical knockout, flooring him three times in the third round in Thailand Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Caballero, a southpaw from Colon, Panama, has a record of 25-2 with 18 knockouts.
Included is a win over current World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, who Caballero beat by 12-round unanimous decision by nine, seven and three points on the judges’ scorecards during February of 2005 in Hollywood, Calif.