Celestino Caballero was on some pound-for-pound lists a little more than a year ago. The rangy Panamanian was big, talented and scary.
Then he ran into some trouble, losing consecutive split decisions to Jason Litzau and WBA featherweight titleholder Jonathan Barros to leave his future as an elite fighter in doubt.
Well, there is no longer much doubt. He appears to be back.
Caballero easily outpointed Barros to win the 126-pound title in an immediate rematch in October and dominated Satoshi Hosono – THE RING’s No. 10-rated featherweight – en route to a one-sided decision Saturday in Japan.
Thus, Caballero (36-4, 23 knockouts) replaces Hosono at No. 10 in the ratings.
And we have a feeling his ascension won’t end there even in a deep division. Caballero, who is 5-foot-11 (152cm), is capable of giving any top featherweight trouble with combination of size and ability.
RING RATINGS UPDATE
Junior lightweight: Takashi Uchiyama retained his No. 1 position with an 11th-round TKO of Jorge Solis (No. 4 last week) on the Caballero-Hosono undercard.
Solis, who was behind badly on all cards at the time he was stopped, drops to No. 8.
Junior bantamweight: Nobuo Nashiro remains at No. 9 after stopping unrated Norasing Patanakan Gym in two rounds Saturday in Japan.
Junior flyweight: Ryo Miyazaki stopped unrated Kaenpetch Sithpoopetch in the third round in Japan to retain his No. 9 rating.
Strawweight: Kazuto Ioka remains at No. 2 after stopping Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai in one round Saturday in Japan.
Rated fighters in action this coming weekend (with current ratings)
Flyweight: Edgar Sosa (No. 10) vs. Roilo Golez (Saturday)