HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 16 – The fans want it. The premium networks want it. The only man in the 122-pound weight class to own two championship belts wants it, but apparently, WBO super bantamweight title holder Juan Manuel Lopez has gone missing as Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing tries to make a fight between Lopez and their fighter, WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero.
Article posted on 16.09.2009
“This is the biggest and best fight in the 122-pound weight class or in just about any weight class right now,” said Margules, “and while we already know that Caballero wants Lopez, I can say that HBO and Showtime are also very interested in this fight. The missing pieces are Lopez and his Promoters. Lopez claims to want the fight Celestino in January, but up until now, all his Promoters talked about was Gamboa. I have reached out to them, and they were not yet ready to talk about it.."
Caballero, a world champion since 2005, has beaten the best the division has to offer over the last four years. Fresh from an eighth round TKO win over Francisco Leal in August, Panama’s “Pelenchin” now has his sights set on Lopez, but the Puerto Rican and his promotional team have conveniently sidestepped any talk of fighting the man everyone wants to see him fight.
“Bob Arum and Peter Rivera both have my number, and I am available 24/7 to make this fight,” said Margules. We will fight Lopez in Puerto Rico, New York, or wherever his team wants it, and since he was talking so much about fighting Gamboa, a featherweight, Celestino Caballero will go up to 126 pounds or any weight to make this fight happen. Bottom line, Caballero will fight Lopez anywhere at anytime, and we won’t stop chasing him or talking about it until this fight gets done.”