Molitor, Caballero to unify boxing titles
Canadian boxer Steve Molitor will take on Celestino Caballero in a junior featherweight championship title unification match Nov. 21.
The fight was announced Wednesday for Casino Rama near Orillia, Ont.
The 28-year-old Sarnia, Ont., native holds the International Boxing Federation title in the 122-pound weight class, with Caballero the World Boxing Association champ. The bout had been planned for several months, with each tuning up with easy wins in the summer.
Molitor (28-0, 11 knockouts) stopped Ceferino Labarda of Argentina in 10 rounds in late August, with Caballero knocking out Elvis Mejia in one round in September.
Molitor, who resides in Mississauga, Ont., won the title over Michael Hunter of Great Britain in November 2006 and has made five defences, all at Casino Rama.
Caballero (30-2, 21 knockouts) earned recognition as WBA champ one month before Molitor defeated Hunter. Caballero, 32, beat Somsak Sitchchatchawal of Thailand and has defended the title five times since.
Caballero has won his last 11 bouts and has never been defeated outside of his native Panama.
In addition to his skills, he is freakishly tall for the weight category. At five-foot-eleven, he will enjoy a height and reach advantage of four inches over the southpaw Molitor.
While Molitor's title defences have been broadcast in Canada, the unification match will bring wider exposure for the fighter as Showtime will carry the bout live in the United States.
While the winner will have two belts to his name, most boxing observers recognize Mexican veteran and World Boxing Council titleholder Israel Vazquez as the kingpin of the division.