Cellestino Caballero KOs Steve Molitor, Wins WBA and IBF 122 Pound Titles

Joe NixonCorrespondent INovember 23, 2008

Celestino Caballero fourth round KO of Steve Molitor stunned the fans at Ontario's Rama Casino. The thousands of Canadian fans in attendance had just witnessed the first professional loss of Steve Molitor's career and Celestino Caballero's greatest victory.


Following the stoppage, at just 52 seconds into the fourth round, Caballero collapsed canvas and burst into tears. Even the boos from the Canadian fans were not enough to shatter the exuberance of Caballero: the new WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion.


The crowd was overwhelming pro-Steve Molitor. The most visible Caballero fan in the crowd was Robert Duran, the greatest Panamanian fighter of all time, on hand to witness the crowning of Panama's newest boxing champion.


Caballero's corner also supported their man by donning Barrack Obama "HOPE" t-shirts which match the colors of the Panamanian flag. Clearly though it was Molitor who was in search of "HOPE" from round one.


From the opening bell Molitor seemed frustrated by the Panamanian punchers awkward style. Cabellero used his superior height and five inch reach advantage to keep Molitor on the ropes. Prompting his corner to comment prior to round four: “It’s not Steve Molitor here tonight.” But even this wake up call could not prompt Steve Molitor into action.


Caballero had changed by the start of the fourth and he seemed to sense the end was near. It came all too quickly for Steve Molitor. A left upper cut from Celestino Caballero dropped Paul Molitor.


Molitor was able to use the ropes and lurch back to his feet. Caballero pounced as soon as the referee retreated and Steven Larouche, Steve Molitor's trainer, rushed in to save his fighter and halt the bout.


Many thought a talented defensive southpaw like Steve Molitor would give Celestino Caballero trouble. Both of Caballero's losses have come against southpaws.


With this win, Caballero improves to 31-2 with 22 KOs; Molitor drops to 28-1 with 11 KOs.