By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian Promoter Rogelio Espiño spoke to Fightnews.com giving Caballero’s side of the Caballero-Garcia fight situation.
¨All the blame isn’t on Celestino Caballero,” said Espiño. “Did Sampson reach an agreement with Mike Garcia’s representatives? We must remember that Sampson Boxing is the one who is currently violating the WBA purse bid rules, not Caballero. Despite that, Caballero already said that he’s willing to fight if there is a REAL TV DATE. It’s Sampson’s responsibility, not Caballero’s to prove that. After all, Sampson said that he had a TV date for July 28 and all of the sudden it seems that it never existed. The boxers (both) are training very hard and this situation affects them.
I haven’t heard anything from Mike García’s team besides they are already looking for a different fight. So, after having their approval to fight on September 7, and Sampson Boxing showing Caballero that this time there is a real TV date, then Sampson Boxing can negotiate with Caballero or Floyd Mayweather, who is his representative, to accept this new date.”
Espiño continued, “Caballero’s interest is, and always has been, to fight and defend his crown. But be very aware of the situation that is happening, Caballero has been training in Las Vegas from April 16, when he begins to hear rumors that there are problems with his fight. Suddenly, he learns from the media that the fight is changing to September 7. What is the reason? Why have they not spoken to him? It is a total lack of respect, especially, knowing that a change of this nature cannot be done without the full consent of the boxers. Sampson even dares to talk about compensation based on ignorance. Does he know that this is an illegal date? More than 30 days after the limit established under the WBA regulations.
“I want to think that despite everything, this is due to the inexperience and ignorance of Sampson as a promoter. He doesn’t know the correct way how one should make these fights. I hope he will correct all his mistakes and show to the fighters, at least Caballero, that this time they’re serious about the date, and above all, to ensure that Mikey Garcia will fight.
“I hope everything is resolved for the sake of Celestino Caballero, who again is in a difficult situation in his career.”