Renowned boxing trainer and current coach of the Las Vegas Hustle in the Team Combat League, Jeff Mayweather, recently spotlighted a lesser-known but exceptionally talented fighter he trained – Celestino Caballero.

Caballero, nicknamed the ‘Towering Inferno,’ achieved remarkable success in the boxing world, securing world titles in both the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Despite his achievements, Caballero never attained widespread recognition outside of his native Panama.

Standing tall at 5ft 11in, Caballero possessed a rare blend of height and skill for his weight class. However, he notably preferred to engage in close combat despite his physical advantages, leading to thrilling battles against notable opponents such as Steve Molitor, Francisco Leal, and Jonathan Victor Barros.

Although Caballero’s reign at 122lbs during the mid-to-late 2000s cemented his status as a premier fighter in his division, his relatively low profile means his name is often overlooked by casual fans of the sport.

In an interview with, Jeff Mayweather emphasized Caballero’s exceptional talent, describing him as having something “different” compared to other fighters he trained. Mayweather’s acknowledgment of Caballero’s prowess highlights the often-overlooked brilliance of the Panamanian boxer.

While Mayweather’s roster of exceptional talent includes notable names like Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov, his recognition of Caballero underscores the enduring legacy of fighters who may not have achieved mainstream fame but left an indelible mark on the sport.