News | Nov 21 2015

Lee Haskins new IBF bantamweight champion after Randy Caballero fails to make weight

Bristol's Lee Haskins is new world champion but likely to miss out on purse, writes Matt Christie
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LEE HASKINS is the new IBF world bantamweight champion after Randy Caballero failed to make weight for their proposed showdown tomorrow. The British fighter – previously the Interim champion – kept his end of the bargain by coming in half-a-pound under the 118lb divisional limit before Caballero hit the scales at a whopping 123 l/2lbs.

It was immediately announced that Caballero, who made no effort to lose extra weight, would be stripped of the title. It has since been confirmed that Haskins has been elevated to world champion after turning down the chance to face the American in a catch-weight contest.

“It made no sense to do that,” Haskins’ manager, Jamie Sanigar, told Boxing News. “If Lee had lost he wouldn’t have kept the world title. This way, we’ve got the world title, and we can go back home and look at our options.”