Molitor set to cut giant down

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

One of Steve Molitor's favourite nursery rhymes from his childhood days was Jack and the Beanstalk.

Now the IBF world junior featherweight champion said he's ready to live out the tale for real when he faces WBA champion Celestino Caballero for the biggest title fight in Canada since Roberto Duran was defeated by Sugar Ray Leonard at Montreal in 1980.

Molitor said yesterday at a pre-fight media event in downtown Toronto that he has no doubt he can slay the much bigger Panamanian in the ring at Casino Rama on Nov. 21.

Caballero, at a reported 6-foot-1, towers over the 5-foot-7 Canadian.

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"He will be like the giant in the beanstalk, and I'll be Jack, cutting him down," Molitor said.

Caballero's size has been an issue since plans for the fight first began after Molitor claimed his IBF crown by beating then champion Michael Hunter in London in 2006.

Molitor's manager, James Jardine, said it defies credibility that Caballero can make the 120-pound weight limit with his height.

"He's listed as 5-foot-11 but I stood beside him in Panama last month and I'm 5-foot-10 and he was at least four inches taller," Jardine said.

Jardine, and many others, complain that Caballero weighs in the day before a fight at 120, but a day later is in the ring at as much as 130.

"He has the ability to balloon as much as 10 pounds in one day," he said. "That takes him out of the junior featherweight division."

To counter Caballero's apparent advantage, Jardine and promoter Allan Tremblay negotiated a deal that would see a pair of weigh-ins -- one the night before the match and a second the morning of the fight.

Molitor hopes that trying to make the 120-pound weight will affect Caballero's stamina on fight night.

"I know that at 5-foot-7 I have trouble getting to 120, so I can't believe he can do it at 6-foot-1, or whatever he is," the 28-year-old native of Sarnia said.

Regardless of the weight issue, Molitor said he is as ready as he has ever been for a fight.

"I have been dreaming of this kind of fight since I was 10 years old," he said. "This is what I got into boxing to do; to have a big fight."

While Tremblay claimed yesterday that nobody is going to make money on the fight, it has been widely rumoured that Molitor could walk away with a seven-figure pay day if he defeats the Panamanian.

"I've been training my ass off for this fight," Molitor said. "I thought of little else since it became clear it was going to happen."

And even richer matches certainly would be on the horizon if he can walk away with an undisputed title.

Molitor said he wasn't about to delve into his strategy against Caballero, but he did say that it was important to stay away from the taller man's jab.

"I can handle his height. But I will be careful of his reach," he said.

The fight will be carried live on TSN .


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