Orlando Salido Finds Added Motivation in Underdog Role

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By Jake Donovan –

Ask any fighter in the game what’s in store for the future while they are training for a fight, and the answer most likely given is that they’re focused solely on their next opponent and not anything else.

Orlando Salido didn’t have that luxury heading into his vacant featherweight title fight with Orlando Cruz last October. The veteran cult favorite already knew his destiny; worse, it was literally in front of him, dangling like a carrot on a stick. An hour or so before he would step into the ring with Cruz, Salido couldn’t help but look up and observe his future opponent on screen while in the dressing room.

Vasyl Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and one of the most successful amateur boxers in the history of the game, appeared on the same Vegas card as Salido, with both fighting in separate supporting bouts to Tim Bradley’s pay-per-view headlining win over Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. In his pro debut, Lomachenko starched veteran Jose Ramirez in four rounds, with talks immediately turning to his next fight – a title shot in just his second pro fight.

“I knew why we were both on the card,” Salido recalls of the night. “I saw him in his fight with Ramirez and knew he’d be my next opponent.”

Salido did his part, destroying Cruz in seven rounds to reclaim the featherweight belt he lost earlier in the year to Mikey Garcia. In both fights – which comprised of his entire 2013 campaign – Salido was forced to play the role of afterthought in the pre-fight build-up.

The discussion heading into last January’s showdown with Garcia weren’t focused on making his third title defense, but that he was being served up to a rising young star. Even entering as the prohibitive favorite in his showdown with Cruz last October, the main pre-fight story line was how a win by Cruz would make him the first openly gay boxer to win a major title.

That never came close to happening, as Salido remained focused on becoming a three-time featherweight titlist. The 33-year old Mexican warrior has long ago grown used to taking the back seat, and expected it to be the case the moment his fight with Lomachenko was made official.

“It’s just that much more motivation to me,” Salido (40-12-2-1NC, 28KO) insists. “I go into most big fights as the underdog and have to prove the so-called experts wrong. Whether it was Garcia, (Yuriorkis) Gamboa, JuanMa (Juan Manuel Lopez, whom Salido knocked out twice, both times in Puerto Rico), Cruz and now this guy (Lomachenko), I get talked about as the other fighter. That’s fine, I’m used to it and only work that much harder.”

As evidenced by his not-so-glossy ring record, he doesn’t always manage to win ‘em all. Now 18 years into the fight game – having turn pro at aged 15 – Salido truly came up the hard way before finally rising towards the top of the featherweight mountain late in his career. His loss to Gamboa in their featherweight unification bout in Sept. ’10 was his 11th career loss, but hardly the end of his career.

Salido has since won six of his last seven heading into his title defense versus Lomachenko, which takes place March 1 in San Antonio, airing live on HBO. Not only has Salido seen his opponent steal the majority of the headlines, but the fight also has to share news space with the show’s accompanying bout, a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera.

At the very least, he heads into the fight with momentum. That same luxury was lacking prior to his bout with Cruz, as he was forced to sit for nine months on his worst loss in years.

“Mikey Garcia is a heck of a fighter, and I hope to one day get a rematch with him before he moves up in weight again,” Salido says of last conqueror, who has since won a title at 130 lb. “Going into that fight, I just felt like something was wrong that night. It happens to all fighters. I picked the wrong night and fighter to not be at my best, but I had to rebound and move on from it.”

Salido did just that, calming concerns that he was at the end of his career. Cruz was unproven at the championship level, but was the younger fighter and also at the hottest point of his career. Whether or not the extra attention that came with his “outing” himself a year prior impacted him any outside of the ring, he was in way over his head once the opening bell rang. Cruz never stopped trying, but his problem that night was that Salido never stopped charging forward.

Nine months after picking the wrong night to be at less than his best, Salido finally landed in the right place at the right time. Garcia was forced to vacate the belt last June, showing up over the 126 lb. limit for his intended title defense versus Juan Manuel Lopez, whom Salido knocked out to win the belt in 2012. Garcia would blast out the Boricua southpaw in four rounds, but not before conceding his title at the scales.

Five months later, the title was returned to its prior owner, though immediately followed by the suggestion that his role was to simply keep the belt warm for boxing’s next young featherweight star. Even with just one pro fight to his name, big plans are already in store for Lomachenko.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, never one to pass on an opportunity to oversell any occasion, was talking about the path the Ukrainian wunderkind could travel even before his first pro fight. A win in October would lead to the title shot he receives in March. A win there could lead to a showdown with current undefeated 122 lb. king Guillermo Rigondeaux, with Arum’s vision that it would mark the first time in boxing history pairing two fighters who each won two Olympic Gold medals.

As for Salido’s future? For now, all roads lead to and end with March 1. Where he goes from there entirely depends on his performance.

“None of that bothers me,” Salido says of the one-fight-at-at-time approach taken with his career. “I’m boxing for the long haul and still have a lot to offer the sport. That’s all that matters to me. They can plan whatever they want for this kid. It won’t mean anything when I beat him on March 1.”

Though always confident of victory no matter whom the opponent, it’s not to say that a win is always automatically assumed.

“When (Lomachenko) fought Ramirez, that was the first time I ever really paid attention to him. I don’t really follow amateur boxing, but knew his name. I paid attention when he fought before me, knowing that he would be my next opponent. He has a great amateur pedigree. I’d be foolish to underestimate him just because he hasn’t been in the pros that long.

“This will be a very tough fight. I’m training for a very tough fight, which is why I’m confident I will win. A lot has been said about Lomachenko, and he says he’s ready for this fight. Now he’ll have to go in there and try to prove it.”

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(06/15/2013) Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez

Date:  Saturday, June 15, 2013

WBO Featherweight Championship Title

Location:  American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

Promoter:  Top Rank/ Bob Arum

Referee:  Rafael Ramos

Judges:    Levi Martinez, Javier Alvarez, Oren Shellenberger

Supervisor:  Rafael López Santos

Result:   Mikey Garcia win the fight against Juan Manuel Lopez by TKO in round four.   Garcia loses title on the scales.  Featherweight Title is vacant.

Garcia stops Lopez in fourth round

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Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round of their WBO featherweight bout but it was to no avail as Garcia didn’t make weight.

Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round on Saturday, leaving the WBO featherweight title vacant after Garcia failed to make weight.

Garcia (32-0) weighed in at 128 pounds (58 kg) on Friday, two pounds over the featherweight limit.

Lopez weighed in at 125.5 pounds (57 kg). Even though he tried to shed a couple pounds before the weigh-in, Garcia knew it was likely he was going to have to forfeit his title.

“The disappointment was there because I lost my title,” Garcia said.

“I was crying a little bit because I knew I wasn’t the champion. But everybody got a chance to see I’m a good fighter. This was a satisfying victory.”

Garcia put Lopez on the ground with a strong left-handed blow 1:34 into the fourth round for his 27th career knockout.

Lopez (33-3) would have regained the title with a win.

Garcia won the title from Orlando Salido on a unanimous decision in New York on January 19.

The title reign, however, was short-lived after Garcia didn’t make weight.

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Mikey Garcia tops Juan Manuel Lopez, leaving WBO belt vacant

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Mikey Garcia delivers the knockout blow to Juan Manuel Garcia during their Saturday bout in Dallas.
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DALLAS (AP) Mikey Garcia quickly got over the disappointment of losing his crown.

Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round Saturday night, leaving the WBO featherweight title vacant after Garcia failed to make weight.

Garcia (32-0) weighed in at 128 pounds Friday, two over the featherweight limit. Lopez weighed in at 125 1/2. Even though he tried to shed a couple pounds before the weigh-in, Garcia knew it was likely he was going to have to forfeit his title.

“The disappointment was there because I lost my title,” Garcia said. “I was crying a little bit because I knew I wasn’t the champion. But everybody got a chance to see I’m a good fighter. This was a satisfying victory.”

Garcia put Lopez on the ground with a strong left-handed blow 1:34 into the fourth round for his 27th career knockout. The 25-year-old Californian connected on 53 punches – 40 of them jabs. Lopez connected on only 23 of 153 attempted punches.

Lopez (33-3) would have regained the title with a win.

“It’s not that I wanted to make a statement,” Garcia said. “We just had a really good night.”

Garcia won the title from Orlando Salido in a unanimous decision in New York on Jan. 19. The title reign, however, was short-lived after Garcia didn’t make weight.

The only two losses of Lopez’s career were to Salido. The first one cost him the WBO belt, and the second led to a one-year suspension by Puerto Rican boxing officials when he accused the referee who stopped the fight of betting on the match.

Lopez had won twice since his one-year ban ended, beating Aldimar Silva Santos in February and knocking out Eugenio Lopez in an undercard bout in Mexico City in April.

Garcia’s plan was to attack early with the jab and step back from Lopez before attacking. With a majority of fans chanting his first name early, Garcia came out and landed a series of jabs in the first round.

In the second round, Garcia knocked Lopez down with a right cross. Lopez quickly rose to his feet and completed the round. Garcia finished off the 29-year-old Lopez two rounds later.

“I was able to land my jab and stand pretty comfortable,” Garcia said. “When I knocked him down, that gave me confidence that I could put him out early.”

Lopez appeared wobbly early in the fourth after Garcia landed a combination of punches. Garcia finished him off with a powerful left hook. Lopez slowly got up and referee Rafael Ramos quickly called the match.

“We executed perfectly” said Garcia’s older brother and co-trainer, Robert Garcia.

On the undercard, Terence Crawford (21-0) won the vacant NABO lightweight title, stopping Alejandro Sanabria (34-2-1) in the sixth round. Crawford dropped Sanabria with a left hook 17 seconds into the round.

Sanabria got up, but the referee called the fight to give Crawford his 16th knockout victory.

Juanma Lopez: After Garcia – I Want Nonito Donaire!

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By Miguel Rivera –

Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30KOs) is having no problem making the featherweight limit for Saturday’s fight with WBO champion Mikey Garcia at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. When Lopez left the gym on Wednesday, he weighed 127-pounds – one pound under the featherweight limit.

After dropping back down to face Garcia, Lopez found that he didn’t really struggle to make the weight. He felt so comfortable in camp that he wants to stick around for at least one more fight – against Filipino star Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20KOs). Donaire would be Lopez’s final fight at 126, before he moves up to chase a third world crown at super featherweight.

“After Mikey Garcia, I want to fight Nonito Donaire and then I’m going to move up to 130-pounds to pursue a title there,” Juanma said.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Juanma Lopez at American Airlines Center

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MIKEY GARCIA vs. JUANMA LOPEZ

WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

DALLAS/FT. WORTH MEDIA FIGHT WEEK SCHEDULE

PUBLIC INVITED TO EVERYTHING!

DALLAS (June 6, 2013) — Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion MIKEY GARCIA (31-0, 26 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, will break training camp and arrive in Dallas next week! Yes, sir! Fight week is about to begin as the two featherweight gladiators prepare for their world title rumble at American Airlines Center®. Joining them at various events will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman, who are co-promoting this championship card. The Dallas / Ft. Worth Media Fight Week schedule is as follows (all times are Central Time):

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

FIGHTERS WORKOUTS

American Airlines Center – Outdoors at the AT&T Plaza (south side of AAC) 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX. 75219

· 2:00 p.m. Juanma Lopez

· 2:30 p.m. Mikey Garcia

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

GARCIA and LOPEZ PUBLIC APPEARANCE / AUTOGRAPH SESSION

La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth Mall – Center Court

4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. 76115

· 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

FINAL NEWS CONFERENCE

American Airlines Center – Arena Floor, North Concourse Area

2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX. 75129

· 1:30 p.m. Doors Open

· 2:00 p.m. News Conference Begins, followed by one-on-one interviews

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

American Airlines Center – Arena Floor, North Concourse

2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX. 75219

· Noon Doors Open

· 1:15 p.m. Fighters on the scale

· 1:30 p.m. Garcia and Lopez on the scale

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“Mikey” García no subestima a Juanma López

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Viento en popa va el entrenamiento del californiano Miguel Ángel ‘Mikey’ García, quien está por culminar los últimos detalles de cara a su esperado enfrentamiento ante el boricua Juan Manuel López, el 15 de junio en el American Airlines Center de Dallas, Texas, con el cetro Pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo en juego.

Al respecto, el hermano y entrenador de ‘Mikey’, Robert García, dijo a ESPN que la seriedad con la que se tomó este pleito fue básica para lograr una preparación estupenda, pues él y su hermano esperan al mejor ‘Juanma’.

“La verdad todo ha ido muy bien, tuvo mi hermano un buen sparring, se vio como siempre, inteligente, calmado, calculador, debe dar buena pelea”, expuso García.

“Pero veo yo una pelea difícil, no podemos pensar en una pelea fácil por el hecho de que venimos de ganarle a Orlando Salido y que el ‘Siri’ le ganó a ‘Juanma’, eso no es ningún parámetro”, señaló.

“Nosotros sabemos que ‘Juanma’ se juega mucho en esta pelea, que él está conciente de que puede ser su última oportunidad y por ello se ha encarado con la seriedad que necesita un peleador como él”, finalizó Robert en entrevista para ESPN.

http://www.allsportnewspr.com/2013/06/mikey-garcia-no-subestima-juanma-lopez.html

Photos: Mikey Garcia Putting in Work, Open Workout

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Yorba Linda, Calif.    — Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Mikey Garcia works out for the many fans that showed up for his public workout session Saturday in Yorba Linda,Ca.   Garcia will make his first title defense against former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday,June 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas,Texas. Garcia vs Lopez,  televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark will be promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.

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— Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.

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Interview: Mikey Garcia

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By Jeff Zimmerman –

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California discusses his June 15 showdown with former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Their HBO-televised collision will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Any concerns on fighting Juanma
Not a concern but the most thing you have to watch out for is his power, heavy handed, both hands. He is very powerful and strong so that is something you have to watch out for.

Confidence from beating Salido so easily while Juanma lost twice
Not necessarily, because styles make fights and he’s a different style than Salido, I have to prepare for Juanma not Salido this time, so I have to make sure I am in the best shape possible.

Are you in the best shape?
I am. I am getting there. I have been training for that last 4 weeks and we have almost 5 weeks left so it will be a total camp of 9 weeks but I have been training longer than that to stay in shape but for this camp it will be a nine week camp.

Strategy for the fight and whether to box from the outside
We don’t know yet because the fight might unfold a little differently. We are going to prepare and be able to adjust to do many things in the ring. With the kind of power that he has, we have to be careful for that. I think that as a southpaw we got to work for him and sometimes putting a little pressure on a southpaw is the best thing to do, so we got to prepare for many things.

Do you expect to knock out Juanma?
I’m not expecting to knock him out but if I hurt him and the knockout is there, it’s in front of me than I will take it, but we are preparing for a twelve round fight.

How has life changed since becoming a world champion?
I don’t feel any different but people treat you differently but people want to greet you and shake your hand and that’s always really nice for the fans to do that. I have said before, the fans are what makes me feel like a world champion.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez set for Saturday, June 15 Live on HBO

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DALLAS (May 9, 2013) — Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion MIKEY GARCIA will make his first title defense, against former two-division world champion JUAN MANUEL “Juanma” LOPEZ, Saturday, June 15, at the American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219). The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. This will be the first time HBO has televised a boxing event from the American Airlines Center. Making their Dallas debut, Garcia and Lopez boast a combined record of 64-2 (56 KOs) — a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 87.5%.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus additional service fees, will go on sale This Saturday! May 11 at 10:00 a.m. CT. Tickets can be purchased at the American Airlines Center box office (Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT), online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet (Fiesta Foods, Macy’s Wal-Mart and The Shops at Willowbend.)

“Mikey proved in his last fight that he is a world champion. Now he has to prove he can remain a world champion when he faces one of the toughest men in the division in two-time world champion Juanma,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “This caps off an incredible run for boxing during the first half of 2013.”

“Mikey Garcia versus Juan Manuel Lopez is a can’t miss attraction,” says Kery Davis, senior vice president, HBO Sports. “Dallas is a first-class sports destination and we’re thrilled to be going to the American Airlines Center. June 15 is a date fight fans need to circle on their boxing calendar.”

Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs), of Oxnard Calif., a 2010 graduate of California’s Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Reserve Officer Academy, returns to the ring having won 14 of his past 16 bouts by knockout. In his last fight, on January 19, he dethroned two-time featherweight champion Orlando Salido at Madison Square Garden via an eight-round technical win that had Garcia winning virtually every round against the seasoned veteran. Garcia, 25, had a career-best year in 2011, knocking out previously undefeated contender Matt Remillard in the 10th round in March to capture his NABF and NABO title belts. He followed that with four-round knockout title defense victories of Rafael Guzman and Juan Carlos Martinez in June and October, respectively. Guzman and Martinez had a combined record of 47-14-1 when they fought Garcia. Last year, he continued his winning ways, knocking out one-time world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion and former world champion Mauricio Pastrana, in the seventh and second rounds, respectively. He ended his 2012 campaign by knocking out former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros in the eighth round on November 10, 2012. Garcia is trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and co-managed and trained by his brother, 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, the former IBF junior lightweight champion.

Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, returns to the ring for the third time this year, with 21 of his past 22 victories coming by way of knockout. The latest victims were Aldimar Santos and Eugenio Lopez on February 2 and April 20, respectively. The pride of Puerto Rico’s only blemishes on his sterling record have come from Salido, who scored world title victories over Lopez in 2011 and 2012. Lopez earned his first world title by knocking out defending WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in the first round of their June 2008 fight. After five successful title defenses – four by knockout – he vacated the title and successfully challenged WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano, stopping him in the seventh round, on January 28, 2010, at Madison Square Garden. He successfully defended his featherweight crown twice during his 15-month reign with an exciting second-round TKO of Bernabe Concepcion and an eighth-round TKO of two division world champion Rafael Márquez.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez set for June 15 on HBO

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Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico will be squaring off in a title fight which will take place on Saturday, June 15 and will be televised live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Garcia and JuanMa will be hosting a press conference this Thursday,  May 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT,  at the American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219) to officially announce the fight. Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will also be in attendance.

This will mark the first time HBO has ever broadcast a fight from the American Airlines Center.  The Garcia – Lopez world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank®, in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.

Garcia vs. Lopez would have been a real mouth-watering fight a couple of years ago. Of course, Top Rank took its time giving Garcia his shot, and since then, we all know what’s happened to JuanMa, being knocked out twice. Garcia now holds JuanMa’s former belt, which he lost to Orlando Salido.

This almost feels as if they’re feeding their once cash-cow to their next up and coming star. But we don’t really know how Mikey will respond to the offense and power of Lopez, so there’s definitely still some intrigue and excitement here. Their two styles should mesh well to produce a fun fight, too.

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Mikey Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez reportedly done for June 15

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Mikey Garcia will defend his WBO featherweight title against Juan Manuel Lopez in Dallas.

According to Mikey Garcia via Twitter, with a photograph of the contract dated May 1, Garcia will defend his WBO featherweight title on June 15 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, against Juan Manuel Lopez.

Garcia vs Lopez has been discussed plenty since Mikey’s January win over Orlando Salido, but there was always the belief that the fight would take place at a 128-pound catchweight. The contract clearly states it will be a title fight, with the max weight the divisional limit of 126 pounds.

Garcia (31-0, 26 KO) has thus far been terrific as a pro, and his win over Salido — though cut short due to injury — was a pretty thorough clinic for the majority of the eight rounds it lasted, with Salido down four times and just totally outboxed by the younger man.

Lopez (33-2, 30 KO) is an extremely entertaining fighter, though not the elite talent he was hyped as being during his younger days. Now 29 (and turning 30 on June 30th), Lopez is a known quantity. He’s strong, he’s all-action, and he’s got enormous defensive flaws. Both of his losses came in brutal slugfests against Salido, who stopped him in both 2011 and 2012.

Since the second loss to Salido, Lopez has won two straight, scoring easy wins over Aldimar Silva Santos and Eugenio Lopez.

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Se completan las peleas estelares de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV el 2 de febrero en Bayamón

Los clasificados mundiales McJoe Arroyo y Jonathan “Bomba” González ya cuentan con contrincantes para así completar los combates principales de la próxima  edición de la serie Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, que será estelarizada por el ex doble campeón mundial Juan Manuel “Juanma” López el 2 de febrero, en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) en asociación con Top Rank, que será transmitida en vivo y en exclusiva por DIRECTV “Pay Per View”.

El ex campeón mundial mexicano Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero y el argentino Carlos Rubén Darío Ruiz se medirán a McJoe Arroyo y Bomba González por cetros regionales de la OMB en combates a 12 asaltos.

“Tenemos otras dos buenas peleas para añadir a este cartel, enfrentando a McJoe y a Bomba contra dos púgiles clasificados mundialmente, uno de ellos que fue campeón mundial”, dijo Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PRBBP. “De esta manera completamos las cinco peleas principales de esta gran cartelera de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV”.

Así las cosas, McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs) combatirá contra Gatito Guerrero (18-4-1, 12 KOs), un ex campeón supermosca de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) que en estos momentos está clasificado número cuatro por la FIB en las 115 libras. Guerrero cuenta con experiencia ante los ex campeones y campeones mundiales Vic Darchynian, Juan Alberto Rosas y Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr., contra quien perdió su título el año pasado. El encuentro entre McJoe Arroyo, ranqueado nueve por la OMB en 115 libras, y Guerrero será por el cetro Latino supermosca de la OMB a 12 asaltos.

En cuanto al campeón juvenil supermosca de la OMB, Bomba González (11-0, 10 KOs), Carlos Rubén Darío Ruiz (14-2, 9 KOs) será su rival. Darío Ruiz, de 26 años, es el 11mo clasificado de la OMB en el peso mosca, mientras que Bomba González, campeón mundial juvenil aficionado en 2008 y medallista de oro en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe de 20120, es el 12mo. Esta reyerta será también por un título regional de la OMB a 12 asaltos.

En el combate estelar de la velada, Juanma López (31-2, 28 KOs), ex campeón supergallo y pluma de la OMB y clasificado número cinco de la OMB en las 126 libras, regresará al ring tras casi un año de inactividad cuando de vea con el brasileño Aldimar Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs) a 10 asaltos y en un peso máximo de 128 libras.

Por su parte, José “Chelo” González (21-0, 16 KOs), el primer clasificado de la OMB en las 135 libras y monarca ligero Latino de la OMB, se enfrentará al filipino Al Sabaupan (20-1-1, 15 KOs), clasificado 15 por la OMB en las 140 libras y número nueve por la FIB en las 135 libras. La pelea González-Sabaupan será a 12 asaltos.

McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), quien posee el cetro mosca Latino de la OMB se medirá al ex campeón mosca del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) Sonny Boy Jaro (34-11-5, 24 KOs). McWilliams, olímpico de 2008, campeón mundial aficionado en 2009 y quien está clasificado número seis por la OMB y 14 por la FIB en los mosca, tendrá en Jaro al cuarto clasificado del CMB para su choque a 12 capítulos.

La primera pelea de la noche comenzará a las 7:00 p.m., con la transmisión de televisión por DIRECTV “Pay Per View”, que presentará los choques Lopez-Silva Santos, González-Sabaupan, McWilliams-Jaro, McJoe-Guerrero y González-Darío Ruiz, iniciando a las 9:00 p.m.

Los boletos para esta edición de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $60 Palcos, $100 Palcos Centro, $125 Ring Side y $250 Red Carpet.

Por Aleudi Rosario

JuanMa López se muestra preparado para la noche de campeones DIRECTV el 2 de febrero en Bayamón y resultado de primer prepesaje de coestelaristas

CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO– El ex doble campeón mundial Juan Manuel “Juanma” López mostró esta tarde cómo va su entrenamiento para el sábado, 2 de febrero, cuando regrese al cuadrilátero midiéndose al brasileño Aldimar Silva Santos en el choque estelar de la nueva edición de la serie Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, que cobrará vida en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), que será transmitida en vivo y en exclusiva por DIRECTV “Pay Per View”.

Juanma López (31-2, 28 KOs), ex campeón supergallo y pluma de la OMB y clasificado número cinco por esta entidad en las 126 libras, entrenó esta tarde por espacio de dos horas en el Gimnasio José “Cheo” Aponte de esta ciudad, donde trabajó varios de los nuevos movimientos que ha venido practicando con el entrenador Freddy Trinidad, mientras también hace lo suyo con sus preparadores principales Álex Caraballo y Orlando Piñero. Además de varios asaltos de guanteleta con Trinidad, en los que practicaron varios movimientos defensivos de torso, cabeza y piernas, López se movió sobre el cuadrilátero, realizó ejercicios de estiramiento y calentamiento, así como cuica y golpeo el saco y las peras.

“Estamos bien enfocados en lo que queremos, que es ser campeón del mundo nuevamente. El trabajo se está haciendo y sé que se verán los frutos. Estamos haciendo de todo para regresar a la ruta ganadora”, dijo López, quien conoce muy poco de su rival, sólo que “es derecho y tiene manos rápidas”.

Su contrario, Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs), es un peleador de 31 años, residente en Sao Paolo, Brasil, que viene de combatir el pasado 29 de diciembre cuando se impuso sobre su compatriota Rodolfo Franz en seis asaltos. La reyerta entre López y Silva Santos será a 10 asaltos y en un peso máximo de 128 libras.

Aunque no tenía que pesarse en la ceremonia de prepesaje que se realizó hoy para los peleadores coestelares, López lo hizo y marcó 139 ½ libras a un mes de su compromiso ante Silva Santos.

Para Trinidad lo que se está enfatizando es en “no desesperarse cuando las situaciones cambias. Por eso estamos trabajando en las reacciones, lo hacemos con unas bolas de tenis, tirándoselas para que él (López) reaccione, en los reflejos y en los movimientos de cintura, de cabeza y cómo salir de ciertas situaciones”.

Caraballo, su entrenador principal, indicó que “Juanma está mucho más enfocado en lo que quiere y se ve en el entrenamiento. Con la adición de Freddy (Trinidad) estamos trabajando todos en conjunto y hay experiencia y trabajo en equipo para que las cosas salgan mejor”.

Por otro lado, en una de las peleas coestelares de esta Noche de Campeones DIRECTV estará en acción el primer clasificado de la OMB y campeón Latino de ese organismo en el peso ligero, José “Chelo” González (21-0, 16 KOs), que marcó 154 ½ libras de un máximo permitido de 155 ¼. El púgil se medirá a un rival por anunciarse a 12 asaltos defendiendo la correa que posee.

El ex olímpico y ex campeón mundial aficionado en 2009, McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), quien defenderá por segunda vez su correa de peso mosca Latino de la OMB frente a un peleador por determinarse, pesó 118 ½ libras de un máximo de 128.8. McWilliams está ranqueado sexto por la OMB en el peso mosca.

El también ex olímpico y medallista de bronce mundial aficionado en 2007, McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), que irá tras el cetro supermosca Latino de la OMB y está clasificado nueve mundialmente por esta entidad, marcó 123 libras de un máximo de 132.25, para su combate ante un contrincante por anunciarse.

Mientras, el campeón mundial juvenil aficionado en 2008, Jonathan “Bomba” González (11-0, 10 KOs), pesó 130 libras a un mes de su defensa del título mundial juvenil peso mosca de la OMB ante un peleador por anunciarse. Bomba González está clasificado 12 por la OMB en las 112 libras.

El programa contará con otras cinco reyertas que serán anunciadas próximamente. La primera pelea de la noche comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. con la transmisión de televisión por DIRECTV “Pay Per View” iniciando a las 9:00 p.m.

Los boletos para esta edición de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $60 Palcos, $100 Palcos Centro, $125 Ring Side y $250 Red Carpet.

Por Aleudi Rosario

Fotos Joel Colón

 

Regresa JuanMa López 2 de febrero 2013; junto a Chelo Gonzalez, los hermanos Arroyo y Bomba Gonzalez

REGRESA JUANMA LÓPEZ EN NUEVA EDICIÓN DE NOCHE DE CAMPEONES DIRECTV, 2 DE FEBRERO DE 2013; EN ACCIÓN CHELO GONZÁLEZ, MCWILLIAMS ARROYO, MCJOE ARROYO Y BOMBA GONZÁLEZ

            GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO– El dos veces ex campeón mundial Juan Manuel “Juanma” López regresará al cuadrilátero el sábado, 2 de febrero de 2013, en una nueva edición de la exitosa serie Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, que cobrará vida en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón y que contará con otras cuatro peleas titulares en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), que será transmitido en vivo y en exclusiva por DIRECTV “Pay Per View”.

Además de Juanma López, los clasificados mundiales José “Chelo” González, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo y Jonathan “Bomba” González combatirán por cetros regionales como parte del programa televisivo del cartel, que comenzará su transmisión a las 9:00 de la noche.

“Venimos con un regreso en grande de Juanma López, que viene a demostrar que puede regresar a los primeros planos del boxeo mundial, y éste es su primer paso”, dijo el promotor Iván Rivera, presidente de PRBBP. “Será una gran cartelera en la que los fanáticos tendrán la oportunidad de ver en acción a los contendores Chelo González, los gemelos McWilliams y McJoe Arroyo, y a Bomba González en combates titulares. Comenzamos el año en grande con DIRECTV en otro evento en el cual trabajamos juntos y que sabemos será un éxito como han sido todos los que hacemos con DIRECTV. Los rivales de turno los estaremos anunciando próximamente, ya que estamos en negociaciones y no queremos que se vayan a afectar las mismas”.

En el turno estelar de la velada, Juanma López (31-2, 28 KOs), ex campeón supergallo y pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), regresará al cuadrilátero para medirse a un rival que se anunciará próximamente a 10 asaltos y en un peso de 128 libras. López peleará por primera vez desde que el pasado 10 de marzo  de 2012 cayó ante el mexicano Orlando Salido, siendo luego suspendido por la Comisión de Boxeo Profesional de Puerto Rico (CBPPR) tras unos comentarios realizados en la entrevista post-pelea. El castigo fue levantado por el Secretario de Recreación y Deportes, Henry Neumann, y así López podrá combatir nuevamente en esta cartelera. El gladiador boricua está clasificado número cinco por la OMB en las 126 libras en estos momentos.

“Llevo desde agosto entrenando y me siento en muy buena condición. Vamos a pelear en otra división ahora, pero que sepan los 126 libras que no me fui y los 130 libras que se preparen”, manifestó López, quien trabaja en el Gimnasio José “Cheo” Aponte junto a Orlando Piñero y Álex Caraballo, así como con Freddie Trinidad en el Gimnasio de Caimito. “Quiero ser campeón mundial nuevamente y por eso estamos enfocados en nuestro entrenamiento”.

Mientras, el primer clasificado de la OMB en las 135 libras, Chelo González (21-0, 16 KOs) estará exponiendo por cuarta ocasión su cinturón Latino del peso ligero de la OMB contra un peleador por determinarse a 12 asaltos. González, quien logró tres triunfos por la vía del nocaut en 2012 (sobre Hevinson Herrera, Joseph Layrea y Oscar Cuero), está en ruta a un choque mundial ante el campeón de la OMB en el peso ligero, Ricky Burns.

“Estoy listo para enfrentarme al que sea, el número uno, el número dos, a Ricky Burns, al que sea. No miramos rivales, el que me pongan con ese peleo, para eso estamos preparándonos bien fuerte”, sostuvo González, natural de Toa Baja.

Otros de los choques coestelares presentará al ex olímpico y ex campeón mundial aficionado 2009, McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), defendiendo por segunda ocasión su correa de peso mosca Latino de la OMB cuando se vea con un contrincante por anunciarse a 12 asaltos. McWilliams, quien ganó sus cuatro peleas de 2012, se encuentra clasificado número seis mundialmente por la OMB en las 112 libras actualmente. Su más reciente triunfo fue el pasado 27 de septiembre cuando noqueó al colombiano Ronald Ramos en la pasada edición de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV.

“Yo tengo un sueño que es convertirme en campeón mundial y para eso estoy trabajando. Quiero agradecer a DIRECTV porque he estado activo en varias cartelera con DIRECTV y ha sido un apoyo grande en mi carrera”, apuntó McWilliams.

Su gemelo, el también ex olímpico y medallista de bronce mundial aficionado en 2007, McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), estará buscando el cetro supermosca Latino de la OMB, enfrentándose a un rival por determinarse a 12 asaltos. McJoe ganó las dos peleas que disputó en 2012. El boxeador fajardeño, que viene de vencer por nocaut al ex campeón mundial José “Carita” López el pasado 27 de septiembre, se encuentra clasificado número nueve por la OMB en el peso supermosca.

“Estamos en Navidades, pero para nosotros no hay Navidades, ya que estamos entrenando duro para estar listos para esta importante cartelera, que nos va a llevar a estar más cerca de pelear por un título mundial”, dijo McJoe.

También, el campeón mundial juvenil aficionado en 2008, Bomba González (11-0, 10 KOs) defenderá su título mundial juvenil de la OMB en el peso mosca ante un peleador por anunciarse. Bomba González está clasificado 12 por la OMB en las 112 libras y viene de ganar por la vía rápida sus cuatro combates este año.

“Yo estoy preparado para enfrentarme a cualquier boxeador clasificado y si es con (Brian) Viloria también estoy preparado”, le dijo Bomba González al presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel.

También estuvo presente en la conferencia de prensa Arnaldo Pérez, director de Programación de DIRECTV Puerto Rico, quien invitó a los fanáticos a esta nueva edición de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, que lleva ocho años presentándose.

“Estamos sumamente complacidos en poder arrancar Noche de Campeones DIRECTV en 2013 con esta gran cartelera a nuestros suscriptores” comentó Pérez. “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV ha sido sin duda, por los últimos 8 años, uno de nuestros contenidos más importantes y reconocidos y el volver a tener a Juanma López estelarizando este evento lo hace aún más especial”.  “El tener a Juanma con “Chelo”, McWilliams, McJoe y Bomba promete una cartelera sencillamente espectacular”, añadió.

Valcárcel, por su parte, resaltó la calidad de los contendores que estarán activos en la cartelera al mencionar que “todos y cada uno de ellos (López, Chelo González, Bomba González, McWilliams Arroyo y McJoe Arroyo) estarán disputando títulos mundiales más adelante este próximo año, así de importante es esta cartelera”.

El programa contará con otras cinco reyertas que serán anunciadas próximamente. La primera pelea de la noche comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. con la transmisión de televisión por DIRECTV “Pay Per View” iniciando a las 9:00 p.m.

Los boletos para esta edición de Noche de Campeones DIRECTV están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $60 Palcos, $100 Palcos Centro, $125 Ring Side y $250 Red Carpet.

Por Aleudi Rosario

Fotos José Pérez

Conferencia de prensa mañana: Regreso de Juanma Lopez, Chelo Gonzalez, hermanos Arroyo y Bomba Gonzalez

www.prbestboxing.net

Para Difusión Inmediata

19 de diciembre de 2012 

ALERTA * * ALERTA * * ALERTA * * ALERTA

QUÉ:             Conferencia de prensa para anunciar oficialmente el regreso del dos veces ex campeón mundial Juan Manuel “Juanma” López como parte de una nueva edición de la serie Noche de Campeones DIRECTV, que se efectuará en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón el sábado, 2 de febrero de 2013. El cartel contará además con peleas titulares de los contendores mundiales José “Chelo” González, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo y Jonathan “Bomba” González.

QUIÉNES:   Juan Manuel “Juanma” López (31-2, 28 KOs), dos veces ex campeón mundial; clasificado #5 en el peso pluma de la OMB

José “Chelo” González (21-0, 16 KOs), campeón ligero Latino OMB; clasificado #1 en el peso ligero de la OMB

McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), campeón mosca Latino OMB; clasificado #6 en el peso mosca de la OMB. McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), clasificado #9 en el peso supermosca de la OMB. Jonathan “Bomba” González (11-0, 10 KOs), campeón juvenil mosca de la OMB; clasificado #12 en el peso mosca de la OMB

Arnaldo Pérez, Director de Programación y Eventos Exclusivos de DIRECTV

Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, presidente de la OMB

CUÁNDO: Mañana, jueves, 20 de diciembre, a la 1:00 p.m.

DÓNDE:    Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico en Guaynabo.

Zanfer high on Salido

Zanfer Promotions president Fernando Beltran spoke about the triumph of his fighter, WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, after his spectacular KO victory over Juan Manuel Lopez last Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “We’re excited by his victory, very proud of the way he fought and for giving a great fight,” said Beltran. He points out that Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs), had no amateur fights and started his career at the age of 15, losing his first pro fight and acquiring quite a few other “L”s as he got his education in the ring against bigger and stronger opponents. However, Zanfer detected the quality of Salido and in the last ten years, “Siri” has only lost three close world title fights. “Orlando is admirable,” said Beltran. “His heart and his hunger for victory is impressive. He’s a warrior and we’re proud to have him in our stable. He’s a world champion who has earned it the hard way to be among the elite. And the best is yet to come. If all goes well in 2012, he’ll rise to super featherweight in 2013.”

 

By Gabriel F. Cordero

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/zanfer-high-on-salido-110289

Salido Eyes Marquez, Gonzalez, Ponce and Gamboa Too

Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez treated fans not only to a great fight, but also added another chapter to the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry when they fought this past Saturday on Showtime in Puerto Rico. Salido who is fresh off arguably the biggest victory of his career, appeared on Boxingscene’s official audio show The Boxing Lab to talk about the thrilling affair.

After their first fight Lopez claimed he did not train properly and had personal issues that served as distractions leading up to their showdown. While it was a great victory for Salido there were still those who felt maybe it was a fluke or he simply caught Lopez at the right time. After winning the rematch in the same dominating fashion, Salido feels there shouldn’t be anymore questions regarding his wins.

“This victory confirms the first victory on April 16th. Both of them have been by knockout and there has been no controversy. I believe everyone should give me the credit I deserve” stated Salido.

In the early rounds of their rematch we saw Lopez try a few different things we didn’t see in the first fight as he boxed more and tried not to engage Salido as much. But it was only a matter of time before he went back into the trenches and fought fire with fire. While they once again provided us with an action packed fight, Orlando did notice some adjustments from Lopez.

“I felt he was strong, more intelligent. He moved around and boxed a little. But we started working him to the body to take away his legs so he could stop moving and fight” explained the WBO Featherweight champion.

And that’s exactly what they did; fight.

With two big wins under his belt, Salido has plenty of options in deciding who he should fight next. When he was asked which opponent he’d prefer to fight now, he had a list of guys he’d consider opponents.

“There are talks of Rafael Marquez, Ponde De Leon, Jhonny Gonzalez; a lot of fighters. They are good opponents for me and I can make good fights with them” said Orlando.

The road to where Salido is now has not been an easy one. He turned professional at the age of 15 and often fought in fights against bigger and older opponents. He did it to provide for his family and while it took some time and sacrifice, Salido is now where he wants to be.

“I feel very happy to be able to accomplish this. It’s a great triumph. My career has had highs and lows because I didn’t always have the support when I fought. There were fights I took without any training and that’s why I lost them. But I’m at the best moment of my career right now”.

The Mexican fighter’s last loss occured in September of 2010, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Yuriorkis Gamboa. Salido hit the canvas twice and Gamboa once in that fight. The undefeated Cuban has since moved up to 135 pounds although his status is in limbo since he pulled out of his fight against Brandon Rios. Salido said that he would like a shot at revenge should the Olympic gold medalist decide to move back down to featherweight.

“I would like to get a shot at Gamboa again. I would like a chance to get that win but he’s at 135 now. If he ever wants to come back down to 126 I would like to fight him again for sure,” revealed Salido.

 

By Ryan Burton

http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=50601

OMB Exige a Juanma López Mostrar Causa Por La Que No Deba Ser Suspendido Por Comportamiento Antideportivo

12MAR12 Solicitud para mostrar causa de Juan Manuel López

 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO-  El ex doble campeón mundial Juan Manuel “Juanma” López deberá mostrar causa por la que no deba ser suspendido por un año de toda actividad con la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) tras sus comentarios contra el árbitro Roberto Ramírez Sr. después de su derrota el pasado sábado, en su revancha ante el mexicano Orlando Salido, actual monarca pluma de la OMB.

El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, anunció que en una votación del Comité Ejecutivo de la OMB se aprobó una resolución que indica que López debe  “mostrar causa por la cual no deba ser suspendido por un año, ni aparecer en las clasificaciones de la OMB o combatir por cualquier título regional o mundial de la OMB”.

López (31-2, 28 KOs) cayó vía nocaut técnico por segunda ocasión ante Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs), esta vez en el décimo asalto, cuando luego de visitar la lona el árbitro puertorriqueño Ramírez Sr. le estaba contando y al ver el mal estado del peleador boricua detuvo las hostilidades a los :32 segundos del round. Esto provocó una sorpresiva reacción de Juanma haciendo comentarios fuertes en la televisión en contra de Ramírez, lo que desembocó en la votación y resolución de la OMB.

López, que reinó en las 122 y 126 libras por la OMB, era el clasificado número uno de la OMB en el peso pluma antes de su segunda reyerta frente a Salido.

Photos: Orlando Salido knocks out Juan Manuel Lopez in the Tenth Round

WBO Featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido won the rematch this past Saturday against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez by technical knockout in the tenth round. After knocking Lopez down early in the tenth round, referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. stop the fight when Lopez struggled to get up. In an action-packed fight, Salido was able to overcome a knockdown in the fifth round and continue to pressure Lopez until knocked Lopez out with a couple of uppercuts in the tenth.