Lomachenko: I Was Preparing For Salido, But Ready For Marriaga

By Miguel Rivera

WBO Junior Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko mentioned that he was fully preparing to face Mexico’s Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido in a long awaited rematch on August 5, but then he was advised that Salido was out – and Colombian Miguel Marriaga was placed in the contest.

Vasyl was eager to avenge the only loss of his pro career to Salido, and an economic agreement had been reached but an injury to Salido’s hand prevented the deal from being finalized, and then Marriaga, who comes back from a solid fight against WBO 126-pound champion Oscar Valdez, was thrown in the mix.

“It really has not changed anything in my preparation, I was preparing for Salido but the opponent was changed. You have to be ready for the opponent they put in front of you and you have to give a good fight,” said Lomachenko to ESPN Deportes.

During the announcement of the card, Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO’s) showed respect for Marriaga (25-2, 21 KO’s), who did the same, and promoter Bob Arum stressed that fights like this, and the one earlier this month with Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn.

“Boxing has been one of the major sports for many years, in the 1970s and 1980s, boxing was an essential sport not only in the United States but throughout the world. We’re working with ESPN to showcase these fighters and help boxing recover that top spot,”Arum said of the deal he had made with ESPN.

“We saw on July 1, Pacquiao-Horn’s ESPN broadcast had a tremendous audience, and Lomachenko and Marriaga, (Raymundo) Beltran and (Bryan) Vasquez will offer tremendous action to the public throughout the United States and the world, we are very proud to be part of this tremendous event.”

Finally, Marriaga expressed that he is not interested in the fact that Lomachenko is favorite. ”

It is normal that suddenly he is the favorite, he is the champion, but we are prepared, we come to fight, we’re coming to stage a war and God allows everything to go well,” he said.

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Se distancia Rocky-Salido 3, OMB valida subasta a Miguel Berchelt

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El tercer duelo entre el campeón junior ligero puertorriqueño Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez y el mexicano Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido se ha distanciado.

El presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, dijo el martes que la empresa Promociones Zanfer, propiedad del promotor mexicano Fernando Beltrán, adquirió los derechos para presentar la defensa mandatoria entre Martínez y el primer clasificado Miguel ‘El Alacrán’ Berchelt durante una subasta realizada en Nueva York y donde la que la otra compañía envuelta fue All Star Boxing, propiedad de Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala.

Zanfer ganó la puja con monto de $251 mil, mientras que Zabala había ofrecido $201,500.00. El mínimo de la subasta era de $150 mil y en ella no participó la compañía Puerto Rico Best Boxing, empresa que representa los intereses de ‘Rocky’ Martínez, un peleador ligado al súper manejador Al Haymon.

Precisamente la PRBB no tardó en impugnar ante la Comisión de Quejas y Agravios de la OMB la subasta realizada, basando su protesta en que Berchelt no se ha enfrentado aún a peleadores clasificados por la OMB en las 130 libras.

“Nosotros no participamos en la subasta y protestamos la misma ya que según el reglamento de la OMB, Berchelt tenía que haber peleado con algún clasificado para tener el combate obligatorio y no ha sido así. Pero como quiera la OMB realizó la subasta y ganó Promociones Zanfer, que representa a Berchelt”, expresó Peter Rivera, vicepresidente de PRBB.

Rivera ha dicho en varias ocasiones que se ha mantenido negociando con el grupo de Salido para hacer realidad el combate que hace unos días mencionó tendría lugar el 12 de marzo en Puerto Rico.

Pero Valcárcel dijo enfáticamente que el tiempo de negociación de Martínez y Salido ya había expirado, razón por la que ordenó la subasta.

“Ya eso es historia”, aseguro Valcárcel.

“La subasta se hizo y ‘Rocky’ tendrá que enfrentar a Berchelt. Ellos (PRBB) querían que se detuviera la subasta porque Berchelt no cumplía con los requisitos. Pero aquí el problemas es que aprobamos en nuestra convención una tercera entre ‘Rocky’ y Salido para 90 días luego de la última pelea. También determinamos que Berchelt sería el mandatorio. Ellos (Martínez y PRBB) dicen que estaban listos pero ninguna de las partes tenía contrato y la televisión tiene que producir algo. Están hablando desde el 12 de septiembre pero nunca se pusieron de acuerdo, no cumplieron con el tiempo límite, y ahora todo se remite a que ‘Rocky’ y Berchelt deberán enfrentarse en un término entre 45 a 90 días. La pelea puede ser México, Mérida o en Las Vegas. También tienen diez días para firmarlo”, agregó el líder de la OMB.

El manejador de Salido, Sean Gibbons, lamentó que el pleito no haya podido concretarse, aunque no descartó en un futuro buscar un nuevo duelo entre ambos fajadores, además de que representa un atractivo espectáculo deportivo dentro de la rivalidad boxística entre México y Puerto Rico.

“No se hará la pelea, aun cuando decidimos que pelearíamos en Puerto Rico. Lo aceptamos todo. Pero las cosas no se pueden hacer si no hay dinero”, comentó sin ofrecer más detalles sobre las causas reales que imposibilitaron el pleito.

Según se supo, a Rivera se le pidió alegadamente una certificación de la empresa Showtime que evidenciara la fecha separada del 12 de marzo así como una certificación de la Comisión de Boxeo de Puerto Rico en donde garantizara que los oficiales que estarían a cargo del pleito serían designados exclusivamente por la OMB. Supuestamente, ninguno de estos documentos fueron entregados.

Rivera por su parte fue enfático que sus negociaciones con la gente de Salido estuvieron vivas en todo momento. “Nunca hemos dejado de negociar con la gente de Salido y estamos casi listos para hacer oficial esta gran pelea entre Rocky y Salido. Había ciertas cosas en las que teníamos que ponernos de acuerdo y se consiguieron para celebrarla el 12 de marzo”, apuntó.

Valcárcel declaró que la Comisión de Quejas y Agravios decidirá en los próximos días si la apelación de Rivera cambiará el curso de las cosas.

Martínez y Salido se han enfrentado en dos ocasiones. En la primera celebrada en Puerto Rico, Martínez se impuso por decisión unánime y en la segunda, celebrada en septiembre en Las Vegas, concluyó en un empate mayoritario.

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WBO clears way for Martinez-Salido III

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During their annual convention in Orlando, Florida this week the World Boxing Organization approved a third fight between their featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and former two-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. Martinez and Salido fought twice in 2015 with Martinez winning a close decision at home in Puerto Rico in april and the second time this past September in Las Vegas their action packed rematch was declared a draw.

Both fights will be candidates for fight of the year and both men earned a third battle to settle who really deserves the belt. In their first battle, Martinez knocked down Salido twice in a route to a unanimous decision victory and in the second fight Salido seemingly dominated the fight was only awarded a draw in a fight that many felt he had won.

“There is no doubt in my mind that I won the second fight, but the judges didn’t see that way. So I think the only right thing to do is fight a third time to determine who really is the best of the two,” said Salido who was in Orlando, Florida along with Martinez.

A third fight is been negotiated for the early part of 2016.

“We feel that he should have gotten the win, but it did not happen that way in September. I’m happy that everyone is working on getting this third fight done, especially the champ and his team and that the WBO is good with it. I know we’ll get it done and it’s going to be another great war,” said Sean Gibbons, Salido’s manager.

The Martinez-Salido rivalry is already being compared to others great rivalry’s in boxing like Israel Vazquez-Rafael Martez and Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward.

“It seems that we are made for each other and the fights are getting better. The first one was good, the second was better and the third will be the best,” said Salido.

And of course it’s Mexico vs Puerto Rico, and in boxing there is nothing better.

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Martinez-Salido ends in draw

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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside- 

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In the best fight of the night, WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) retained his title with a controversial twelve round draw against four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-3, 29 KOs). The bout was a rematch of their fight of the year candidate fight from earlier this year, won by Martinez. This fight was even better.

Salido came out aggressively, applying intense pressure to Martinez. Salido dropped Martinez in round three, then Martinez floored Salido in the same round. As the bout progressed, Salido’s pressure was relentless. In the late rounds, Salido’s bodywork had paid dividends as Martinez’ movement was greatly curtailed. It was a war until the final bell. Scores were 115-113 Martinez, 115-113 Salido, 114-114 , despite the fact that Salido outworked and outlanded Martinez by a significant margin.

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Roman Martinez to bring war to Orlando Salido

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By Dan Ambrose: WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) plans on taking the fight to #3 WBO challenger Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) this Saturday night in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Martinez, 32, had a great deal of success in slugging with the 34-year-old Salido in their fight last April in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109.

Martinez knocked Salido down in the 3rd and 5th rounds. Salido also had a point deducted for throwing a low blow in the 11th. Without the knockdowns and the point deduction, Martinez would have clearly lost the fight. He definitely struggled in many of the rounds from the pressure from Salido, but the knockdowns saved his hide.

“Everyone saw that the first fight against Salido was a true war. This time around, I’m planning to give my fans the same type of fight,” Martinez said, via ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. “I predict a nonstop action slugfest.”

It’s definitely in Martinez’s best interest to try and turn the fight into a war from the 1st round on, because if he can get another knockdown or two in the first six rounds of the contest, it might be enough for him to cruise the rest of the way.

Salido is a slow starter, and that’s when Martinez has the chance to drop him and build a commanding lead that puts him well behind. Salido is good at rallying from behind, but not when he’s as far behind as he was against Martinez last April. That was simply too far behind for him to be able to come back from.

Salido needs to be cautious in the first five rounds of the contest by keeping his chin tucked, and not taking too many chances. Martinez will be looking to take advantage of every mistake Salido makes in this fight. Martinez is definitely not unbeatable, as we saw in his losses to Mikey Garcia and Ricky Burns in the past.

Martinez looked very flawed in those fights. He had both of them down early in the fights, but once they got up off the canvas, they were able to dominate the action to get the victories. Salido just needs to make certain that he doesn’t get knocked down in the first six rounds because the last thing he needs to do is give Martinez a big lead the second time around.

“I am very happy we are fighting in a neutral territory for our rematch, not in Puerto Rico again,” Salido said. “I was very prepared for the first fight but the referee wouldn’t let me fight my fight. It seemed the referee was talking to me the whole 12 rounds. I was trying to focus only on my opponent, but I couldn’t.”

A loss here for Salido would be his third defeat in his last six fights, and it would be a sure fire sign that he might need to hang up his gloves. Salido can’t afford another loss at this point.

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Rocky Martinez gets his new WBO Belt

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Roman “Rocky” Martinez got this morning his new World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt, who won by defeating Orlando “Siri” Salido at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot recently.

Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) received his new title from the WBO president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in an activity that took place at the Capitol of Puerto Rico through the Representative Angel “Gary” Rodriguez.

“I am very grateful with PR Best Boxing Promotions and the WBO for this opportunity. I did the work and I won the title for the third time,” Martinez said. ” Thanks also to the Representative (Rodríguez) for this recognition here in the House of Representatives.” 

Martínez became 130-pound WBO monarch for the time after he won an unanimous decision over Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) in an exciting bout last April 11. The boxer was previously crowned as WBO junior lightweight champion when he beat British Nicky Cook by TKO on March 14, 2009, and then on September 15, 2012, by winning a split decision over Miguel Beltran Jr.
Also in the activity were Martinez’s family, his trainer Raul Torres, Peter and Ivan Rivera of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), and from the WBO, Adolfo Flores Monge and Jose Izquierdo.

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‘Rocky’ Martínez destrona a Salido

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El boricua se convirtió por tercera ocasión en campeón de las 130 libras.

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SAN JUAN – El boricua Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez conquistó el sábado por tercera ocasión en su carrera el cetro de las 130 libras de la Organización Mundial Boxeo (OMB), al vencer por decisión unánime el entonces titular mexicano Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido en un combate lleno de acción desde su asalto de apertura celebrado en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico, José Miguel Agrelot.

Los jueces Rocky Young (115-110), José Roberto Torres (114-111) y Levi Martínez (116-109), vieron ganar a Martínez, quien de paso puso freno a una seguidilla de cinco victorias sin derrotas de Salido sobre peleadores puertorriqueños.

Salido fue sacado de la principal arena de Puerto Rico y llevado al Centro Médico de San Juan.

“Súper contento y prometí que venía a hacer historia”, expresó Martínez tras la victoria. “Esto es para Puerto Rico. Sabía que Salido era un guerrero. Lo había dicho desde el principio pero hicimos el trabajo”, agregó.

El ex campeón Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López, quien fue vencido en dos ocasiones por Salido, estuvo en primera fila para presenciar el triunfo de Martínez.

‘Siri’ Salido lanzó temprano su primer volado de derecha siendo esquivado de inmediato por Martínez quien ripostó con una combinación lenta de dos golpes al cuerpo en el asalto de apertura.

El campeón buscó trabajar al cuerpo del boricua en esta primera parte

En el segundo, Salido salió como un bólido a intercambiar cuerpo a cuerpo con Martínez con una enorme presión que le dificultó el trabajo al local.

Martínez llevó a Salido a las cuerdas para tratar de tomar control del combate y frenar al experimentado campeón mexicano.

El puertorriqueño invitó al intercambio a Salido en el inicio del tercero, pero Salido le ripostaba con golpes al cuerpo que lo obligaban a retroceder. Martínez lastimó a Salido con una recta de derecha, pero el ‘Siri’ recuperó la marcha.

El boricua le provocó la primera caída a Salido segundos más tarde con un sólido recto de derecha que obligó el primer conteo del referí José Hiram Rivera.

Salido fue amonestado por el árbitro el comienzo del cuarto asalto por lanzar golpes bajos.

La veteranía del peleador de Ciudad Obregón le volvía a dificultar las cosas al puertorriqueño en esta parte. Salido buscó el intercambio corto con Martínez y éste aceptó sin reparos.

En el quinto, Martínez trató de evitar las embestidas clásicas de Salido y lo empezó a trabajarlo a la distancia. Una combinación del boricua tira a la lona a Salido que una vez de pie retoma el intercambio es salvado por la campana.

Ambos púgiles lucen cansados. Especialmente Salido que también está visiblemente lastimado.

Aún así, el ‘Siri’ buscó intercambiar metralla con el isleño y presionó en el sexto.

Martínez acusó haber sido lastimado por Salido en esta parte, pero logró capear el temporal del azteca.

En el séptimo, Salido abrió tirando ‘uppers’ y ganchos de izquierda. Martínez se quejó en varias ocasiones de golpes bajos y cabezazos del mexicano.

Martínez y Salido se enfrascaron en otro gran intercambio al cierre del asalto que dejó el monarca del mundo muy cansado de cara al octavo.

Salido entró a darlo todo. Se planteó como el agresor en éste asalto y al final lo atacó con una combinación de rectos que frenaron al campeón.

En el noveno, Martínez se amarró a Salido para detener su ataque. Pero nuevamente el ‘Siri’ presionó a sus anchas evitando una pelea a la corta y mediana distancia. Un recto de izquierda de Martínez llevó a las cuerdas a Salido. Martínez no detuvo la ofensiva de Salido en la apertura del décimo y eso permitió que el asalto fuera uno brutal durante los tres minutos de duración.

En el undécimo, finalmente, Salido fue amonestado con un punto por lanzar golpes bajos, algo que venía haciendo desde temprano en el combate.

El mexicano cerró sólido el penúltimo asalto y dominó al boricua.

En el duodécimo, Salido salió evidentemente a buscar el nocaut en un combate en el que estaba abajo por un posible mínimo de dos puntos.

Pero Martínez respondió eficazmente con ganchos de izquierda que hicieron retroceder al mexicano, para así finalmente cerrar con la victoria y poner freno a la racha de Salido sobre peleadores boricuas. “Fui campeón me caí y me levanté”, dijo Martínez. ” Y dije que me iba a volver a convertir en campeón y lo logré. Que esto sirva de ejemplo para la juventud”, agregó el boricua que mejoró su marca a 29-2-2 y 17 nocauts.

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Mikey moving to 140; Salido new WBO champ

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WBO President Paco Valcarcel has announced that WBO interim jr lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will now be the full WBO 130lb titleholder. Valcarcel also announced that current champion Mikey Garcia is now moving up to the 140lb division. Garcia has been out of the ring since January due to a promotional dispute.

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Photos: Lomachenko Putting in Work For Salido Shot

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SAN ANTONIO — Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year VASYL LOMACHENKO (1-0, 1 KO), is in a hurry to make his mark, and in only his second professional fight, he will be challenging three-time world featherweight champion ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO for Salido’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title.  The Salido-Lomachenko world championship fight will be televised live from the Alamodome, Saturday, March 1, on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also feature the eagerly-anticipated 12-round rematch between former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR. and Top-Five contender and two-fisted Texan BRYAN VERA.

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“It has been a long, hard ride to get to this world title fight,” said Lomachenko.  “I may have only one professional fight on my resume but I have been boxing all my life,  dreaming that one day I would be fighting the best fighters. And now I am fighting a world champion who is one of the best in featherweight division. Salido is a very good veteran fighter and he has been in the ring with toughest opponents.  He puts a lot of pressure on you inside the ring and he comes to fight.  Defeating this kind of fighter would mean a lot to me. It would also add my name to boxing history and get me one step closer to joining the sport’s all-time best. Thank you to Top Rank and a special thank you to Bob Arum for making this fight happen — for making my dream come true. Tune into HBO World Championship Boxing on March 1st.  You will remember the Alamodome that night.”

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Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, completed a hat trick last year by winning a world featherweight  title for the third time.  He captured the vacant WBO featherweight title by knocking out No. 1 contender Orlando Cruz in the seventh round of their September 12, 2013 fight.  Salido captured his first world title in his third attempt.  After a No Decision to Robert Guerrero in 2006 and a split decision loss to Cristobal Cruz in 2008, Salido finally captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title in 2010, avenging his loss to Cruz by winning a split decision.  His title reign was short-lived, losing a unification fight to World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa later that same year.  Salido bounced back in a big way, stopping undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in the eighth round in 2011 to capture his second world championship crown.  Salido successfully defended that title twice, knocking out Kenichi Yamaguchi and Lopez in a rematch during his two-year reign, before losing it to Mikey Garcia last January. He enters this title defense having won six of his last seven fights by knockout.

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Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko jumped into the deep end of boxing’s international-sized swimming pool when he made his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against the WBO’s No. 7-rated  featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez last September 12.  It didn’t take Lomachenko long to take to the water.  He knocked out Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round to become the new WBO International featherweight champion.  He ended the year as the WBO’s No. 5 world-rated featherweight contender as well as being proclaimed the 2013 “Prospect of the Year” by the majority of the major boxing media.  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.  Known for his all-out aggressive style of boxing, Lomachenko is equally aggressive in plotting his professional boxing plan to a world title where he insisted on making his pro debut in a 10-round bout against a seasoned Top-10 rated contender where a victory could propel him to a world title shot in his next fight.

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Salido muestra armas para Lomechenko

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El campeón mundial pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el mexicano Orlando “Siri” Salido, realizó un entrenamiento para los medios de comunicación en su natal Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, para su pelea del próximo 1 de marzo en San Antonio, Texas, ante el ex campeón olímpico ucraniano Vasyl Lomechenko.

OrlandoSalido-EntrenaPZ2Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs) mostró una gran preparación física, mucha rapidez y explosividad, previo a su choque con Lomechenko (1-0).”Estamos en la recta final de la etapa fuerte de la preparación. Hemos estado entrenando desde principios de diciembre. Vamos ante un retador joven con mucha hambre, pero saldré adelante como siempre. No dudo que será una gran pelea. Yo daré todo en el ring. Pero el título se regresará a México”, expresó Salido a los representantes de la prensa que asistieron a día de medios.

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Salido-Lomechenko es el combate de respaldo de la gran función de Top Rank y Zanfer que encabeza la pelea de revancha entre el mexicano Julio César Chávez Jr. (47-1-1-1 sd, 32 KOs) y el estadounidense Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) en peso supermediano a diez rounds, y que transmitirá HBO para Estados Unidos, y en México por Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo.

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“Me preparé por un mes en Phoenix, luego en Nogales y cerraremos el tercer mes en Obregón. Llegaremos con una gran condición física y mucha rapidez. Del peso no habrá ningún problema. Estamos en tiempo y forma. Hemos estudiado a Vasyl y es un rival con todo el estilo amateur, rápido, de muchos golpes. Para eso nos preparamos y ganaremos”, aseguró el cajemense, quien es representado por el estadounidense Sean Gibbons.OrlandoSalido-CintoOMBPZ2

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Salido: Lets See Lomachenko Face a True Featherweight

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Orlando “Siri” Salido was back in vintage form Saturday night as he outworked and dominated Orlando Cruz to recapture the WBO Featherweight championship belt. It’s the same title he lost in January to Mikey Garcia as Salido’s performance against Cruz was night and day compared to how he fared with Garcia.

Now that Salido is once again a champion, he has some great opportunities waiting for him. BoxingScene caught up with Salido and asked who he’d like to face next.

“I want to face the best fighters. Whoever is there. There’s [Nonito] Donaire, there’s the Olympian [Vasyl] Lomachenko. There are various names” Salido would tell BoxingScene.

Two time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko made his professional debut on the same card as Salido and there are already plans to match both men up for their next fight. Lomachenko is definitely on a fast track as facing a 54 fight veteran champion like Salido is a drastic step up for him in his 2nd professional fight even if he does have one of the most impressive amateur careers.

“I thought [Lomachenko] looked good. He moved but he was fighting a much smaller fighter. We have to see how it looks when he faces a true Featherweight like [myself]” said Salido. “He has a very good amateur career. Olympics, world championships and they say he deserves [a fight with me]. So if he deserves it, we’re here ready for him”.

Another fight that is still on Salido’s mind is a rematch with Mikey Garcia who soundly defeated him in their contest. Salido feels he wasn’t in the right state of mind for that fight and if he got a chance to rectify that loss, he’d take it in a heartbeat.

“The last fight I had some problems and I wasn’t fully focused on what I had to do in the ring. I went in there just to get hit and tonight was different. This time we had a positive mentality to win and to do my job and to look good. I still have that torn in my side and if I get a chance to fight [Garcia] again, then bring it on” said the WBO Featherweight champion.

It was also recently reported by BoxingScene that Gary Russell Jr has been designated as the mandatory challenger for Salido’s title so he immediately gets put in the mix as well. Per the WBO, Russell must be given a title shot within the next 180 days.

Looks like Salido and his team have their work cut out for them as they decide who they will face next.

http://www.boxingscene.com/salido-lets-see-lomachenko-face-true-featherweight–70664

Salido fulmina a Cruz en Las Vegas

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En la pelea principal del respaldo del Bradley-Márquez, este sábado por la noche, en la Arena Thomas and Mack center, de Las Vegas, Nevada, el mexicano Orlando “Siri” Salido, vuelve conquistar el título mundial pluma de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), al vencer, por nocaut técnico en el séptimo asalto, al contendor puertorriqueño, Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz.

Salido salió en el primero lento, inusualmente cauteloso. El zurdo Cruz trato de mantener la pelea a media distancia, conectando su jab de derecha. El réferi Kenny Bayles advirtió a Salido de golpes bajos.

El mexicano comenzó a ejercer presión en el segundo, tratando de acortar distancia y forzar al boricua contra las cuerdas. Cruz fue escurridizo, conectando buenas combinaciones a la cabeza, detrás de su jab de derecha, como medida. El réferi Bayles volvió a advertir a Salido de goles bajos.

Soltando las manos en el tercero, Salido logro conectar duro al cuerpo y a la cabeza, al mantener al boricua con su espalda a las cuerdas. Cruz conectaba en el centro, aprovechando las embestidas abiertas del mexicano.

En el cuarto, Cruz dominada la acción, cada vez que peleaba en el centro del ring, a media distancia. Salido aventajaba cada vez que cortaba los ángulos de ataque del boricua y lo obligaba a pelear hacia atrás.

El boricua continuaba tratando de mantenerse en el centro del ring en el quinto, evitando el contragolpe al caminar hacia atrás y marcando con el jab de derecha. Salido ejercía mayor presión, intercambiando con franqueza.

Cruz dejo de caminar el ring en el sexto, entregándose a la pela de Salido, quien conectaba fuertemente adentro. Cruz ofrecía, cada vez, menos ofensiva y lucia visiblemente cansado, con la boca abierta.

Para el séptimo, más de lo mismo, Cruz abandonaba el boxeo en el centro y el mexicano acortaba distancia, conectando peligrosamente al boricua, quien se entregaba y protegía, sin contestar. Salido, con total control, jalo el gatillo, conectando un ¡voladote! de derecha a la testa, cerca de una esquina neutral, dejando a Cruz desparramado en la lona, mientras que Bayles detenía las gestiones.

“Cruz es fuerte y pega duro, pero tuve que pelear con presión e inteligencia. Estoy de vuelta,” dijo Salido después de la pelea.

Salido conquista el cetro vacante pluma de la OMB, logrando ser campeón por tercera vez en la misma división y mejorando su record a 40-12-2 y 28 KOs. Cruz quedo con marca de 20-3-1 y 10 KOs.

http://www.notifight.com/artman2/publish/Resultado_2/Salido_fulmina_a_Cruz_en_Las_Vegas.php

Orlando Salido Wants Rematch With Mikey Garcia at 130

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By Ryan Burton –

BoxingScene.com recently spoke to former featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido.  The Sonora, Mexico native is just days away from facing Orlando Cruz for the vacant WBO featherweight title.  Salido said that he had a great camp and is looking forward to returning to the ring.

“We had a great training camp.  I had to really work on my legs in camp.  I am not getting any younger and I have been through some difficult fights so I wanted to make sure I was ready.  My legs are ready to go and I feel great,” Salido explained.

Salido last fought in January when he lost a technical decision to Mikey Garcia. Salido was knocked down four times but was having his best round when the fight was stopped when Garcia’s nose was broken by an accidental headbutt.  After the fight Salido said that he planned on testing the waters at 130 pounds but said that this opportunity was too good to pass up.

“I wanted to move up to 130 but when this opportunity to fight for another title at 126 came up it was just to good to pass up.  If everything goes well we will move up after this fight,” Salido said.

The 32-year-old Salido feels like he has unfinished business with Garcia and would like to face him again in the future.  Garcia will make his debut in the super featherweight division when he faces Rocky Martinez for his WBO title on November 9th.

“I definitely want a rematch.  It has been on my mind.  Things like that (headbutts) happen in fights.  They are accidents.  I would definitely like to face him again at 130 pounds,” Salido told BoxingScene.com.

http://www.boxingscene.com/orlando-salido-wants-rematch-with-mikey-garcia-130–70424

Orlando Cruz NYC Media Day

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WBO #1 featherweight Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) makes his first stop on today’s New York City media day tour La Mega radio station. Boxing’s first openly gay fighter also has a workout scheduled for the Mendez Boxing Gym. Cruz, a member of Puerto Rico’s 2000 Olympic team, is in his final weeks of intense training for his first world title shot against former two-time featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title on the October 12 Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Márquez WBO welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard in Las Vegas.

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http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/orlando-cruz-nyc-media-day-227142

 

Salido por el cetro mundial pluma; respaldo a Marquez-Bradley

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada.-La función que encabezarán el campeón de peso welter (OMB) Timothy Bradley Jr., y el cuatro veces campeón del mundo el mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez, tendrá un respaldo de lujo el próximo sábado 12 de octubre en el Thomas & Mack Center de esta ciudad y será televisado por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento.

Promueven Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer, Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing y Cerveza Tecate. Márquez buscará su quinto título mundial en distintas divisiones, el de las 147 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo.

EL RESPALDO

En el respaldo el clasificado número uno Orlando Cruz, se enfrentará al dos veces campeón del mundo Orlando “Siri” Salido, por el cetro pluma de la OMB vacante.

Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), quien representó a Puerto Rico en los Juegos Olímpicos del año 2000, ha ganado tres de sus últimas cuatro peleas por nocaut y no conoce derrota en más de dos años. Es el monarca Latino de la OMB en peso pluma.

Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) de Ciudad Obregón, reinó como monarca de la OMB en pluma por casi dos años y también fue monarca pluma de la FIB al vencer a Cristóbal Cruz en el 2008. Salido conquistó el cetro pluma de la OMB en el 2011 al noquear al entonces invicto “Juanma” López en una de las mejores peleas del año. Salido hizo dos defensas exitosas de su corona. Salido ha ganado cinco de sus últimas seis peleas por nocaut, su única derrota la sufrió el pasado enero cuando cayó ante Miguel Angel García y perdió su corona. García perdió el cetro en la báscula en junio pasado y por eso está el trono vacante.

El ganador de dos medallas de oro en Juegos Olímpicos, el ucraniano Vasyl Lomachenko, hará su debut profesional a 10 asaltos contra el clasificado mexicano José Luis Ramírez. Lomachenko conquistó medallas de oro en los JO de Pekín y Londres, primero como pluma y luego como ligero.

Ramírez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) de Mexicali, ha ganado seis de sus últimas siete peleas y viene de derrotar por puntos al Filipino Rey Bautista (34-2, 25 KOs) el pasado abril para ganar la corona pluma Internacional de la OMB y el actualmente el séptimo clasificado de la OMB en pluma.

http://www.oem.com.mx/esto/notas/n3128108.htm

Salido working hard to take back the title

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Former World Featherweight Champion Orlando “Siri” Salido is training hard in the intense summer heat at Arena Osuna Boxing Gym in his native Ciudad Obregon, Mexico Salido is preparing for battle against Puerto Rican Olympian and top contender, Orlando Cruz, on October 12th at The Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The pair will be fighting for the Vacant WBO World Featherweight Title and are the semi final to legendary Juan Manuel Marquez who will be facing Timothy Bradley for the welterweight title in the main attraction.

“I am ready and as positive as I have ever been,” said Salido. “I want my title back.” He is in camp with trainer Santos Moreno and manager Sean Gibbons.

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http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/salido-working-hard-to-take-back-the-title-226648

Just 25 Days Til Marquez-Bradley Bout

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LAS VEGAS, NEV. (September 17, 2013) — It’s just 25 days until undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon JUAN MANUEL “Dinamita” MÁRQUEZ, both coming off Fight of the Year performances, collide in a battle for Bradley’s world title. The only two fighters to have defeated Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in the past seven years, Bradley vs. Márquez will take place Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing,Wynn Las Vegas, Márquez Boxing, and Tecate, the Bradley vs. Márquez pay-per-view undercard is just as steeped in excitement and historical significance as the main event.

No. 1 contender ORLANDO CRUZ, boxing’s first openly gay fighter, will clash with former two-time featherweight champion ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO for the vacant WBO featherweight title. For Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a member of Puerto Rico’s 2000 Olympic team, this will be his first world title shot. Half of Cruz’s professional victories have been by knockout, including three of his last four fights — all for the WBO Latino featherweight belt — propelling him to the top of the WBO ratings. He enters this title tilt riding a two-year winning streak, highlighted by a first-round knockout of previously undefeated Michael Franco. Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, will be looking to complete a hat trick in regaining the title he previously held for nearly two years. He captured his first world title in his third attempt. After a No Decision to Robert Guerrero in 2006 and a split decision loss to Cristobal Cruz in 2008, Salido finally captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title in 2010, avenging his loss to Cruz by winning a split decision. His title reign was short-lived, losing a unification fight to World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa later that same year. Salido bounced back in a big way, stopping undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in the eighth round in 2011 to capture his second world championship crown. Salido enters this fight having won five of his last six fights by knockout, including title defenses against Kenichi Yamaguchi in 2011 and a rematch with Lopez in 2012. He lost the title in January, by decision, to Mikey Garcia. He is currently world-rated No. 3 by the WBO.

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL “The Great” LOMACHENKO will jump into the deep end of boxing’s international-sized swimming pool when he makes his professional debut in a 10-round featherweight bout against top-10 contender JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ. Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and lightweight, respectively. Known for his all-out aggressive style of boxing, Lomachenko is equally aggressive in plotting his professional boxing plan to a world title where he insisted on making his pro debut in a 10-round bout against a seasoned veteran where a victory could propel him to a Top-10 world rating. He certainly has that in Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs), of Méxicali, Baja California,México, who has won six of his last seven fights. Ramirez enters this fight fresh from a career-best victory, a 12-round decision over Rey Bautista (34-2, 25 KOs), in April. for the WBO International featherweight title, ending the No. 4-rated contender’s four-year winning streak. Ramirez is currently word-rated No. 7 by the WBO.

Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Americas light heavyweight champion “Irish” SEANIE MONAGHAN, one of the top boxing gate attractions in his native New York, will open up the live telecast in his pay-per-view debut. He captured the title on June 14, 2012, via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson and successfully defended it last October 24, winning a unanimous decision over Rayco Sanders. Known for his aggressive style and good punching power, especially to the body, Monaghan, 31, is currently world-rated No. 10 by the WBA. In last his fight, on April 13, he scored a first-round knockout of Dion Stanley on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire – Guillermo Rigondeaux world junior featherweight championship at Radio City Music Hall. Venturing outside the New York / New Jersey area for the first time, Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs), of Long Beach, NY, will risk his title, undefeated record and top-10 rating against ANTHONY CAPUTO-SMITH. Smith (14-1, 10 KOs), of Kenneth Square, Pa., captured the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight title on April 19, winning a gritty majority decision over Dhafir Smith.

Remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Márquez welterweight championship event, priced at $800, $600, $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at UNLVtickets.com, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas Concierge, or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267).

http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/tss-press-releases/17242-just-25-days-til-marquez-bradley-bout

Orlando Cruz: Salido Had His Time, Now It’s My Time

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By Miguel Angel Cebreros –

On the 12th of October at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, two boxers will meet in a high stakes contest for the vacant world featherweight championship of the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Former three time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) of Mexico will face Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The card will be headlined by a welterweight fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cruz wants to become the first openly gay boxer to capture a world title.

“[Salido] already had his time and glory – now it is my time, I will be world champion, that’s what I’m working hard for. I will fight for the Latino people, for the Puerto Rican people living in Puerto Rico, and the Latin people living in the United States. This is a very good fight for me. I respect Salido, but I’m coming in there to win,” Cruz said.

http://www.boxingscene.com/orlando-cruz-salido-his-time-now-its-my-time–68290

 

Salido-Cruz set for WBO featherweight title clash

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Former WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) will face Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBO featherweight title formerly held by Mikey Garcia on October 12. The fight will take place on the PPV card headlined by WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley against Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The title became vacant when Mikey Garcia couldn’t make the weight and lost the belt on the scale. Salido formerly held the same title for nearly two years before losing it to Garcia in January. Former Olympian and WBO #1 rated Cruz made worldwide headlines last October when he announced that he “is a proud gay man.” A win over Salido would make Cruz is the first openly gay world champion in boxing history.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/salido-cruz-set-for-the-vacant-wbo-featherweight-belt-211644