Orlando Salido and Miguel Roman both predict a war…and victory!
On Saturday, Orlando Salido, 44-13-4 (31), will be one-half of the main event of an “HBO Boxing After Dark” tripleheader (10:20 p.m. ET/PT), at the Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, against rugged veteran Miguel Roman, 57-12 (44).
Salido was originally scheduled to meet WBC junior lightweight titlist Miguel Berchelt until an injury forced Berchelt to withdraw from the bout.
Salido has four world title belts in his trophy case, having won championships between featherweight and junior lightweight, and knows a strong showing against the always-engaging Roman will more than likely lead to a title shot in his next outing in 2018.
While Salido has a lot of miles on him in a career that has seen him wage epic battles with Francisco Vargas, Mikey Garcia, Terdsak Jandaeng, Juan Manuel Lopez, Roman “Rocky” Martinez and reigning WBO junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, the seemingly ageless Salido continues to come up with one exciting performance after another.
Salido was the guy who simply wasn’t supposed to still be here almost 22 years after turning pro in a career that started off with six losses in his first 15 fights. But hard work, underrated skills, an iron will and a lot of hard work have brought him to the verge of challenging for a fifth world title, if he can put in a strong showing against Roman.
In recent pre-fight interviews, both fighters made it clear that they believed their hands would be raised on fight night. They also both made it clear that they are guaranteeing a war, as styles make fights and their styles should lead to a lot of fireworks on Saturday.
“I am little disappointed that I am not fighting Berchelt for the WBC belt but injuries are part of boxing and these things happen all the time,” Salido said. “But a fight with Miguel Roman is a good fight and it should be an all-action, Mexican war between two guys that will fight from start to finish. I’m very happy that I will be in the main event in Las Vegas and I want to give the fans another great fight. I know I need to beat Roman to stay on course to fight for a world championship next year and that is what I intend to do on December 9,” said the Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico native.
When Berchelt pulled out with an injury, veteran tough guy Roman got the call and was more than happy to fill Salido’s dance card.
“I know this is a tough fight and I am going against a tough fighter but I know what I am capable of and I believe that I will beat Salido,” Roman said. “This is not an easy fight for either one of us and the biggest winners will be the fans. This is a great opportunity for me and will take full advantage of it. I’m going to knock him out. I’m preparing for what could be a savage war with Salido because he is a tough fighter. But that doesn’t scare me and I know that ultimately I will be the fighter to raise his hand in victory.”
While engaging in another “Fight of the Year” candidate is just another day at the office for Salido, he knows he is facing a motivated and confident Roman. However with another world title fight in the cards, with a victory, Salido is focused and ready to deliver another exciting war for fight fans.
“Roman is a good fighter but honestly I don’t care who is in front of me. I always come to fight,” Salido said. “This is no exception. I’m rested and ready for another war.”