Salido tune-up bout could lead to Lomachenko rematch

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Tonight, former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will return to the ring in Mexico in a stay-busy bout he hopes will lead to a rematch later this summer with pound-for-pound resident Vasyl Lomachenko.


While Salido’s bout, against Colombia’s Aristides Perez, may fly under the radar, the result and impending rematch with Lomachenko certainly won’t.


Despite only having nine fights on his resume as a professional, Lomachenko, 8-1 (6), has quickly made his case as arguably the best boxer in the world.


He pocketed two Olympic gold medals in a legendary amateur career before turning pro. In the paid ranks, he won the vacant WBO featherweight title in just his third outing as a pro and is the current reigning WBO junior lightweight champion.


However, he does have one blemish on his record, that being a decision loss in his second pro fight, against rugged Salido.


Salido, 43-13-4 (30), beat Lomachenko by split decision back in March of 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. On that night, Lomachenko was vying to become the first world champion in only his second professional bout, after originally wanting to vie for a world title in his professional debut.


The Salido-Lomachenko bout was not without controversy.


Before the bout, Salido was stripped of his title for missing weight (by several pounds), so the WBO featherweight title was only on the line for Lomachenko. Salido entered the ring somewhere around 147 pounds and was then accused of landing several low blows throughout the fight that went un-penalized by referee Laurence Cole.


In the end, Salido used every veteran trick in the book to maul his way to a split decision win over Lomachenko and now stands as the only boxer to beat him in the pro ranks.


While Lomachenko has definitely improved with every outing since his fight against Salido, and is now regarded as perhaps the best boxer in the game, Salido may once again prove to be a long, hard night for the Ukrainian.


Salido has a resume sprinkled with “Fight of the Year” outings and is seldom in a fight that is less than thrilling. It’s just how he fights. He makes for all-action wars. His resume includes thrillers with Francisco Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez and Rocky Martinez, among others, in a career that has seen him become the darling of fight fans, who love his go-for-broke style and willingness to engage in each and every fight.


Siri lays it all on the line in every outing and will certainly do so again if he faces Lomachenko for a second time.


Apparently, Top Rank is looking at a possible August date to hold the second outing for Lomachenko and Salido and that is good news for fight fans.


In a recent interview, Salido manager Sean Gibbons expounded on the strengths of his fighter, who he feels will get the job done a second time. “Listen, we’ve all heard the excuses about weight and low blows and everything else. Bottom line is there is one man to beat Lomachenko and that is Orlando,” said Gibbons. “He has a rugged, veteran style. He has seen everything there is to see in the ring and he knows how to handle anything in there. Lomachenko is a great fighter and we all respect and admire his accomplishments but Siri knows how to nullify him in the ring. If we get through this fight on the 27th without any problems we’ll look to get a second Lomachenko fight confirmed. And guess what? Salido will beat him again.”



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