The action takes us to the west coast in Carson, California at the Stub Hub Centre where former Mexican Olympian and WBO Jr lightweight champion Francisco Vargas defends his title against rugged veteran and former Champion Orlando Salido. A matchup that has fight fans salivating as it pits two warriors in a guaranteed Fight of the Year candidate.
Vargas’ last presence in the ring was the fight of the year performance versus Japan’s Takashi Miura last November on the undercard of Cotto-Canelo. Having competed in the 2008 Olympics, Vargas has a strong boxing acumen but he can’t help himself when the fight turns into a brawl. Against Salido, Vargas will have his work cut out against the Mexican veteran and the main question is can he tame Salido, who always keeps coming forward even when you’ve thrown everything at him, including the kitchen sink. The strategy is to obviously outbox Salido but the tactic is to not get immersed in a slugfest.
Orlando Salido is the real life boogeyman. Just like in a horror film, when you thought you escaped from the carnage, he suddenly reappears and drags you back into a rough and tumble affair in the ring. He has raised hell for guys like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Mikey Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko, and ruined the career of Juan Manuel Lopez.
Salido is crafty, dirty, and knows every trick of the trade, which will be his biggest asset coming in on Saturday. Salido will have to test Vargas' will and make his best attempt to lure him into a war instead of a boxing match.
Golden Boy Prospect
On the under card, Golden Boy Promotions prospect, Julian Ramirez makes his HBO debut when he faces Abraham Lopez. Ramirez, the nephew of the late Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez, he has been on a steady come up, recently stepping up in competition with appearances on the LA Fight Club cards. Ramirez is a fighter to keep an eye on as he faces a small test when he faces a fellow prospect on the rise like Lopez.