Vargas | Salido
June 4th at the Stubhub centre in Carson, California. An all Mexican showdown between
Orlando Salido and WBC champion Francisco Vargas. The two fighters have a reputation for
thrilling encounters and pundits and fans are predicting a dramatic evening of combat.
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The champion, Francisco Vargas, has gone from strength to strength. With an impressive
amateur career, the Mexico City puncher is yet to put a foot wrong as a pro, remaining
undefeated in 24 contests, with 17 knockouts. Adopting the boxerfighter style of many
Mexican greats, Vargas has a fan friendly style that has seen him gain notoriety and a large
following of Mexican and MexicanAmericans. His best performance came in his last fight
against the dangerous Japanese boxer Takashi Miura. A drama filled performance saw both
men hit the deck, with Vargas seizing victory and the WBC belt with a 9th round stoppage.
The contest was voted fight of the year for its high pace and theatrics.
If you look up Mexican veteran in the dictionary, there will be a picture of Orlando Salido. He
turned professional in 1996, and has racked up 59 fights in his career so far. The relentless,
aggressive style of Salido has proved to be a lot to handle for many opponents. Including a
amateur legend and current WBO world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who Salido grinded
out a SD win in 2014. Some of the questionable tactics of Orlando have come under
scrutiny, as the Sonora brawler makes good use of his head and elbows.
This bout is set to ignite, historically Mexican derby’s turn into wars pretty rapidly and
stylistically I see this no different. The bookies have the fight close with Vargas a slight
favourite, but as we have seen from Salido before, it’s not over till it’s over.
Article by Jackson Park