Talk about one heck of a quick turnaround! Mexican warrior Orlando Salido announced his retirement from boxing shortly after losing a thrilling war with countryman Mickey Roman last Saturday night in Las Vegas. The 37 year old was stopped in the ninth round of a quite brutal and punishing fight, and afterwards, “Siri” said how all the tough fights had caught up with him and how he was “an old fighter now.”
The thrilling career of one of the sport’s most consistently exciting warriors came to a close on Saturday night in Las Vegas, as Mexico’s Orlando Salido announced his retirement after suffering a stoppage defeat to countryman Miguel Roman. The teak-tough 37 year old admitted how all the hard, hard fights he has had throughout his long, nearly 22-year pro career have caught up with him.
Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-13, 45 KOs) brought new life to his career with a spectacular and dominant ninth-round technical knockout victory against four-time, two division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-14, 31 KOs) in a Fight of the Year Candidate and main event of HBO Boxing After Dark at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Roman, a native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight before the fight was finally stopped at 1:43 of the ninth round after a fight-finishing flurry sent Salido to the canvas for the last time in his career.
Going up against Saturday’s historic Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux fight in New York, will be the all-Mexican battle between Orlando Salido and Miguel Roman. The ten-rounder may not be able to advertise the boxing pedigree or the sheer silky skills that will be witnessed in the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight (or chess match) but in terms of action, this fight will almost certainly outdo the WBO super-featherweight title fight.
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark® telecast begins at 10:20 p.m. ET/PT. Opening the telecast from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas is Francisco Vargas battling Stephen Smith in a 10-round super featherweight fight.
Leading up to the main event, Tevin Farmer takes on Kenichi Ogawa in a 12-round bout for the junior lightweight world title.
The bright lights of Las Vegas shine on the junior lightweight division when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ORLANDO SALIDO VS. MIGUEL ROMAN, TEVIN FARMER VS. KENICHI OGAWA AND FRANCISCO VARGAS VS. STEPHEN SMITH is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 9 at 10:20 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Mandalay Bay Events Center. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is already looking past his fighter Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko’s fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux this weekend towards a rematch between Lomachenko and Orlando Salido. Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) suffered his only pro career loss to Salido in 2014 in losing a 12 round split decision, and the loss marred his perfect record. Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs) is now 37-years-old, and clearly not the same fighter he was in 2014, but that doesn’t matter to Arum.
By Mauricio Sulaiman:
THE ABUSE OF POWER
The abuse of power has once again hit our sport in a dramatic way, as Orlando Salido and Micky Roman will be prevented of accomplishing their dream of winning the WBC title due to a decision taken by a man sitting on a desk mandating terms of their bout.