Gonzalez (29-0, 24 KO) is one of the best fighters in the world, and is rarely seen on U.S. TV of any kind, but tonight American fans got to take a look at a fighter at 108 pounds who deserves P4P-type consideration, and hopefully they were impressed. His pure power is right there with the more well-known Giovani Segura, and a fight between those two is probably as good as it can get in the "little guy" weight classes.
Salado (22-4-2, 13 KO) really didn't deserve this title shot no matter what Col. Bob Sheridan said tonight on commentary, as his last two fights have been a win over a guy who was 0-1 and a loss to a guy who was 16-17. He's lost three of his last five and hasn't beaten a decent fighter since 2007, and was thoroughly overmatched here against Gonzalez. It was a brutal, one-sided beatdown that saw Salado down twice in the first round, battered and cut up through the next five rounds, and then finally knocked down again in the seventh. Referee Julio C. Alvarado pointlessly let the fight continue, but the Salado corner waved the towel of surrender before it could get any worse.
Our live coverage of the Marquez vs Ramos card continues here, and don't forget that this show is streaming free and legally in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico tonight at TopRank.tv. All props to Top Rank for what is so far an excellent stream, too, after years of what could be generously described as subpar efforts in that department.