Orlando Salido has pulled out of his November 10 HBO main event against Mikey Garcia after reportedly breaking his finger.
Orlando Salido has withdrawn from his scheduled November 10 HBO main event against Mikey Garcia, with BoxingScene.com reporting that the WBO featherweight champion has a broken finger, possibly from getting it caught in a car door. Boxers should stay away from car doors. And shower doors. Maybe just doors in general.
The news is a bummer, but I honestly can't say I'm all that surprised. Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO) has had an odd sort of title reign, beating Juan Manuel Lopez in a barnburner in April 2011 to win the title, followed by two defenses against a pair of really mediocre challengers, then beating Lopez again in an even better fight this year, and then defending against another mediocre challenger. I'm not saying I think he's faking an injury to duck the fight, because I wouldn't know one way or another. I can only say that I'm just not surprised by the news. Disappointed, though, yes.
Garcia (29-0, 25 KO) has now had two major world title opportunities fall apart on him this year. He was supposed to fight WBA champion Celestino Caballero in July, but that didn't happen, and then they changed their focus to Salido and the WBO belt, and that's not happening.
There's no word on whether or not the Vanes Martirosyan vs Erislandy Lara fight will still go ahead at the Wynn on November 10, but unless Top Rank can come up with another decent fight, I do find it hard to imagine HBO running with a Martirosyan-Lara main event. They don't owe Top Rank any dates or anything.