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Orlando Salido came up short against Mikey Garcia this past Saturday night, and now the former featherweight champ is planning a move to 130 pounds and an eventual shot at Rocky Martinez and the WBO title.
Saturday night wasn't Orlando Salido's finest hour, but the veteran Mexican battler is making plans to move up to 130 pounds, and fight WBO titlist Rocky Martinez in September.
"I talked to [manager] Sean Gibbons and my promoter Fernando Beltran after the fight. They told me that I have their support and if I wanted a rematch [with Garcia] they would negotiate it - but I told them that I'd rather go up to 130 pounds and challenge the Puerto Rican Roman 'Rocky 'Martinez, who fought in the same card on Saturday."
Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO) says he hopes to fight in Mexico in May in a 10-round tune-up bout, perhaps testing the waters at 130, before going after Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KO) in September. Martinez escaped with a debated draw against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, keeping the super featherweight title he won last September.
Salido-Martinez sounds like a fun fight, really -- both are good, durable pressure fighters, rugged guys who unleash reckless shots but aren't totally lacking skill. Plus, it's a fight that might make a lot of sense in Puerto Rico, where Salido has a big reputation with two wins over Juan Manuel Lopez on the island.