Orlando Salido has been out of the ring ever since he dropped a technical decision to Mikey Garcia and lost his WBO featherweight title in the process nearly nine months ago. Though he still craves a victory over Garcia, the road back begins this Saturday night with a bout against Orlando Cruz for the vacant WBO featherweight belt that Garcia lost on the scales before his first defense. The fight is taking place at 126 pounds, a class beneath where Salido feels his most comfortable, but according to Salido, the spot against Cruz for the belt on a pay-per-view undercard was too good to allow it to sail by.
Boxing Scene's Ryan Burton was able to speak with Salido recently on why he came back down to 126 for another fight, and if the Mexican slugger wants another crack at Garcia:
"I wanted to move up to 130 but when this opportunity to fight for another title at 126 came up it was just too good to pass up. If everything goes well we will move up after the fight.
"I definitely want a rematch. It has been on my mind. Things like that (headbutts) happen in fights. They are accidents. I would definitely like to face him again at 130 pounds."
The headbutt that gave Garcia a broken nose and prematurely ended their fight appeared more than accidental to some, but the swiftness of which Garcia's corner called off the fight also came into question by fans who challenged Garcia's toughness. Salido may have finally been getting some work done before the action was called to a halt and, despite the one-sided scorecards, it was still an interesting fight.
If Salido was to emerge victorious this Saturday, would you like to see him and Garcia tangle again, this time up at 130 pounds? Would it allow Salido a small advantage if he could come in a little bigger, or is the difference in skill and talent too vast of a gap still?
And, is this the first time that two boxers named Orlando have fought each other?