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Orlando Salido welcomes rematch with Mikey Garcia

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Orlando Salido didn't do so well against Mikey Garcia when they fought, but the 33-year-old battler welcomes a rematch and a chance to even the score against his rival.

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Veteran Mexican brawler Orlando Salido picked up the interim WBO super featherweight title on September 20 with a thrilling win over Terdsak Kokietgym in Tijuana, and says that he'd relish the opportunity to fight Mikey Garcia a second time. Garcia holds the WBO super featherweight belt, but is on the shelf right now in a dispute with Top Rank.

"I would love to fight Mikey Garcia or any of the other champions and unify the crowns but I don't pick my opponents. I'm the interim champion, so I'm very happy at the moment but I'm also looking forward to whatever's next."

In January 2013, Garcia beat Salido via technical decision, with the fight oddly stopped because of a broken nose on Garcia, suffered as the result of an accidental headbutt. At the time, Salido was down huge on the scorecards thanks to being dropped four times, but some observers -- including myself -- felt that he was clawing his way back into it and making Garcia a bit uncomfortable, with Garcia taking advantage of a chance to stop the fight.

There's no doubt that Garcia largely outclassed Salido in that fight, and that Salido being floored three times by Terdsak doesn't exactly bode well for his future at 130 pounds. But do you think a Garcia-Salido rematch is interesting anyway? Does Salido's refusal to give up even when getting battered make that fight more interesting than it may seem at first blush? Or should Garcia, whenever he gets back into action, focus on bigger fish at 130?