One of the super featherweight division's most appealing fights is now official: Francisco Vargas will defend his newly-won WBC belt against Orlando Salido on June 4th in Carson, California's StubHub Center. The fight will serve as the main event of an HBO broadcast.
Both men are coming off of terrifically-entertaining performances, Vargas against Takashi Miura and Salido against Roman Martinez. It's difficult to imagine this being anything other than a war for the ages.
Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO) went to war with Miura last November in a Fight of the Year-winning slugfest that saw numerous momentum shifts and hellacious damage on both sides. Just as Miura seemed to have seized the advantage with an eighth-round surge, Vargas roared back to drop the WBC champion and batter him until Tony Weeks stepped in for the save.
Salido (43-13-3, 30 KO) is technically winless in his last two fights, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Following his epic war with (and brutal knockout of) Terdsak Kokietgym in one of 2014's best fights, "Siri" lost a competitive decision to Roman Martinez last April. The two faced off once more in September in a fight that saw Salido seemingly win comfortably, only to be gutted with a draw.
This is an excellent, competitive showdown between two of the 130-pound division's most entertaining bruisers. It will be fascinating to see whether Salido's grit and relentless attack can overcome Vargas' power and Siri's own tendency to get dropped repeatedly. Early predictions?