Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO Boxing After Dark, the WBC super featherweight title will be on the line in a main event that guarantees action, as Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido square off, scheduled for 12 rounds.
Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO) won the belt last November in a grueling war with Takashi Miura, which was a unanimous pick for Fight of the Year. Salido (43-13-3, 30 KO) had a pair of Fight of the Year contenders last year himself, losing a close fight to Rocky Martinez and then battling him to a draw in a rematch. It's easy to understand why this is a highly anticipated fight, and it's also taking place at the StubHub Center, which has become hallowed ground for people who love action in boxing.
In the co-feature, featherweight prospects Abraham Lopez (20-0-1, 15 KO) and Julian Ramirez (16-0, 8 KO) will meet in a 10-round fight.
For more on these fights, check out our preview.
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Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido fought to a majority draw (115-113 Vargas, 114-114, 114-114)
Abraham Lopez def. Julian Ramirez by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93, 98-92)
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ROUND BY ROUND
FRANCISCO VARGAS vs ORLANDO SALIDO
Round 1: Vargas trying to box early, probably the right idea. Jabbing, jabbing, jabbing. Salido jabbing. Go figure. Right hand from Vargas. Right hand again from Vargas, a good one. He's opening up a bit more. Salido back with a right. Here we go. Raul Caiz stops the round too soon before letting them finish the last six seconds and dicks everything up. Vargas 10-9
Round 2: Salido charging forward to start the second, Vargas ties him up. Vargas unleashes two good body shots inside. Both guys winging power shots in close. Salido with an uppercut, just letting his hands fly right now. Vargas trying to land straight shots. Body shots from Vargas. Salido keeps coming forward, Vargas ties him up. This is Salido's pace. Body shots from Vargas, then another, and a good right, and then an uppercut, and Salido back with a hard right! Vargas back with his own shots! Up against the ropes and they're letting it go! Salido digging to the body. This is living up to the hype right now. Vargas 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Salido with an overhand right. Body attack from Vargas, both hands flying again. Inside war right now, Salido maybe getting the better of it by a hair. Right hand from Vargas, right down the middle. Salido with a chopping right and a hook to the body, then a right to the body. Salido making this scrappier. The body shots from both guys have been fantastic. Right hand up top from Salido. Salido pops him again, and now Salido has a flurry of shots coming at Vargas. Vargas firing uppercuts, both tot he body, hard shots inside. This is exactly as advertised. Salido 10-9, Vargas 29-28
Round 4: fURIOUS exchange to start this round! Vargas landing vicious rights that Salido is EATING! Salido just keeps going forward! Salido has made Vargas fight the exact fight that Salido wants. That's a veteran thing to be able to do. Vargas nailed with a hard left hook, and then more to the body, and Vargas is hurt. Vargas back with a hard hook to the body himself! HUGE SHOTS! This is great! YEAH! YEAH! WAR! Salido 10-9, 38-38
Round 5: MURDEROUS body shots from Vargas! My GOD! Vargas just hammering away with Salido pinned on the ropes. Salido with an uppercut. He's fighting back. Salido with a right! Vargas with a right! THIS FIGHT IS OFF ITS ASS! Right hand Vargas! Uppercut Vargas! Salido back with hard body shots now! Vargas on the ropes! Right hand from Salido! UPPERCUT from Vargas! WHAT. A. FIGHT! Vargas 10-9, 48-47
Round 6: Salido with the right hands. VARGAS WITH A MASSIVE RIGHT! SALIDO IS HURT! VARGAS THROWING WITH RECKLESS ABANDON! SALIDO COMING BACK NOW! VARGAS WON'T STOP THROWING! SALIDO AGAIN COMING FORWARD! SALIDO WITH A RIGHT HAND! WHAT A FIGHT! WHAT A FIGHT! VARGAS WITH ANOTHER BIG RIGHT HAND! THIS IS INSANE! Vargas has Salido on the ropes again! SALIDO FIRES BACK AGAIN! Salido to the body now! Salido AGAIN finishing the round strong! Wonder if Vargas left too much in this round. Vargas 10-9, 58-56
Round 7: Salido starting well this round, landing some power shots, clean shots, and Vargas does look a bit tired. Vargas fires back enough to push Salido back. Now Vargas throwing with Salido on the ropes again. Vargas with another hard hook. Salido back to the body with a hook. This is a BRUTAL fight! And it's amazing and I love it. Salido 10-9, Vargas 67-66
Round 8: Salido really doing work on the inside now. Accidental butt that hurts Vargas a bit, where he's cut, and Caiz stops the fight to talk to both, warning Salido that he could lose a point on another butt. Good right from Salido. HUGE right around the side from Salido! Left hook from Salido! He's forcing Vargas to fight when Vargas wants to box. Another right from Salido. This is his fight right now. Two hooks to the body from Salido, sweeping hook up top. Salido 10-9, 76-76
Round 9: More exchanges. More fighting. More brawling. More good offensive boxing. Vargas more in this round than the last one, he's picking back up. Good uppercut from Vargas. Vargas' jab more of a weapon this round. Good exchange at the end of the round. Vargas 10-9, 86-85
Round 10: Another tough little run here in the first minute, then Salido slips in the corner, ruled a slip rightly. Both guys throwing to the body still, tying it up inside. Salido starting to tire just a bit, as much as Salido tires. Vargas has found a second wind. Back inside, both throwing again. Just clobbering away. Vargas with a BIG rally, landing a series of hard shots! Uppercut snaps his head back! Salido backs down into the ropes! Vargas again going for something big! SALIDO WITH A BIG RIGHT! They end it throwing again. What a damn fight. My goodness. Vargas 10-9, 96-94
Round 11: Salido stings Vargas with a hard right about 40 seconds into this round. Vargas coming on strong now with accurate shots! Salido hammering away with his back to the ropes, but Vargas put him there and just keeps coming on himself. What a fight this is. It can't be said enough. Salido grinding away this round. Salido 10-9, Vargas 105-104
Round 12: Salido strays low and clashes heads again. Referee Raul Caiz doesn't penalize or anything. He missed the low blow. Salido trying to scrap away. Salido with a hook, Vargas with a right. Salido with big shots, and both throwing hard! REALLY scrappy right now. HUGE HUGE HUGE RIGHT FROM VARGAS THAT SALIDO SOMEHOW TAKES! Salido just KEEPS THROWING. Salido relentless. Vargas landing some good shots, and they end it throwing and throwing. Salido 10-9, 114-114
JULIAN RAMIREZ vs ABRAHAM LOPEZ
Round 1: Right hand from Lopez early, doesn't land flush, Ramirez just eats it. Lopez with a little right. He's being walked back but he's landing the better shots right now. Uppercut gets in. Lopez with hooks to the body. Ramirez short on a straight left, but he's landed some decent body shots himself. Good left from Ramirez to the head, then another to the body, and then a right hand upstairs. Ramirez 10-9
Round 2: Good little trade inside and Lopez lands a hard uppercut that hurts Ramirez. Lopez swinging hard, and now Ramirez throwing back! THEY ARE TRADING LEATHER! LEFT HOOK FROM LOPEZ! Slowing down a bit, but throwing with intent and they're both really aggressive here. Body shots from both, phone booth fight right now. Lopez just battering Ramirez to the body right now, and then RAMIREZ COMES BACK HARD AT THE END OF THE ROUND WITH A BIG RALLY! Lopez back with a body shot! YEAH! Lopez 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Ramirez back to the body to start the round. Ramirez keeping the pressure on, Lopez moving a lot more. Ramirez lighting Lopez up a bit right now, catching him with clean shots, both hands, head and body. Lopez back with a body shot. Right hand from Lopez, and another. Lopez with a hard body shot. This is a grueling round. Hard body shot from Ramirez. Lopez cut near his left eye. Straight left from Ramirez. Uppercut and two more shots from Ramirez. Ramirez 10-9, 29-28
Round 4: Lopez keeping a little distance more this round, both landing again, though. A little less dogfight this round, Ramirez landing a right hook. Body shot from Ramirez. This is a quiet round for this fight, and they're both still landing a ton of punches. Good shots from Ramirez at the end of the round, too. Ramirez 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Slowing down a bit, mostly on the power of the shots being thrown, it's still plenty of active, but not the furious exchanges of earlier. Both guys marked up a bit, both guys still fighting. Ramirez 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: Lopez having a nice round here, again a bit quieter than the first three, this is the new pace of the fight, and it's still pretty good. Oh, hey, Ramirez has a cut over his right eye. Ruled as an accidental headbutt. Lopez 10-9, Ramirez 58-56
Round 7: Lederman questioning whether or not there was a headbutt that caused the cut. HBO producers can't find it. Anyway, they spend most of the round talking about that. Lopez had another good round. This is a close fight. Lopez 10-9, Ramirez 67-66
Round 8: Ramirez a little more consistent this round. As Roy puts it, we had a good fight that broke out into a boxing match, and still pretty good, but certainly not what those first three rounds promised. Ramirez 10-9, 77-75
Round 9: Lopez with a couple sharp rights early. Some holding this round, both guys understandably a little tired. This is probably easily the toughest night either has ever had at the office. Lopez with a good sized hematoma over his left eye. Ramirez 10-9, 87-84
Round 10: Lopez's trainer Joel Diaz tells him he's losing. And we're getting some good action again this round, as Lopez is going for it, and Ramirez is meeting the intensity. Good fight, both guys showing the results of a good fight. Ramirez 10-9, 97-93