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Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura “nearly finalized” for December 17th

Both Salido and Miura put on Fight of the Year contenders with Francisco Vargas.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Don’t submit your ballot for 2016’s Fight of the Year just yet; there’s another contender on the horizon. Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez recently informed ESPN Deportes that a battle between super featherweights Orlando Salido and Takashi Miura is nearly set.

Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO) raised Hell in June in an epic slugfest with Francisco Vargas, ultimately settling for a majority draw against the newly-minted WBC champion. Vargas won that title from Miura (30-3-2, 23 KO), who brawled with "El Bandido" in 2015’s FotY and seemed to be taking control before getting stopped in the ninth.

These two are hard-wired to storm after each other and sling bombs until one of them goes down. It may not have the tantalizing revenge angle of the planned rematch between Salido and Vasyl Lomachenko, but goddamn this fight will be wild. We’ll keep you posted if this one comes together so you can pour one out for all the brave brain cells set to die in the line of duty.

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