Tonight at 10:20 pm ET on HBO, Orlando Salido and Mickey Roman headline a three-fight night of action in the super featherweight division.
Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO) and Roman (57-12, 44 KO) are veteran battlers with the potential to put on an extremely exciting clash, as both are known to mix it up in the ring. It’s a big fight for both men, and a win here could lead to a title fight with WBC beltholder Miguel Berchelt.
On the undercard, the vacant IBF title is on the line between Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KO) and Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KO), and former titleholder Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO) takes on Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KO), as Vargas looks to bounce back from a loss in his last fight and get back into the title race at 130.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call tonight, so join us!
- Mickey Roman def. Orlando Salido by TKO (1:43 of Round 9)
- Kenichi Ogawa def. Tevin Farmer by SD (116-112, 112-116, 115-113)
- Francisco Vargas def. Stephen Smith by TD (89-82, 88-83, 88-83)
ROUND BY ROUND
ORLANDO SALIDO vs. MICKEY ROMAN
Round 1: Roman comes out and meets Salido at center ring, both fighters exchange punches already! Roman presses Salido to the ropes and tries to get to his body with a left hook. Salido fights his way off the ropes with a couple uppercuts. Roman undeterred and pushes Salido back to the ropes again and lets his hands fly. Salido gets a warning for low blows. Roman all over Salido early, applying tons of pressure. Salido stuns Roman with a right hand but Salido is able to hold on right away to survive the moment. I still think Roman wins the round. Roman 10-9.
Round 2: Roman comes out with a check left hook but Salido attacks back with a three-punch combination. Hard right hand lands for Salido and Roman is going to have to be on the lookout for that or he'll be in trouble. Roman might have been shook up from another Salido right hand because He's not punching much anymore. Now Roman lands a hard right hook to the body. Salido returns the favor! Overhand right hand stuns Salido momentarily and has Salido on the ropes as Roman tries to follow up with a flurry. Salido gets past the moment and is now trying to get back to what he was doing. Salido 10-9 as he mostly worked Roman in this round.
Round 3: Salido comes out with a five punch combination and Roman wasn't hard to find. Roman has Salido on the ropes again and is trying to work his uppercuts. Salido throws five pawing jabs as he looks to follow it up with a power punch, but can't find the opening at the moment. Roman walking straight into Salido's chest all around the ring but he's smothering his own punches a lot of the time. Three hard body shots land for Salido. Salido going right back downstairs with even more body shots. Salido 10-9.
Round 4: Salido throws three punches to the body right away, backing Roman off him. Right hook lands for Salido as he beats Roman to the punch. Hard right hook lands for Salido and gets the crowd's attention! Roman lands a combination which floors Salido! Salido waits until the count of 9 to get back to his feet but we're back underway. Roman tries to capitalize on the moment and attacks Salido along the ropes. Roman 10-8, 38-37.
Round 5: Salido looks like he's got his bearings back and now he's back to attacking. Salido lands a right hand over Roman's jab. Roman presses forward again and gets in a right hand of his own. Uppercuts on the inside land for both fighters! Salido digs downstairs and Roman follows him with his own body work. Hard left hook to the body lands for Roman. Close, close round, but Roman is coming forward and appears to be applying the pressure in an otherwise even round. Both fighters trade to end the round. Roman 10-9.
Round 6: Clean left hook to the body lands for Roman, but Salido comes back with almost a dozen punches as he tries to get Roman back on the defensive — he's achieved that. Now Roman tries to stand his ground a little more and fight Salido off of him. Which ever fight is the one coming forward is getting is doing the better work. Now both fighters just trade dozens of punches! It's a phone booth fight! Roman gets Salido to the ropes and throws as much as he can. Salido bides his time and then counters back with his own flurry. A few low blows from Salido go unnoticed. Roman throws a long flurry to end the round which I think gets him the round. Roman 10-9, 58-55.
Round 7: Both fighters pick up where they left off, exchanging punches. This, folks, is as close to rock 'em sock 'em as it gets! Salido leads with a right hook to the body, then looks to get in some of his uppercuts. Salido gets in another low blow without warning. Salido strafes Roman with his back along the ropes and Salido has some good success. Hard left hook gets in for Salido. Salido 10-9.
Round 8: Roman has Salido back on the ropes again and his eyes light up as he throws a flurry of punches. Hard left to the body lands for Roman! Salido throws a few of his own back, but can't find the target cleanly. Both fighters rock each other's faces! This is an action fight! Roman pushes Salido back to the ropes, find leverage, and throws a few combinations until Salido falls to the canvas! Salido beats the count but he might be feeling it now! Roman presses Salido some more now and is punishing him along the ropes. The referee looked like he was almost ready to jump in and stop it. Salido looks like he's close to being dropped again. But Salido makes a last stand! Roman 10-8, 77-73.
Round 9: I don't like the look on Salido in between rounds, he looks dejected. Roman comes out looking to close the show, applying more pressure to Salido, hoping he'll break. Salido is a warrior and throws back what he can, but he might not have fully recovered just yet. Roman rocks Salido with two punches as Salido steps straight back. Roman has Salido on the ropes again and flurries once again with good results. Roman punches Salido to the canvas and into submission. The referee waves the fight off. Roman TKO-9. Great fight!
TEVIN FARMER vs. KENICHI OGAWA
Round 1: Farmer comes out with a jab from his southpaw stance. Farmer weaves a left hook from Ogawa, then pops him with a counter jab. Farmer is obviously comfortable early, almost dancing in the ring. Farmer moves off the the side as Ogawa tries to come forward with some shots. Farmer showcasing his flashy defensive style early. Farmer walks Ogawa into a solid left hand at the bell. Farmer 10-9.
Round 2: Ogawa looks like he's trying to figure out how he wants to get past Farmer's slick style but he hasn't found the answers yet. Farmer touches Ogawa with a straight left hand downstairs. Farmer cuffs Ogawa's head and rips him to the body with his free hand. Farmer touches Ogawa some more with a couple or right hands. Farmer doesn't pack much of a punch, but he's fast, accurate, and doesn't get hit back clean in return. Farmer 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Farmer comes out looking for that straight left hand to the body. Ogawa catches Farmer with a left hook to the body as he catches on to Farmer consistently circling out in the same direction. Ogawa lands a nice right hand and is outworking Farmer in this round. Hard left hook lands for Ogawa. Ogawa 10-9.
Round 4: Farmer misses on a left hook to the body. Right to the body lands for Ogawa, though. Ogawa continues to stalk forward but Farmer is having more and more difficulty keeping Ogawa from making contact. Farmer used a whole lot of defense for this round, but there wasn't a lot of offense. I'm giving this to Ogawa, 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Farmer's corner tells him he has to pick up the pace on the offense now. Farmer looks like he's taking his corner's advice and lands an overhand left hook, then another one. Farmer clips Ogawa with a check left hook, and is landing a good rate when he lets his hands go. Another left hook lands for Farmer, who has found the range on that shot. And another hard left hand lands for Farmer! Farmer 10-9.
Round 6: Ogawa comes out and it looks like he's got a cut over his right eye from all those Farmer lefts. Farmer clips Ogawa with a few more shots as he's coming forward in this fight now. Farmer lands a good uppercut to the body after missing on a lead hook. Now Ogawa is laying back and letting Farmer come to him. Farmer isn't taking the bait fully. Now Ogawa has Farmer on the ropes and Farmer moves his head and rolls his shoulders to fend off the attack. Farmer 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Farmer's trainer telling him that Ogawa can't fight going backwards, and they want him t press him in that direction. Farmer is doing exactly that to open this round, pushing Ogawa back and hitting him with more left hands. Farmer settling back into the kind of fight he wants and Ogawa gets a timeout as he loses his mouthpiece. Farmer shows off more of his flashy defense as he slips big shots from Ogawa with style. Hard left hand lands again for Farmer! Farmer 10-9.
Round 8: Farmer lands a right hook to the body, then a hard left hook upstairs. He might be starting to wear on Ogawa. Farmer so comfortable that he turns to the orthodox stance as he looks towards the announcers table. Ogawa gets in a left hook to the body once Farmer tries to take a breather. Farmer winds up on a left hand but throws a right jab instead. Farmer 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Ogawa comes out trying to build some momentum by throwing a number of shots, even if he can't quite find the target. Ogawa lands a clean right hand lead. I think Ogawa is taking this round but I don't think he's winning it on inflicting much damage as much as he's really grinding it out. Ogawa 10-9.
Round 10: Ogawa comes out pressing again, looking to land a hard shot. Farmer lands that hard straight left to the body that he's been landing consistently throughout the fight. Now Farmer rips Ogawa to the body as he catches him with his head down. Farmer slips in straight punches in between Ogawa's attack, then targets the body. Farmer comes forward and strafes Ogawa some more to the body. Farmer 10-9, 97-93.
Round 11: Farmer comes out and throws a flurry to Ogawa's body. Farmer's accuracy and quick hands have been a huge factor in this fight. Farmer lands a clear low blow and Ogawa doesn't even blink! Now Farmer is working his angles and picking off Ogawa's attack before it can get going. Farmer is doing the cleaner work. Farmer 10-9.
Round 12: Farmer starts the round with some pep in his step, throwing a few big shots in the middle of a flurry. Farmer is trying to close the fight strong. Ogawa still trying but he is having a hard time coping with Farmer's style. Looping left hand lands for Farmer, and he follow it up with a second. Farmer puts a few more shots together and counters Ogawa's counter attack. Farmer 10-9. BLH scores it for Farmer, 117-111.
FRANCISCO VARGAS vs. STEPHEN SMITH
Round 1: Vargas comes out fast, trying to establish a jab. Smith, who has other ideads, bull rushes Vargas and backs him to the ropes. Smith tags Vargas with his free hand as the other gets tangled on the inside. Sneaky uppercut lands on the inside for Smith. Both fighters taking turns now exchanging punches, but nothing much of significance lands. Nice combination lands for Smith, who I think is having his kind of fight early. Smith 10-9.
Round 2: Vargas comes out with with another jab, but it falls short. Smith sitting on his back foot, waiting to time Vargas coming in. Vargas surprises Smith with a lead left hook. Smith returns the favor with one of his own and the fighters end up in a clinch. Now Vargas is finding his range on the jab and is putting Smith under more duress. Nice right hand to the body lands for Vargas. Vargas 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Smith lands the jab first in this round, but Vargas comes back with several more of his own. Smith retreats a little to try and re-establish a range he's comfortable with. Vargas has effectively closed the distance early and so now his more aggressive style is paying dividends. Counter right hand lands for Vargas, and if he's going to both out-box and out-bang Smith, it's going to be big trouble. Vargas 10-9.
Round 4: Vargas whiffs on a lead hook to open the round. The action heats up and both fighters are exchanging a lot of punches at close quarters. Vargas is getting in the more meaningful shots in the exchanges. Smith is trying to grind this out but this is exactly the kind of fight Vargas is accustomed to. Smith gets warned for holding too often. Vargas 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Vargas comes out stalking right away. Smith is still holding often and gets warned by the referee again about it. Vargas throws a number of shots on the inside as Smith tries to get some back in himself. Two hard left hooks land for Vargas. Vargas slips in a couple body shots in between Smith's combination. Smith is certainly game in this fight, but I think Vargas is getting in the better shots. Referee calls a timeout because of an accidental head clash that appears to have caused a cut. Vargas also has a lot of blood on his back, coming from Smith's busted nose. Vargas 10-9.
Round 6: Slow action to begin the sixth round, but Vargas manages to get in Smith's chest and unload a couple body shots. Smith tries a couple haymakers to get some respect, but he can't land clean. Referee warns Smith again for holding! Vargas continues to mount his body attack and Smith is standing up to it thus far. Vargas 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Smith has a disgusting ear injury. It's like half-torn from his skull and flapping around a little. Pretty grotesque. Smith not letting it get to him and is still trying to battle it out despite being a little overwhelmed. Smith is showing all the punishment on his face. Vargas 10-9.
Round 8: Smith pumps a few jabs, trying to pierce Vargas' guard. Vargas pops a jab back and catches Smith clean. Vargas lands a hard left hook after feinting a jab. The pace of the fight has slowed down noticeably but Vargas manages to land a right hand on the move. Smith lands a one-two combination right before the bell rings. I still think Vargas is winning these rounds, even though Smith is putting up a fight. Vargas 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Smith lands a right hand downstairs early in the round. Vargas might be coasting a little and it's giving Smith more opportunities. Now Vargas lands a right hand as he sets up a combination. Now Smith's ear is torn even more and there's a timeout called so the doctor can have a look at the injury. This fight should be stopped — it's gross. Fight's over! We're going to the scorecards because the injury was a result of an accidental head clash. I have Vargas up 89-82 at the time of stoppage.