Last night, HBO officially announced the return of Sergey Kovalev on November 25, where the former light heavyweight titleholder will take on Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the main event in New York.
Dan Rafael reports that there are talks for a co-feature bout that would see Orlando Salido return to take on Jonathan Oquendo.
Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO) last fought on May 27, stopping Aristedes Perez after seven rounds in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, his hometown. That followed a year off, after back-to-back draws against Francisco Vargas and Rocky Martinez.
Salido, 36, had his last notable win in 2014, when he beat Terdsak Kokietgym in a slugfest in Tijuana. There were talks of him rematching Vasyl Lomachenko earlier this year, but that fell through.
Oquendo (27-5, 17 KO) is a Puerto Rican fighter best known for two things: a win over Jhonny Gonzalez in 2015, and losses to the other notable names he’s faced, including Juan Manuel Lopez (2008), Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (2012), Abner Mares (2014), and Jesus Cuellar (2015). In all reality, his win over Gonzalez is about the only thing that props him up as even a serious fringe contender.
Oquendo last fought on July 21, beating journeyman Orlando Rizo by stoppage after five rounds in San Juan.