Salido Loses in Vegas

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Mickey Roman Ends Orlando Salido’s Career by TKO in Las Vegas

By David A. Avila

LAS VEGAS-In a battle of Mexican gladiators Mickey Roman knocked out Orlando “Siri” Salido to unceremoniously end the old war horse’s long and fiery era on Saturday.

A 20-year career came to a sudden end

After many wars and bloody battles Salido (44-14, 31 Kos) simply ran out of bullets against the younger warrior Roman (58-12, 45 Kos) in the non-title fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. A small crowd of more than 4,000 saw the final round of the former featherweight and super featherweight world champion.

Though Roman has many more pro fights he didn’t have the wars that Salido had endured in building a reputation as one of the most gritty prizefighters to ever enter the ring from Mexico.

In this fight an aged-looking Salido got off to a fast start when he hurt Roman with a right cross that wobbled the fighter from Juarez, Mexico. But despite the shaky legs Roman held tight and did not allow Salido another clean blow until the end of the first round.

After that, Roman stepped on the gas and was the busier fighter.

Salido, 37, must have sensed he was losing momentum. In the fourth he increased the tempo and was attacking more aggressively. But a three-punch combination dropped Salido against the ropes for the count. It looked like the end but the fighter from Obregon, Mexico rallied back furiously in the round and had Roman backing up until the bell rang. It was his last great moment.

The next few rounds saw Salido work furiously to even the fight but Roman stayed with him blow for blow. Then, in the eighth round Roman launched a five-punch combination that delivered Salido to the ground. Once again Salido rallied back after beating the count but the fire was not as intense.

Referee Robert Byrd had taken a careful look at Salido and when the ninth round opened the older Mexican warrior looked as if he had aged another 10 years. Roman went on attack and a four-punch combination that included an uppercut floored Salido at 1:43 of the ninth. The fight was immediately stopped and Roman declared the winner by technical knockout.

The winner Roman was eager to prove he was a different fighter from his last appearance on American soil when he was stopped by Japan’s Takashi Miura last January.

“The difference was I had to overcome. I want to fight against the champions,” said Roman, 32, who fights out of Juarez, Mexico. “Everything was always against me but things will change from now on.”

Roman trained in Los Angeles for this fight and said he was determined to win.

“The good work we did and the good training was the difference,” said Roman. “If I had lost I would have quit.”

Watching with sagged shoulders was Salido. After so many great fights and countless battles of blood and guts he seemed composed about what had transpired.

“All the years I’ve been fighting and the wear simply caught up. It’s been great but time takes its toll. I’m going. I’m done,” said Salido.

Salido’s career began in 1996 and finally ends in 2017 after 21 years.

IBF Title

It was puncher versus boxer and Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (23-1, 17 Kos) provided enough pressure and harder blows to offset the constantly moving Tevin Farmer (25-5, 5 Kos) to win the IBF super featherweight world title.

According to Compubox Farmer out-landed Ogawa by more than 59 blows but it was difficult to surmise that those blows were significant. The Philadelphia fighter touched Ogawa more but the more effective blows were from the Japanese.

Farmer had his moments and landed flush lefts occasionally but not as many as Ogawa’s rights. When it came down to it, the more flush blows were landed by the Japanese challenger.

One judge scored it 116-112 for Farmer and 116-112, 115-113 for Ogawa who wins the IBF title.

Other bouts

A super featherweight clash saw former Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (24-2, 17 Kos) win by technical decision against England’s Stephen Smith (25-4, 15 KO) in the ninth round after a clash of heads. When the two broke away Smith had suffered a badly split ear that was gushing blood. Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight and it went to the score cards with Vargas winning 89-82, 88-83 twice. Smith didn’t wait to hear the scores and headed to the hospital.

Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (28-8, 19 Kos) once again pulled an upset and this time against contender Denis Shafikov (38-4, 20 Kos) of Russia by split decision. Alvarado just recently upset an undefeated South American fighter and now he’s added a world title contender to his resume. A counter overhand right by Alvarado floored Shafikov in the fifth round and a bad cut over the Russian’s left side of his head also caused him problems throughout the fight. But the night belonged to Alvarado who was busier throughout. The scores were 96-93, 94-95, 96-94 a split decision win for Alvarado.

Ireland’s Aaron McKenna (1-0) grabbed his first pro victory by unanimous decision after four rounds against rugged Travis Conley (1-1). McKenna, an international amateur star, battered Conley every round but the tough Texan refused to submit. Each not shy

fans appreciated his full effort in the welterweight scrap that saw all three judges score it 40-36 for McKenna.

“It was a little different fighting with the smaller gloves and without head gear. It’s harder to defend,” said McKenna, 18. “He was a good fighter. I thought I hurt him a few times.”

Tijuana’s super prospect Jaime Munguia (26-0, 22 Kos) knocked out Paul Valenzuela (20-7, 14 Kos) with a double hook to the body and head to win by knockout at 1:26 of the second round. Both middleweights fight out of Mexico.

Pedro Duran (16-0-2, 13 Kos) remained undefeated after flooring Mexico’s Daniel Evangelista (20-9-2, 16 Kos) twice in the fifth round. Left hooks did the job as Evangelista was unable to continue at the end of the round in the super featherweight fight. Duran fights out of Paramount, Calif.

Joselito Velazquez (5-0, 5 Kos) out-punched tough veteran Armando Vazquez (22-21-1, 5 Kos) and finally stopped the Mexicali fight at 1:27 of the fifth round in their flyweight clash. A four punch combination sent Vazquez down before a barrage of blows forced referee Jay Nady to stop the fight for good. Velazquez fights out of Cancun, Mexico.

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