By Ryan Burton
After Friday's weigh-in for the rematch between Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido, a fight nearly broke out between WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce and featherweight prospect Orlando Del Valle (15-0). The Puerto Rican up-and-comer said that he was just trying to get a picture with the five-division Mexican champion and that some of the fans actually initiated the confrontation.
"Right after the weigh-in finished I was in line to take a picture with Arce and right before my turn came a fan came out of nowhere and said 'Arce he's the next one we have for you'," explained Del Valle. "So Arce asked 'who's this' and everyone started to scream my record and they were saying that I'm going to put it on him," he continued.
Del Valle finally got up to the stage to get a picture with the champ but instead they exchanged words. Arce reminded the young Boricua that he captured five belts in five divisions. Del Valle warned Arce that he is young and hungry and Arce better be careful with his words
"I got to the stage to take the picture but it wasn't a picture that I got. A face-off happened instead and we started to talk to each other. He told me that he has five belts and that he was gonna give me one so I could know how it feels and I told that he don't need to do that and that I'm gonna take it from him. I also told him that he gotta be careful [with] what he wishes for, because the young blood is thick and stronger," Del Valle told BoxingScene.
After the brief exchange the fighters finally took the picture and exchanged pleasantries. Del Valle said that "Travieso" wished him luck in his future fights.
"That was it. Right after that we took the picture and exchanges a few words. Besides all the hype he wished me luck in my career and we were gentlemen and there was never disrespect."
The 25-year-old Del Valle also revealed to Boxingscene that he was excited because he finally got to meet one of his idols in boxing. He has patterned his style to that of Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez. The three division champion was in Puerto Rico to receive his WBO ring as recognition of being a super champion and also to support his countryman Orlando Salido. Del Valle admitted to being nervous when he finally met his idol.
"It was great. I even got nervous when I was talking to him. It was very difficult get to him because everyone wanted a picture with him but I worked my way to him and I told him that after Felix Trinidad he was my favorite boxer," said Del Valle. "I also said that it was a dream of mine to have a sparring section with him because I'm sure I don't want to fight him (laughing). All jokes aside I will always bet on me to win. We took a quick picture had a few words and that was it," said Del Valle in closing.
Lopez-Salido 2 takes place tonight on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10pm Eastern Time.
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