Salido Targets Move To 130 To Face Rocky Martinez

By Rafael Soto

Former champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27KOs) is now targeting a move to 130-pounds to challenge WBO super featherweight beltholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez (26-1-2, 16KOs). Both fighters saw action in an HBO televised tripleheader on Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. Salido lost an eight round technical decision, and his WBO featherweight title, to Mikey Garcia. Martinez went to a controversial twelve round draw with mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Burgos.

"It was a bad night. I was surprised in the first round and I could not recover. When I finally found my pace and distance I started connecting with my shots much better and I felt that I was within two or three more rounds before a knockout [victory] - and then the head clash came and that was the fight. I feel that the best rounds for me were coming up. I showed that in the seventh round, but that's boxing. I was well prepared but Garcia fought well and he was better than me that night," said Salido.

"I am sorry but that headbutt was completely accidental. I was out in front, he was attacking and unfortunately we clashed heads - but I repeat that if the fight had continued I would have dominated in the later rounds. I felt that his performance was going down and mine was going up."

Salido plans to return in the month of May and then he wants a fight with Martinez in September.

"I talked to [manager] Sean Gibbons and my promoter Fernando Beltrñan [of Zanfer], after the fight. They told me that I have their support and if I wanted a rematch they would negotiate it - but I told them that I'd rather go up to 130 pounds and challenge the Puerto Rican Roman 'Rocky 'Martinez, who fought in the same card on Saturday. So if all goes well I will fight in Mexico in May, and then in September I will challenge Rocky 'Martínez. I want to make a fight for ten rounds in May in Hermosillo and then get a title fight against Martinez," Salido said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DondiNeverLeft on 01-22-2013

[QUOTE=ElBossHogg™;12940821]I like to see it just to see Martinez reduced to being KO or being forced to take a knee like all his predecessors.[/QUOTE] Maybe Salido will quit like all the other Mexicans that dont

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 01-22-2013

FOTY Real talk !!!!!!!

Comment by tjdsaint on 01-22-2013

Orlando Salido vs another Puerto Rican Champion.. Hmmm... Will the result be the same again? We'll see... :boxing:

Comment by Ringlife on 01-22-2013

[QUOTE=bigcursedawg;12940888]Salido vs Martinez would be a good fight be a good fight but I rather see Salido vs Garcia II and Martinez vs Burgos II first. The outcomes of both of those fights left a bad taste in my mouth…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 01-22-2013

[QUOTE=southpaw_07;12941516]Salido cant take a punch from a 126 fighter..@130 he'll be speaking chinese after taking these shots..[/QUOTE] Garcia is a hard ass puncher, and 130 doesnt really have any great punchers other then Uchiyama

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