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Salka Eyed Figueroa, Surprised at Landing Danny Garcia

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

This Saturday's Showtime televised main event is not winning any popularity contests. Rod Salka (19-3, 3KOs), a big underdog, is moving up to challenge WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight is a ten round non-title bout.

When Salka was announced as Garcia's next opponent, a tidal wave of criticism came crashing on the fight. Fans and media alike were shocked at the selection of Salka.

Salka himself admits surprise at landing the fight. He was more focused on landing a title shot at WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa.

"I was surprised that I got the fight. I didn't expect to get that kind of a fight. I expected to get a world title fight. I figured I might fight Figueroa at 135. He was going to fight his mandatory. I was keeping busy and going to fight here [in Pittsburgh], and then maybe we were going to work something out later. Things happen for whatever reason. I don't know the details [on why I was selected], but I'm sure something had to happen somewhere along the line for this opportunity to take place. I'm not going to sit there and ask people 'are you sure?' I got the contract, I got the opportunity and I'm excited," Salka told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deevel916 on 08-05-2014

Gets worse by the day for Garcia/Haymon/Showtime. The poor guy was just trying to fight for a LW title.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 08-05-2014

BScene further making Garcia look bad.

Comment by Golovkin on 08-05-2014

Talking about Figueroa, he is fighting Estrada this Saturday. That fight will be explosive, mark my words. Cannot miss that fight.

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 08-05-2014

how much is salka getting for this fight? i hope it doesn't end like gatti/gamache danny is huge and now fighting a lightweight

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 08-05-2014

Garcia has grown into a welterweight but still trying to fight at 140. Now he is fighting a lightweight. Ballsy move salka but your out gunned her and gonna get be beat up. Aka you getting "crawforded"

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