By Chris Robinson
On Sunday afternoon I talked to a surprisingly-animated featherweight champion Orlando Salido, who took some digs at junior lightweight titlist Adrien Broner.
Coming off of a scintillating rematch with Juan Manuel Lopez last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Salido admitted that he isn’t too impressed by the landscape in the featherweight division and is considering a move up in weight, with Broner being his chief objective.
The usually mild-mannered Salido took his swipes at Broner, one of the most flamboyant fighters in the sport, and said that he would love to break his jaw and shut his mouth, among other choice actions.
Wanting to get Broner’s thought on Salido’s remarks, I touched base with the Cincinnati, Ohio native on Monday afternoon. And while Broner received a direct message containing a link to the article in which Salido bashed him, he insisted that he didn’t even bother to look it over.
“For what? I don’t got to read up on that,” stated Broner. “That’s all talk. You know me, I don’t look up on fighters, I don’t even look at their blogs, I don’t watch what they’re putting up, I don’t look at none of that. The only thing I watch is Floyd Mayweather and myself.”
Broner can’t knock Salido’s ambition but feel his class will show if such a fighter ever comes off.
“He just wants the shine I got, that’s all,” Broner continued. “He’s fighting on Showtime and he’s a Showtime fighter. He’s trying to get to where I’m at. He beat Lopez twice. To me, that’s a B+, B- fighter with no chin. I don’t knock him down, I congratulate him on that but they need to stay in their lane. I’m just on a different level and when these guys get in the ring with me it’s going to show.”
Broner is next penciled in to make the second defense of his title on May 19th in an HBO-televised showcase at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas underneath the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan rematch. Twice-beaten British fighter Gary Sykes appears to be in the running to be Broner’s opponent on that evening but the 22-year insists he is ready for any and all comers.
“I don’t duck nobody, anybody they put in front of me I will fight,” said Broner. “At the end of the day I just want to cut all the talk. I’m not a promoter, I’m a professional boxer and I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me. I don’t care who it is. It could be Sykes, it could be Koo-Wan, it could be Hu-Han, I’m ready. I’ve been ready. I don’t have fights and take off. I fight on Saturday and I’m back in the gym on Monday.”
Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected]