HBO Sports Head Nelson Still Feeling Buzz of Vargas-Salido

By Steve Kim

It's been several days since WBC super featherweight belt-holder Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido waged their insta-classic at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on HBO. After 12 hard-fought rounds the bout was ruled a draw. 

Salido (43-13-4, 30KOs) had been on HBO's airwaves in the past, but not since a March '14 split decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko. The decision to bring him back despite his less-than-pristine record is another example of why the number of blemishes is often overrated.

"I think the important thing is does a fighter deliver a quality fight in the ring and when you give them an opportunity do they step up and peform?" said Peter Nelson, the Executive V.P. of  HBO Sports. "From our perspective we care about good television, we don't necessarily care about good records but obviously you want fighters who can compete at an elite level.


"That's why people want to watch pro's at the height of their game and do what they do. And what we saw last Saturday night with Vargas and Salido was exactly that. It's one of the great fights of this year."

Regardless, it looks like 'Siri' Salido, who is now 35 years old, has found a place on the network, as has Vargas.

Nelson states - "Whenever a fighter gives a performance like that you have to take your hat off to him and I think Salido and Vargas both showed their mettle, they're true warriors. They had a high expectations of them going into the ring. There were high expectations and they delivered. I couldn't be more grateful as a fan."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 06-09-2016

great fight I just finished watching it for the tenth time lol. this fight is exactly what boxing needs at the moment. 130 division is on fire.

Comment by boxingitis on 06-09-2016

Ill keep my HBO subscription id they had more fights like these. Very competative and you dont know who is going to win.

Comment by Lester Tutor on 06-09-2016

Fight was aight.. Marquez would school these fools easily real Mexican style ala Nacho Beristein. Looked no different than a Brandon Rios vs Alvarado bout. But I can see why Loma got his ass kicked...

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 06-09-2016

This was more than your money's worth right here. Will go down as one of the greatest Mexican wars of all time. Both guys showed more heart than the Grinch when he became nice. Hope both guys take the rest…

Comment by Corelone on 06-08-2016

Normally you can watch a fight with the sound turned down and get a better idea of what's going on without the commentary. This fight was special. You could turn off the video, listen to the crowd and know it…

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