Orlando Salido: If Juanma Wants a Rematch, I'm Ready

By Rey Colon

On Saturday, Mexico's Orlando Salido took very lucrative opportunity to challenge Juan Manuel Lopez for the WBO featherweight title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The crowd of 10,000 became silent when Salido closed the show by stopping Juanma in the eight round to end the Puerto Rican boxer's unbeaten streak.

"I came to Puerto Rico to beat a great champion like Juan Manuel Lopez on his turf. I am very happy and I thank God that I'm leaving with the way I had things planned. We worked not stay in front of him and to avoid his punches. I felt that my punches were hurting him," Salido said.

Salido said the punches of Lopez weren't as strong as he expected so there wasn't any fear to stand there and trade because he felt stronger than the champion.

"He hits hard but not as hard as I thought. In the fifth I hit very well and I hurt him but I was cautious because he is still a puncher. He was dropping shots everywhere but he was still hurt. I felt that I had him but he escaped me. I believe that it was a good stoppage by referee in the eighth because [Juanma] had already lowered his hands and he wasn't really punching back," Salido said.

Salido argued that he is not afraid to give Lopez a rematch in Puerto Rico, even adding that he was never hurt by the Puerto Rican's punches but gave credit to Lopez for landing some good shots.

"I came well prepared mentally and physically. I came with a strategy and I started to use it in the first round. They say that maybe he struggled to make weight but he was under the limit at the weigh-in (125 pounds). Maybe he was already thinking about other fights," Salido said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by elhijoprodigo on 04-18-2011

He was too big in his own mind. Calling himself the most famous right now, talking **** about a mate fellow rican. Walks around with Body guards wtf.. Back to the drawing board and to humility

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 04-18-2011

Unless JuanMa can change his defense, I don't see the rematch going differently. If you really watch this fight, it wasn't close. I know the pro PR crowd was screaming and yelling over anything JuanMa did but in reality, he…

Comment by crow511 on 04-18-2011

i have so many facts tainos never had a chance

Comment by BorderPatrol on 04-18-2011

[QUOTE=crow511;10398869]its facts like resto being the most infamous Boxing cheater(proud puerto rican) that make puerto ricans hypocrites, HBO made a documentary about the taino cheater who fixed his gloves and hand wrappings, it was real pathetic to see the dirty…

Comment by crow511 on 04-18-2011

its facts like resto being the most infamous Boxing cheater(proud puerto rican) that make puerto ricans hypocrites, HBO made a documentary about the taino cheater who fixed his gloves and hand wrappings, it was real pathetic to see the dirty…

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