By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (44-14-4, 31 KOs), 39-years-old, is moving away from boxing and focusing on the world of politics.
Salido is already becoming a political figure in Sonora, Mexico - and this is where he expects his future to play out.
He's been out of the ring since December of 2017, when he suffered an unexpected knockout loss at the hands of Miguel Roman in an HBO televised fight from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
After the loss to Roman, Salido announced his retirement. But it wasn't too long, literally a few days, before Salido revealed his plan to make another run for a world titles.
At the time of the loss, Salido was the WBC's mandatory challenger to WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt. He was initially scheduled to face Berchelt, who withdrew with injury.
At this point, Salido does not expect another fight.
"I'm already retired. During the moments where I mentioned that I had retired, they would come to me and say, 'Wait, we have another good fight for you, say that you did not retire', but I'm saying that I have because my time came to an end in boxing," Salido said.
"I made very good fights with everyone, I never tried to avoid anyone and I think I gave my all to boxing.
"I'm very satisfied [with my career], no one gave me anything, everything I did was based on my effort, chopping stone after stone, wanting to be someone in life, wanting to be world champion."
Salido still remains as the only boxer to defeat three division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who some view as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. He fought the Mexican slugger in only his second pro fight. There were numerous discussions to stage a rematch, but the two sides were never able to agree on either the money or the date.