By Steve Kim
On June 4th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, WBC 130-pound titlist Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido waged a memorable battle that ended in a draw. But it looks like an immediate rematch is not in the cards.
Sean Gibbons, who advises Salido told BoxingScene.com on Thursday,"We had a meeting at Golden Boy yesterday and we were told Francisco Vargas wants easy fights. Salido laughed,'HA HA HA, nothing in my life I've ever gotten is easy.'"
So what now?
"I just spoke to Orlando,"said Gibbons,"and he was chuckling he wasn't surprised. From the moment the bell sounded to end the fight, all Vargas has said at the press conference after and any media he spoke to is,'Well, I want an easy fight, I don't want Salido.' Orlando said,'That's bullshit, I've never turned down a challenge."
The focus now turns to a rematch with current WBO super featherweight titlist, Vasyl Lomachenko, who Salido defeated in controversial fashion in March of 2014 for the WBO featherweight belt where Salido not only failed to make weight but landed numerous low blows during that fight, which happened to be the second pro outing for Lomachenko, who came on strong in the late rounds.
''Orlando told me,'All I'm hearing from Lomachenko is why I beat him the first time and I'm not making any excuses - but I want him at 100-percent. Lomachenko hasn't even seen 100-percent of me and he has the belt that rightfully belongs to me. I beat Rocky Martinez, that belt is my belt. I beat Lomachenko, I beat Martinez and I'm coming to get that WBO belt."
On June 11th Lomachenko dismantled Martinez in five rounds to capture the WBO belt that the rugged Puerto Rican had won the previous year from Salido.
"So Orlando Salido told me to tell Fernando Beltran - who is our promoter - to make a deal with Bob Arum. We want Lomachenko,"said Gibbons.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.