By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Orlando 'Siri' Salido arrived in Big Bear for a test run with Mexican trainer Abel Sanchez, as the veteran fighter prepares for his next fight set for November 25 in New York against an opponent yet to be defined, according to manager Sean Gibbons.
It had been said that Salido was going to face Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo as part of the undercard of Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabransky from New York's Madison Square Garden Theater, but Gibbons said he has yet to confirm that.
"Salido came to Big Bear this week to see if he's a good fight (with the gym and with Abel Sánchez), there is nothing certain but he will be working there for now," said Gibbons to ESPN Deportes. "We are still discussing what we are discussing, we hope to have it resolved soon."
Salido trains regularly in his native Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, with the assistance of Santos Moreno, his trainer, but with Abel Sánchez he may intend to give a new direction to his career in search of a decent closure, in search of big fights.
He needs to win on November 25 to secure the opportunity to go for the World Boxing Council super featherweight title, currently owned by Miguel 'Alacrán' Berchelt. Both Salido and Berchelt have a working relationship with Zanfer Promotions.
Sánchez is best known as the head trainer of middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev and he is also training another Mexican, Alex Saucedo, original from Meoqui, Chihuahua, who is fighting for Top Rank.
Salido, 36, is 44-13-4 and 31 KOs. He was featherweight and super featherweight world champion and has been involved in several Fight of The Year contenders, including the 2016 FOTY winner when he fought a twelve round war with Francisco Vargas for the 130-pound green and gold belt.