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Photos: Orlando Salido in Top Form, Ready For War With Roman

The bright lights of Las Vegas shine on the junior lightweight division when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ORLANDO SALIDO VS. MIGUEL ROMAN, TEVIN FARMER VS. KENICHI OGAWA AND FRANCISCO VARGAS VS. STEPHEN SMITH is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 9 at 10:20 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Mandalay Bay Events Center. The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

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The fights will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

In a night of three 130-pound clashes, the main event features four-time world champion Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs) from Ciudad Obregón, Mexico, now living in Phoenix, taking on Miguel Roman (57-12, 44 KOs) of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico in a 12-round bout.

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With 130 fights between them, veterans Salido and Roman are known for tenacity and fan-friendly styles. Salido was last seen on HBO in June 2016 when he fought Francisco Vargas in an evenly pitched consensus Fight of the Year, resulting in a majority draw decision. Roman was last seen on HBO in January, suffering a memorable hard-fought loss to Takashi Miura.

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The co-main event spotlights Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KOs) and Tokyo’s Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KOs) in a 12-round world title contest. Farmer was on an 18-bout win streak until he was shot in the hand while attempting to break up an altercation at a party. Now recovered, he seeks to resume his championship quest. Fighting in the U.S. for the first time, Ogawa has won 14 straight bouts following his only loss, in 2012. The fight marks the first shot at a world title for either man.

The night opens with Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico taking on Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, UK in a 12-round contest. Vargas looks to get back on a win streak following a majority draw against Orlando Salido and a KO loss to Miguel Berchelt in a brutal fight seen last January on HBO. Smith has knocked out more than half his opponents and is fighting in the U.S. for just the second time. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Catrin on 12-05-2017

GREAT NIGHT FOR BOXING!!! SIRI & VARGAS ON HBO LOMA VS RIGO on ESPN!!!! I just hope the time does not conflict with each other!

Comment by MexicanStyle#1 on 12-05-2017

Two warriors that always give fans what they want... always have fans going crazy in the arena and the same for all those that watch from home!!! that includes me!!!! So excited for this one... have Rigo, Mayweather, or any…

Comment by Mammoth on 12-04-2017

I actually like this card. Stupid counter programming for sure but it should be exciting. Solido and Roman are dumb so that fight should be fun.

Comment by Corelone on 12-04-2017

Smith has a shot, Vargas is worn. An aggressive fighter with fragile skin. Vargas was a boxer, then he turned flat footed for some reason.

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 12-04-2017

I dont get why Salido turned down these paydays for a high risk- low reward foe like Roman. Roman is a bum but is a tough, durable bum. This might be Salido’s last fight smh

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