CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO- Two warriors of the countries with most boxing tradition faces this Saturday, April 11, when the Mexican Orlando "Siri" Salido defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight belt against former two time world champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez, from Puerto Rico, in "The War", that will be held at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer and will be broadcast on Pay Per View in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The Salido-Martínez clash marks a new chapter in the world battles between Mexico and Puerto Rico, well-known in world boxing history and also this is the return of world boxing at Coliseo de Puerto Rico, which had as its most recent show on July, 2010, when Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez beat the Filipino Bernabe Concepcion with a second round KO.
The main event feature Siri Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) vs. Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs) in the first defense of the title Salido won in September 2014 when he defeated Terdsak Kokietgym by TKO in 11 rounds. In that fight Salido went to the canvas three times and Kokietgym was down four times.
"We are ready for a war. We know Rocky Martinez and I know he is a strong fighter who comes forward, so I expect a hard fight on Saturday," Salido said. "Here in Puerto Rico I won two great fights (against Juanma Lopez) and fans has been very good to me, so I am comfortable and focused on this fight."
Salido, a native of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, is unbeaten against Puerto Rican boxers. The veteran fighter has faced four Puerto Rican fighters, with five victories over them. In 2002, a young Salido won a decision over then veteran Carlos "Topo" Gerena in Texas, in 2004 Salido came to Puerto Rico to defeated Omar Adorno by knockout in four rounds, in 2011 and 2012, again in Puerto Rico, Salido beat Juanma Lopez by TKO in eight rounds and KO in 10 rounds, respectively, while in 2013 he defeated Orlando Cruz by KO in Las Vegas.
While Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs) will attempt to be crowned for the first time in Puerto Rico, as his other two belts were won by a technical knockout in four rounds over then monarch Nicky Cook in the United Kingdom in 2009 and a split decision victory over Mexican Miguel Beltran Jr. in Las Vegas in 2012. In his most recent bout, Martinez won by a second rounds knockout over Herbert Quartey on December 20, 2014.
"I am in great condition, as never in my career. Salido is a strong opponent, who comes to fight, so I have to be in top condition, as I know I am," Martinez said. "And for me there is an extra motivation, first to fight again in Puerto Rico but most important to win the world title in my country".
In "The War," co-main event the former world title challenger Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez (23-1, 18 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title against the Mexican Marvin "Cachorro" Quintero (26-5, 22 KOs) to 10 rounds.
In another co-main fight, the flyweight world contender McWilliams Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) is going to face Mexican Ismael "Sapito" Garnica (13-6-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounds fight on the flyweight division.
Also at 10 rounds, the Cuban Yoandris "El Niño" Salinas (20-1-2, 13 KOs) will face the Mexican Martin Ricardo Alvarado (7-4, 6 KOs) at super bantamweights. Salinas comes from a shock defeat by TKO in five rounds against the Mexican Enrique Quevedo in July 2014.
In six round bouts, prospect from Caguas, John Karl Sosa (12-0, 6 KOs) will face Joaquin Chavez (9-13, 2 KOs) in a six round junior welterweightbout; New Yorker Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa (10-0, 5 KOs) will fight at junior welterweight versus Moises Rios (5-2, 4 KOs), and the American Ryan Martin (11-0, 6 KOs) will face Miguel "Mikito" Soto (12-5, 12 KOs) at lightweights.
Two four rounds complete the card when, José "Chino" Lopez (3-0, 2 KOs) faces Ray Rivera (1-3-1) at lightweights, and Roy Mendez (1-0) will take on debutant Oscal Lopez in the junior flyweights.
"The War" between Salido and Martinez will be broadcast on Pay Per View at $39.95 for Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all Cable TV and Satellite systems. Pay Per View starts at 9:00 p.m. (ET) with Sosa-Chavez, Arroyo-Garnica, Gonzalez-Quintero and Salido-Martinez.
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