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Roman's Trainer Believes Orlando Salido is There For The Taking

By Steve Kim

This Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas there is an all-Mexican super featherweight battle between Orlando Salido and Miguel 'Micky' Roman, which will be broadcast on HBO.

Veteran trainer, Rudy Hernandez, is now working with Roman (57-12/44 KO's) and he says bluntly - "I'm expecting a war, I'm expecting it to be a candidate for 'fight of the year' and I think it's going to be a really, really tough fight for both."

Both Salido and Roman bring in rugged, no-frills styles into the ring.

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"I told (Roman),'come round one, come out fighting strong,' the fight [has] now been turned into a ten rounder so we have ten rounds to try to get in as fast as possible in our favor and maybe even end it before the tenth round,"said Hernandez, who believes that Salido (44-13-4/31 KO's) at age 37 is ready to be pushed off the cliff.

"As sad as it is, it's just the way boxing is," he explained. "I'm hoping that he just got old and that would be to our advantage."

The co-main event of the show will spotlight 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. 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 10-round contest. Vargas looks to get back on a win streak following a majority draw against 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.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Idunnoshet on 12-09-2017

Was gonna go with Salido KO8 . But with him struggling to make weight it Should be an even Fight .

Comment by Czarczar on 12-09-2017

I see Salido getting dropped multiple times, maybe overcoming it.

Comment by nycsmooth on 12-09-2017

One never knows about Salido but I questioned Mickey he has taken such a god-awful punishment in the fights I have seen him, almost worse than Salido... but he keeps coming on but who knows what the long-range effects may…

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