Salido: I'd Like To See Lomachenko Try To Clown With Rigondeaux

By Ryan Burton

Mandalay Bay, LAS VEGAS, NV - Orlando Salido (44-13-4) is very focused with the task at hand.  On Saturday he faces rugged Mickey Roman (57-12) in the main event of a HBO televised triple header. 

Across the country in New York, there is another big fight taking place in the 130 pound division.  For the first time ever, two two-time Olympic gold medalists will square off when Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux enter the ring.

When asked about the fight, Salido, who has the distinction of being the only man to defeat Lomachenko in the pro ranks, couldn't pick a winner.

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"Who knows? They are both very technical fighters. They both move a lot. I think it will resemble an amateur style fight where they just try to outpoint each other," Salido told

Lomachenko has been red hot lately, stopping six opponents in a row. Fighters like Nicholas Walters and Jason Sosa have either quit or had their corners through in the towel because they haven't been able to deal with the Ukrainian's punch output and airtight defense. 

The 29-year-old has also been very flamboyant in the ring with the way he showboats against his competition.  He didn't fight that way against Salido and Salido believes that he only does after he breaks his competitor's spirit.

"He feels that he is superior. I see how he tries to clown them and he doesn't really respect them. He does it when he knows that his opponent can't do anything and he will continue to clown him more and more," Salido explained.

With that being said, Salido doesn't think that Lomachenko will try those tactics against the Cuban, who's skill set is on par with Lomachenko's.

"I would like to see him try it against Rigo. I think Rigo is fast and has the same ability. I don't think he will be able to clown around against him," said Salido who believes that Rigondeaux will be extremely motivated for this fight.

"Motivation is very important. No one ever wants to fight him so he is coming up to 130 to get a big money fight. I don't think he really would have moved up if he had any other options."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 12-15-2017

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;18317189]the white hype is getting his ass whooped![/QUOTE] I guess Loma ****ed that boy up....

Comment by Shadoww702 on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Rampad;18322075]Is that a bad thing now?[/QUOTE] Only when you cry about someone else being bigger than u

Comment by D4thincarnation on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18322014]LIAR! I just saw the fight. FUK Rig. looked like an INFANT compared to Loma.[/QUOTE] Maybe he should stop cheating and ducking his head bellow the belt line then.

Comment by richardt on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18322014]LIAR! I just saw the fight. FUK Rig. looked like an INFANT compared to Loma.[/QUOTE]Actually, Rigo looked like he was 1 foot tall and Lom looked like the jolly green giant at least 30 feet tall.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=GMAN SUPREME;18322085]did you attend the lomachenko vs rigo fight?[/QUOTE] No. It sold out too quick. But, man, did I dodge a bullet. I would’ve flipped the fu[I]c[/I]k out if I paid money for that, got all hyped up, and had…

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