By Miguel Rivera
Mexico's Orlando Salido has no problem with facing WBO super featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko on a date in December, according to Salido's manager Sean Gibbons.
A few weeks ago, Gibbons revealed that both sides were close to an agreement to collide on August 5th in the main event of an ESPN televised card, but a hand injury to Salido caused the fight to fall apart.
Lomachenko was instead matched with Miguel Marriaga, who moved up from the featherweight division. Marriaga was battered over seven rounds before the fight was stopped.
Salido still stands as the only boxer to defeat Lomachenko as a pro, from when they collided back in 2014. The fight drew a lot of controversy because Salido failed to make weight, came into the ring as a much bigger fighter and then made it a very rough outing for Lomachenko, who complained afterwards that he was tagged by numerous low blows.
Gibbons believes Lomachenko needs Salido to draw more people to the arena and to the television screens.
"We know that Lomachenko wants the second fight with Salido, he has made a lot of progress, but he knows that Orlando is the one who can make things a lot more complicated," Gibbons said to ESPN Deportes.
"But we are going to negotiate, they know that with Salido they can raise the TV ratings and take the fight to a bigger venue that can hold at least 10 thousand."
Lomachenko's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, mentioned Salido as a potential opponent for December. He also mentioned super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt.
But Salido also has other options, like Berchelt, Gervonta Davis, another super featherweight champion who is going to fight on Aug. 26 and is with Floyd Mayweather. WBA champion Jezreel Corrales, who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, is also an option for Salido.