By Miguel Rivera
Zanfer Promotions will be negotiating a possible rematch between former world champion Orlando 'Siri' Salido and current World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and the fight is being positioned to happen in early August.
Zanfer CEO Fernando Beltran, on behalf of Salido, will go to to the table with Bob Arum of Top Rank, for Lomachenko, to discuss the second fight after Salido picked up a knockout win on Saturday in his native Ciudad Obregon.
In March of 2014, Lomachenko suffered his first and only career defeat in his second pro fight, when Salido pulled off an upset split decision. The outcome was controversial, with Salido failing to make the featherweight limit for the contest, and landing numerous low blows that weren't penalized during the fight.
A source close to Salido told ESPN Deportes that a date in early August is being pursued and the deal should be made - if Salido is properly taken care of when it comes to the financial terms of the fight.
"What was missing was Orlando winning [on Saturday night], and now we have to go to the table and see how much interest there is in the fight, from 'Siri' the interest is evident. He knows that there is money [in that fight] and he feels that he can give another surprise to Lomachenko and his team, so [Salido] would not have any reason to decline the fight if they offer him the amount he expects. It is being discussed for the early part of August," said the source to ESPN Deportes.
This past Saturday, Salido was dropped in the third round by Colombian opponent Arístides Pérez, who took the fight on late notice after the original opponent had issues with his visa, but the Mexican warrior recovered and battled back to score a knockout win.