By Michael Shepherd – Saturday, Dec. 9. Four-Time World Champion in two weight divisions, Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs), of Sonora, MX, will face off against fellow Mexican warrior Miguel “Mikey” Roman (57-12, 44 KOs), of Chihuahua, MX, in a 12-round lightweight clash for the vacant WBC Interim Junior Lightweight Title from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Salido was scheduled to fight Miguel Berchelt, but Berchelt suffered a hand injury, forcing him to withdraw from the fight before it was even formally announced.
Salido (44-13-4, 31 knockouts) hasn’t scored a notable win since his controversial victory over Lomachenko in March 2014. The 36-year-old went 0-1-2 between 2015 and 2016, though that includes a debated draw with Roman Martinez that easily could have been awarded in Salido’s favor.
The well-traveled Miguel Roman (57-12, 44 KOs) stopped Nery Saguilan (38-8-1) in the 12th round of his last bout on June 24, 2017. The fight came almost five months after he was knocked out by Takashi Miura (30-3-2) in a fight of the year candidate at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio.
Salido should return to winning ways against Roman and will possibly be eyeing a title shot after this fight.
Also on the HBO telecast will be a 12 round bout between Tevin ”American Idol” Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KOs), of Philadelphia and Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KOs) of Tokoyo, Japan with the vacant IBF junior lightweight title up for grabs. Ogawa and Farmer are ranked fourth and fifth by the IBF, respectfully.
Opening the broadcast will be Former WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs), who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, and two-time world title challenger Stephen “Swifty” Smith (25-3, 15 KOs) in a 12 round super featherweight fight.
Vargas has not fought since his knockout loss to Miguel Berchelt on Jan. 28