Orlando Salido happy with neutral venue, vows to regain world title
Rugged Mexican Orlando Salido is looking forward to his return with Rocky Martinez on September 12 given the fact his WBO super featherweight title holding opponent won’t be getting home advantage.
The pair shared entertaining rounds back in April on Martinez’s home soil in Suan Juan, Puerto Rico, although Salido now gets the chance to regain the belt he lost when they rematch on the high profile Floyd Mayweather v Andre Berto undercard.
Salido, who will be aiming to avoid a 14th defeat on the night, hopes to become a five-time world champion at the MGM Grand and wants to be given the freedom to do his work by the third man in the ring on the night.
“I’m definitely going to regain this title for Mexico. I don’t feel it. I know it,” said Salido.
“I am very happy we are fighting in a neutral territory for our rematch, not in Puerto Rico again. I was very prepared for the first fight but the referee wouldn’t let me fight my fight. It seemed the referee was talking to me the whole 12 rounds. I was trying to focus only on my opponent, but I couldn’t.
“I’m very excited about this fight. This is a very special month for Mexico and in particular because of that, I’m going to get this victory,” he added.
The 34 year-old amazingly spent 17 years as a featherweight following his decision to turn pro at just 15 and suffered a large portion of his losses in his early days in the paid ranks.
Since 2002, Salido has lost five times in his career, all of which have come at world title level to Juan Manuel Marquez, Cristobal Cruz, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Mikey Garcia and Martinez himself.