The reigning and defending WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0-27 KO’s) of Puerto Rico will make his third defense Saturday night April 16, 2011 against #9 ranked challenger Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22 KO’s) of Mexico at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamo, Puerto Rico.
Is Juan Manuel Lopez choosing an easy fight against Orlando Salido? Would this be the fight that the fans wanted to see on Juan Ma? This might be a preparatory fight for Juan Ma as there are speculations that he will be facing a tough and durable foe against Yuriorkis Gamboa within this year. Juan Manuel Marquez is now becoming a big star in boxing as he maintain his unblemished record and now facing the #9 contender is almost a sure win for him.
Though this can be considered as an interesting fight because Salido is coming off of a one-sided loss to WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa last September, yet is being given another title shot despite the loss. It is really a decision that the Lopez camp intended to do. This is to test if their fighter can surpassed on what Gamboa did to Salido. This will be gauge if their fighter is ready for a megafight against Yuriorkis Gamboa later this year.
Gamboa easily dismantled Salido now question is if Juan Manuel Lopez would be able o easily or struggle to beat Orlando Salido on their fight. It would not be certain though, but if Juan Ma will not be able to perform what was expected, then it will come up that he cannot beat Yuriorkis Gamboa. Juan Manuel Lopez has a power and he is known for his knocking power and he never been in the situation where he was struggling to win.
Does this fight interest the fans? They might watch this because they want to see how Juan Manuel Lopez performs. The will try to see if Juan Ma can really give Yuriorkis Gamboa a fight if the two will collide later this year.
Orlando Salido will have not a chance to beat Juan Ma in this fight and though he will try to make an upset but that would be a slim chance. He will be fighting because that’s what the team Lopez wanted to do. Juan Manuel Lopez will definitely trying to knockout Salido as early as he can to end all speculations about his status as the WBO Featherweight Champion in the world.
Make it happen, Lopez vs. Gamboa in 2011!