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Salido: I think we gave Lomachenko a welcome to professional boxing

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


“I’m used to coming in as the underdog and you can always see what I come to do,” said former featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido after turning back two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko’s bid to win a world champion in his second pro fight on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

“[Being an underdog] motivates me. Makes me train harder than ever when they say I’m not going to win, that I have no chance. And as you saw tonight, preparation was the big difference. Lomachenko is a very intelligent fighter, very quick in there, so you have to work hard, be intelligent, and that’s what I did. My experience paid off. I think we gave him a welcome to professional boxing, because it’s always a lot tougher up here in the pros. I think he found out tonight it’s not the same thing.

“Of course, I’m sorry about losing my title on the scales, but I’m ready to go to 130 and fight the champions at 130 and show that I can once again be a world champion.”

The 33-year-old Salido concluded, “I’m going to be around for a long time.”




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