Featherweight titlist Orlando Salido and manager Sean Gibbons would love for Salido to challenge junior lightweight titleholder Adrien Broner, but it seems like a remote possibility despite how interesting the fight is. Salido doesn't appear to be on the radar of Broner or his promoter, Golden Boy.
Maybe the fight will eventually happen, but in the meantime, Salido, coming off a 10th-round knockout of Juan Manuel Lopez in their March rematch, has turned his attention elsewhere.
Salido plans to fight this summer in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico (against an opponent to be determined) and then would love to line up a fight with Mexican countryman Jhonny Gonzalez, who retained his version of the 126-pound title on Saturday with a clear decision against former belt holder Elio Rojas.
"This is a fight for the fans," Salido said of his desire to fight Gonzalez. "Neither me or Jhonny takes a backward step. It's a can't-miss action fight -- the way I like it."
I have to agree with Salido. Bombs away, if they ever fight.
Salido's preference, however, remains Broner, who already has a May 19 fight lined up against Gary Sykes, which is, on paper at least, a horrific mismatch.
"Making 126 pounds isn't easy for me," Salido said. "I'd much rather fight Broner. But if Adrien won't accept me as an opponent, then I would sacrifice again to make 126 against Gonzalez."