Orlando Salido suffers broken finger
Featherweight titlist Orlando Salido broke his right index finger when his hand was accidentally slammed in a car door, forcing him on Friday to postpone his upcoming defense against Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia.
Salido and Garcia were due to meet Nov. 10 at the Wynn Las Vegas in the main event of an HBO "Boxing After Dark" card.
Sean Gibbons, Salido's manager, told ESPN.com that he was leaving the gym on Wednesday night when he suffered the injury.
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"The worst part of this is that it was not even a boxing-related injury," Gibbons said. "It's just bad luck. One of his guys shut the door on his hand by accident. Just a freak accident.
"We've never had an injury and had to pull out of a fight before. Salido is one of the healthiest guys you'll meet. He's always in condition. He doesn't ever get too far out of shape but these things happen."
Gibbons said that Salido would be ready to fight again in early January.
"This guy was making a very high six-figure payday for this fight," Gibbons said. "Even though he was making a good purse, he's got too much pride and heart just to go through with it and not be 100 percent. He isn't just fighting for the payday. He wants it to heal properly so he can train properly so he can win the fight. Some guys would jump at the payday even if they were injured, just because of the money. But Salido has a lot of pride. He doesn't want to just fight. He wants to win."
Gibbons said Salido would continue to train by running and working on his left hand, and just won't use his right hand until the finger is healed.
"He'll be ready to go any time in January," Gibbons said.
Carl Moretti of Top Rank, which co-promotes Salido with Zanfer Promotions, said he was talking with HBO about possible replacement opponents to face Garcia. If they can't find one, Moretti said they would make an entirely new fight because Top Rank and HBO still plan to go through with the card.
"HBO's intention is to go forward with the card," he said. "I'm talking to them. Everybody is in mind to fight Mikey. It depends on who is available and who we can get."
The co-feature remains intact, a junior middleweight title elimination bout between 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) against Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) for the right to become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs), 31, of Mexico, was due to make the third defense of his 126-pound title. Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs), 24, of Oxnard, Calif., has been waiting patiently for his first title opportunity.
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