Boxing Preview – Roman Martinez vs Orlando Salido

Boxing Preview – Roman Martinez vs Orlando Salido

Boxing Preview – Roman Martinez vs Orlando Salido  

Following a string of weeks with little in the way of Boxing action, this weekend is one of the biggest on the Boxing calendar. It’s the second fight of the year for the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. There’s lot of cards going on all over the world, however we’ll be focusing on the showcase at the MGM Grand. One of the fights on the undercard might be the best one of the night. In a rematch from April this year, Roman Martinez takes on Orlando Salido in a rematch with high expectations and with the WBO World super featherweight championship on the line.

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Roman Martinez has established himself as a national hero in his native Puerto Rico, a country which proudly makes known that Boxing is the biggest sport. Back on the 12th April 2015, Martinez proved his worth in one of the most electric Boxing crowds of the year in San Juan where Martinez valiantly fought and won the WBO World super featherweight championship which he defends tonight against the man he won it from. Prior to that, he had stopped Herbert Quartey in two rounds in December 2014 and had been stopped by Mikey Garcia in November 2013. He has amassed a record of 29 wins, 17 stoppages, 2 losses and 2 draws.

Martinez has a sticking jab which effectively sets up his best weapon, the right hand. He plants this often by maneuvering into prime positions with fluent movement in his feet. He knows how to take the best offence from his opposition to then expose them once they’ve let down their guard. Whilst he isn’t known as a knockout artist, he has good power in both hands. When trying to let go off his punches in close quarter exchanges, he drops his hands too often which was exposed by Mikey Garcia and can certainly be exploited by Salido.


Orlando Salido has been one of the rare breeds of professional Boxers who has got better with age. Following an average early amateur career, he just got better and better as he got older. The 34 year old from Mexico exemplified the above testimony when he beat the proclaimed best amateur ever, Vasyl Lomachenko, in his second professional fight, an outcome which no one expected in March 2014. He then stopped Terdsak Kokietgym in the eleventh round in a fight which boasted 7 knockdowns in September 2014. He most recently lost to Roman Martinez in April 2015 by decision. His record stands at 42 wins with 29 stoppages, 13 losses and 2 draws.

Salido has forged a career from being a rugged yet calculated brawler. He applies pressure and his happy throwing hands in a phone box brawl but he’ll implement his offence with an elite strategy which sees him carefully pick his punches to inflict efficient damage. He can command the ring too and he knows how to control the tempo. He’s great at making adjustments when he knows his opponent is getting the best of him. Salido may however be one of the easiest upper-level professionals to hit hence why he’s been knocked down fives time in his last two fights. Whilst he is experienced, he has been involved in plenty of wars.

The fight back in April was rightfully considered one of the best of the year and is definitely a shoe-in for Fight of the Year. It’s not very often you’ll hear that someone lost by a single round in a bout where he got knocked down twice and had a point deducted, but Salido did just that.Other than the rounds where points were lost, he dominated and looked incredibly imposing. That is what leads me tempted to side with Salido in the return bout with the possibility that Salido has learned from his mistakes and will make the adjustments, however I just can’t. The Roman Martinez we saw in April was perhaps the best I’ve ever seen him. At this stage in Salido’s career, he’s got by war after war relatively untarnished, however his last two fights have shown that it’s wearing on him now. I think this fight will be another brawl, but Roman Martinez gets a knockdown or two on the way to a more convincing and incredibly hard fought decision victory.

Dan Glozier.

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