WBO featherweight champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (30-0, 27 KO) will look to retain his title against former IBF featherweight champion, Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22 KO), this Saturday night. This 12-round featherweight bout will be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and shown on Showtime’s World Championship Boxing series.
Salido won the IBF’s share of the featherweight crown with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Cristobal Cruz, in May of 2010. Salido was stripped of the title on September 11, 2010, for weighing more than 10 pounds over the featherweight limit in the morning of the fight. He lost a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision to WBA featherweight titlist, Yuriorkis Gamboa, on the same night.
The undefeated Lopez is coming off last November’s 8-round TKO victory over long-time bantamweight and super bantamweight titlist, Rafael Marquez. After 8 rounds of back and forth action dominated mostly by Lopez, a shoulder injury forced Marquez to retire on his stool before the start of the 9th round.
— Tim Harrison