This Saturday in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, WBO featherweight champ, Orlando Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) returns to action in a non-title 10-round super featherweight contest against Chilean import, Moises Gutierrez (21-4, 8 KOs).
Salido, who is mulling over possible bouts with either WBC featherweight champ, Jhonny Gonzalez or top challenger, Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia, should have little trouble with the game, but light-hitting Chilean club fighter, Gutierrez. However, it should be noted that some of Salido’s worst recent performances have come against unknown underdogs. For instance, last December, he was dropped twice and nearly stopped by second-tier Filipino journeyman, Weng Haya.
However, the real interest around this Saturday’s bout is in what happens afterward as Salido is looking to take on some solid opposition next.
Brought up on the mean streets of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Salido is as old school as they come these days and learned his craft via tough defeats on the rough Mexican club circuit. Two stoppage wins over Juan Manuel Lopez have earned him the top spot in the featherweight division, but there’s still the impression among some that Salido, although technically solid and tremendously tough, may just be holding the top spot for someone more naturally gifted.
Prospective opponent, Mikey Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs) is scheduled to be on the Salido-Gutierrez undercard in Tepic against an opponent TBA.
At the Domo De La Feria in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, former junior flyweight champ and current flyweight contender, Edgar Sosa (45-7, 27 KOs) will be in action against Japan’s Shigetaka Ikehara (22-3-2, 18 KOs).
Technically a defense of Sosa’s WBC silver flyweight title, Sosa should roll right over Ikehara and keep on in his pursuit of another 112 lb. title shot.
Last October, Sosa dropped a unanimous decision to then-WBC flyweight champ, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. Since then, Sosa is 2-0 with an impressive unanimous twelve round decision victory over tough Wilbert Uicab in his last bout in April.
Ikehara will be venturing outside of Japan for the first time in his nine year career.
Also on Saturday, in Queensland, Australia, 40-year-old former junior middleweight world titlist, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas (100-16-1, 79 KOs) will meet hometown hero, Les Sherrington (28-6, 17 KOs) in a twelve round middleweight bout for a couple of vacant minor titles.
Campas is clearly being brought in as cannon-fodder for Sherrington, but given that Sherrington’s own resume is paper-thin, it might not be the slam-dunk piñata beating his people expected.
Campas has been very busy, fighting five times in 2011 with one bout so far this year and, despite being well past his physical prime, has only been stopped once since 2008. The native of Navojoa, Sonora has shown himself still capable of beating solid second-tier opposition on occasion.