Former featherweight champion Orlando Salido will return home in hopes of adding more gold to his trophy case when he clashes with former contender Terdsak Kokietgym for the interim junior lightweight title, Sept. 20, at Ciudad Obregon, Mexico.
Salido (41-23-2, 28 KOs) is coming off back-to-back wins over Orlando Cruz and Vasyl Lomachecnko. He dropped the featherweight to Garcia via technical decision back in the eighth round in 2013. Although Salido beat Orlando Cruz to win his second featherweight title – Garcia had been stripped after failing to make weight for his title defense against Juan Manuel Lopez – he was later stripped for failing to make weight for his title defense against Lomachenko.
Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs) is riding a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t lost since he dropped a decision to Takahiro Ao back in 2012.
This is a big opportunity for Kokietgym, who has had trouble in the past against top opponents. Although he has won a plethora of regional titles, he has yet to win a world title. If he beats Salido, it will be the biggest win of his career. However, facing a big-fight veteran like Salido – especially in the man’s hometown – is something Kokietgym may not be prepared for.
The WBO is sanctioning the interim title bout due to current 130-pound title holder Mikey Garcia’s inactivity and lawsuit with Top Rank Boxing, WBO attorney Luis Batista-Salas wrote in the organization’s letter sanctioning the fight.
Batista-Salas added that Garcia plans to move up in weight and the interim title will keep the division active. Garcia hasn’t fought since he defended his title against Juan Carlos Burgers back in January.
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