Orlando Salido, right, trades punches with Vasyl Lomachenko during their featherweight title fight in March 2014 in San Antonio. Salido won a split-decision/AP photo by Eric Gay
Orlando Salido of Mexico has held the WBO and IBF featherweight world titles, but he has never had a WBC title, which is a favorite among Mexican fighters because of its long history and because the organization is based in Mexico. City.
Salido will have the chance to realize his dream when he challenges countryman Francisco Vargas for his WBC super featherweight belt on June 4 at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO).
“I am very anxious to get in the ring and very motivated that I will face a great champion and fight for the prestigious WBC belt, a championship that I have dreamed of fighting for since I was 12 years old and saw my idol Julio Cesar Chavez wear it with pride and honor,” Salido said this week from his training camp in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
Vargas is 23-0-1 with 17 knockouts. Salido is 43-13-3 with 30 knockouts. He also has held an interim WBO super featherweight belt.
Miguel Cotto/Photo courtesy of Associ
The World Boxing Council on Tuesday stripped Miguel Cotto of his middleweight title for what the WBC said was his refusal to comply with its rules and regulations. Cotto was set to defend his belt against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). The fight is still on at this time, but Cotto won’t be able to walk away from it as champion, even if he wins, based on the WBC’s action.
Here is part of a statement released by the WBC and its president, Mauricio Sulaiman:
“After several weeks of communications , countless attempts and good faith time extensions trying to preserve the fight as a WBC World Championship, Miguel Cotto and his promotion did not agree to comply with the WBC Rules & Regulations, while Saúl Alvarez has agreed to do so. Accordingly, the WBC must rule on the matter prior to the fight.
“The WBC hereby announces that effective immediately has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as WBC World Middleweight Champion. If Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wins the fight against Cotto, he will be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion .
“The WBC’s decision is premised on the fact that Miguel Cotto and his camp are not willing to abide by the governing WBC Rules & Regulations, and the specific conditions the WBC established to sanction the fight. Simply put: they are not willing to respect the very same rules and conditions which applied to Cotto becoming WBC champion. The WBC wishes Miguel Cotto the best of luck as we truly regret the course of action which led to them taking such decision.”
The WBC did not spell out exactly where Cotto failed to live up to his obligations. But several outlets are reporting that Cotto refused to play the $300,000 sanctioning fee for Saturday’s bout.
Several outlets are reporting that Jose Sulaiman, the longtime president of the World Boxing Council, has died at the age of 82.
According to one story on BoxingScene.com, Sulaiman had some kind of operation on his heart in October and appeared to be showing improvement. His son, Mauricio, said his father then took a turn for the worse.