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Vargas, Salido battle to a scintillating draw

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido

What was talked to become the Fight of The Year lived up to the hype as veteran Orlando Salido challenged Francisco Vargas for the WBC featherweight title in what was an exciting bout from round one that had the crowd on its feet throughout the contest.

The end result of the HBO televised bout was a majority draw yet the mostly full crowd at the Stub Hub Center was far from dissatisfied as both Vargas and Salido emptied their tanks and left the fans with yet another memorable bout at the best venue in Southern California for boxing, the SHC.

The scores of the bout were 115-113 once and 114-114 twice in a bout that had many momentum changes as both fighters had their moments in the fight.  With the result, Vargas retains both his WBC title and undefeated record of 23-0, 17KO.

“I feel really good about the decision,” said Vargas about the action packed bout that featured no knockdowns yet near non-stop action.  “I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however, I didn’t expect for hom to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face.  Overall, I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior.  I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness.”

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“It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action.  It was a great spectacle for all the fans.  They got what they wanted.  They wanted to see blood and they saw blood.  I would welcome another fight with him.  I believe I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch.”

In the nights co-feature, Abraham Lopez outpointed Julian Ramirez in a match of undefeated Golden Boy Promotions contenders.

Lopez, (21-0, 15KO) was able to outwork Ramirez over 10 rounds in what was a closely fought contest with the scores of 97-93 twice and 98-92.

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