The Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomochenko has been denied history over the weekend by narrowly losing to Mexican Orlando Salido in their WBO Featherweight match.
Lomochenko who was a former amateur star, compiling a record of 396 victories and just 1 defeat, was attempting to win the world title in just his second fight as a professional and enter boxing’s record books. Although 33 year old Salido who has fought professionally for 18 years and was 40-12-2, 28KOs heading into the bout, proved the professional ranks are a whole different game than the amateurs.
Salido held the WBO title heading into the fight, but after coming in overweight on the scales was stripped of the championship, making it only available for Lomochenko, had he won. With Lomochenko suffering defeat the title is now vacant.
Although Lomochenko put up a rally in the late rounds, Salido’s work early in the fight secured him a split decision victory. Two judges scored it for Salido 116-112 and 115-113, while the other gave it to the Ukrainian 115-113.
Chavez Jr Convincing Over Vera
In September last year the pair fought, with Chavez Jr caming in overweight for the bout and was consequently forced to pay six figures to Vera. After 10 rounds that night, Vera looked to have beaten the former Middleweight title holder, but judges controversially gave the decision to Chavez.
This time Chavez Jr came in shape and determined to erase that poor September performance from everybody’s minds. He left no doubt as he piled up points over the 12 rounds, scoring the victory 117-110, 117-110 and 114-113.
Following the fight, Chavez Jr and promoter Bob Arum said they would like to face undefeated WBA and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next.