It’s true we’ve been fed some take-it-or-leave-it affairs in recent weeks, but Salido vs Miura promises to be anything but. This battle of hard-hitting, explosive Junior Lightweights is officially set to unfold on December 17th at The Forum, Inglewood, California. No glitzy belts are currently on the line here, but really, when you’ve got fighters like this locking horns does it really matter?
As it stands, Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO) holds the No.2 spot in BB’s Top 10 Rankings, while Miura (30-3-2, 23 KO) rides the No.4 position. The major appeal is the fact that both of these guys are well-known for going to war from the first bell, of course making them extremely fan-friendly. The pair produced Fight of the Year candidates in recent outings, with both taking WBC champion Francisco Vargas (our No.1) into very deep waters.
Salido may have turned in the better result, settling for a Majority Draw after a back-and-forth 12-rounder in June, but Miura also came close to bringing the upset last November. Miura waged war with Vargas, managing to score a knockdown along the way before being blasted out in the 9th round. Not bad for a US debut. And so, with veteran Salido still renowned for being a bad-ass spoiler, and Miura having earned newfound US fans, this rather tasty bout has come to fruition.
According to Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya, a couple of emerging charges such as Frankie Gomez (Welter No.10) and Joseph Diaz (Feather No.10) could be showcasing their talents on the same night. Middleweight powerhouse, David Lemieux (Middle No.5), who bounced back from a GGG thrashing by crushing Glen Tapia in May, is also a possibility for the undercard. Should these guys feature, this could be a very good show, indeed. And if they’re matched well, then Salido vs Miura could be an unmissable fight night to close out the year.
What say you, fight fans? How do you see Salido vs Miura unfolding in California?