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Bob Arum: Orlando Salido is ‘a very exciting fighter’


Calling Orlando Salido “a very exciting fighter,” Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum said he could meet with the handlers of the three-time titlist as early as Tuesday toward making fights for the Mexican warrior in the future.

Salido (42-12-2, 29 knockouts) is coming off Saturday night”s seven-knockdown, 11th-round stoppage of Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs), having won his junior lightweight debut at Auditorio Municipal Fausto Guti├®rrez Moreno in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Click here for a video of Salido-Kokietgym.

Kokietgym, whose seven-fight winning streak came to an end, was floored in the first, fourth, seventh and final rounds, the last time for good as referee Eddie Claudio waved an end to the bout at the 16-second mark.

“That was a great victory win for Salido. He’s a very exciting fighter,” said Arum of Salido, 33, “so we’re going to be happy to use him as we go forward.”

Salido was coming off a split decision victory over Vasyl Lomachenko in March before which Salido had already lost his WBO featherweight title on the scales due to being overweight prior to the fight.

Last October, Salido had won a featherweight belt for the third time with a seventh round knockout over Orlando Cruz, regaining the vacant WBO title.

“Basically, we’ve offered Top Rank the services of Orlando against any of their 130-pounders, mainly Diego Magdaleno or [former titleholder] Rocky Martinez” said Sean Gibbons of Zanfer Promotions, who works with Salido.

“Salido’s second-most popular place to fight would be Puerto Rico. If we could financially make something happen with Rocky Martinez, we would love to go back to Puerto Rico, where he’s treated like a world champion.

“What’s next really comes down to where we can maximize the dollars for a fight that would really mean something for Orlando,” said Gibbons. “I spoke to Bob this morning and I’m looking forward to see [Salido] and throwing him into the mix with his guys.”