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Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido fight announced in Los Angeles


WBC 130-pound titleholder Francisco Vargas and former three-time featherweight and junior lightweight beltholder Orlando Salido hosted a Los Angeles press conference on Thursday to discuss their June 4 showdown at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The 12-round WBC title bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
“I’m very grateful to HBO, Golden Boy Promotions and my managers for this opportunity,” said Vargas
(23-0-1, 17 KOs), a 31-year-old 2008 Olympian from Mexico City. “I’m very motivated to be fighting a great warrior like Orlando Salido.
“I’m going to be in the best shape in order to give you a war. Everybody knows when two great Mexican warriors get in the ring, not one of them will take a step back.”
“Thank you to the WBC and Team Vargas for giving me this opportunity,” said Salido
(43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC), a 35-year-old veteran from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. “I am going to be ready; I am preparing myself for a war. We know it’s going to be a great fight.
“I need to prepare myself for ‘Fight of the Year.'”
Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, which is presenting the fight in association with Zanfer Promotions, presided over the press conference.
“The StubHub Center in Carson, California has been home to some of the most epic fights of this era,” said De La Hoya. “This fight will surely be a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate, making it a can’t-miss fight. You hear that, Southern California fight fans? You can’t miss this exciting event so be sure to get your tickets now while they last.
“The fans are going to win and Mexico’s going to win.”
Statements were taken from a press release.