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Miguel Roman set to return following Orlando Salido war

Mickey Roman (right) and Orlando Salido battled toe-to-toe for nine grueling rounds on Dec. 9 in Las Vegas. Photo / @HBOboxing
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Miguel “Mickey” Roman returns to the ring Saturday night and the Mexican boxer-puncher’s confidence will be soaring.

Roman, who is rated No. 8 by THE RING at 130 pounds, has been a long-time contender who scored the biggest victory of his career to date on Dec. 9, dropping Orlando Salido three times en route to a ninth-round technical knockout.

Tonight, the 32-year-old veteran faces Aristides Perez at the Gimnasio Municipal ‘Jose Neri Santos’ in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The 10-round bout will air live throughout Mexico on Televisa.

Having turned professional in 2003, Roman (58-12, 45 knockouts) has twice challenged for world honors, losing both times (at featherweight and lightweight).

Following the Salido triumph, however, Roman was installed as mandatory challenger for WBC 130-pound titleholder Miguel Berchelt, who defends against Maxwell Awuku in Cancun this evening.

Perez (31-10-2, 17 KOs), who resides in Cartagena, Colombia, stopped overmatched Alex Barrios in four rounds on Oct. 28. In his prior outing, he was stopped by Salido in seven.

Also on the Promociones del Pueblo card, flyweight contender Diana Fernandez (16-2, 3 KOs) will face Noemi Bosques (11-10-2, 3 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

 

Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing

 

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  • Teddy Reynoso

    I don’t believe that the division is bereft of talent that it keeps on recycling old statesmen like Roman and Salido to get fan attention. Aside from Lomachenko who is reportedly moving up and Berchelt who is obligated to fight Roman, the division also has an exciting bunch of relatively younger studs in Machado, Corrales, Farmer, Kogawa and Magali to keep the fans interested.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Questionable weather Davis and Corrales will fight at 130 again – nor should they if their last outing is the best they can do at this weight – hopefully those performances were just hiccups from getting lazy after their first decent purses – although in Corrales’ case the his form in the previous bout wasn’t that great either.

      There still good fights to be mande among the other guys but maybe not the name recognition to enable the flow of funds that gets them to face each other.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Quick turn around time from a brutal fight by today’s standards. Hopefully he can capitalize on this momentum both physically and publicity-wise by staying active.

    Although the result of the Salido fight may have been more a case of Salido’s age & mileage finally pushing him off the cliff he’s been inching closer to, there was also signs of hard work by Roman to improve his technical form, keeping a little tighter stance and a little more consistency with keeping his punches straighter. n addition to the toughness he always brings.