By Rudy Mondragon
What else is new? Orlando Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) steps into the ring and wins in exciting fashion. The man with the short end of the stick last night was worthy contender, Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs) from Thailand. Both came out swinging in the first round and Terdsak was able to earn the first knockdown. Orland was also awarded with a knockdown, but he earned it via a low blow on Terdsak.
The two fighters combined for a total of 6 knockdowns. Orlando was able to land the knockout in the 11th round after many rounds of brawling from both fighters. The pace of the fight and punishment was too much for Terdsak. Orlando was able to land a hard right and left combination on Terdsak and he was down and out for the count.
The fight could have ended earlier. Referee, Eddie Claudio, made a huge mistake in the sixth round. Orlando was pressing and hurting his man and the referee stepped in to stop the round as he confused the 10 second warning for the end of the round bell. This helped Terdsak recover and last through 10 complete rounds, eventually being stopped in the 11th.
Is Salido back? Can he land a big fight now? Well, Orlando has been in many wars. He is, in my opinion, responsible for taking out all of the fight in JuanMa. Although Salido won both of those fights, he absorbed so much punishment. Not to mention the one sided fight he lost to Mikey Garcia. He lost the fight on a technicality, but nonetheless Salido took home too many punches. All this ring wear makes Salido a risky fighter. It is a given that he is dangerous, but what I am talking about is Salido getting old in his next fight. At age 33, he has made his career out of his brawling, move forward style. In boxing however, that style makes you pay in the long run.
In conclusion, this was a great match up. These two fighters gave each other hell and in the end, it was a battle of who could stay on their feet. These are the fights that happen when you forget about the Reebook and Under Armor sponsorships or who is the A Side and B Side here. Fight fans are provided with an all out exciting fight where pride and the hunt of winning and moving up is at stake. Sure these two are fighting for money, but the winnings are much more than just the CREAM (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).