Orlando Salido: Winner of Wars [Video]

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).

Juan M Lopez: That’s a Wrap!


By Rudy Mondragon

Juan Manuel Lopez (34-5, 31 KOs) was brutally knocked out in the second round by Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (25-1, 19 KOs) in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Lopez looked like damaged goods. He is a fighter who has not recovered from the beatings he received from Orlando Salido, Francisco Vargas, and Mikey Garcia.

Jesus Cuellar did what he needed to do. He won by KO and entertained the fans in attendance. It is a win that puts his name in the mix of the featherweights. It is also a win for Robert Garcia, who will be in Marcos Maidana’s corner on Saturday night as they take on the best ever, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Juan Manuel Lopez will no longer be a top contender in boxing. Should he continue to fight? Based on last night’s performance, it might be in his best interest to walk away from the game that does not forgive a fighters health if they are not careful.

See fight below.

Danny Garcia & The Puerto Rican Market


By Rudy Mondragon 

On March 15, 2014, Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) will take on Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. This is a good fight for Danny Garcia for many reasons. He needs a tune up fight, which this will be. He is coming off a tough fight last Fall against Lucas Matthysse, so he needs to face someone who does not pack much of a punch. But the most important reason this is a good fight is that it is in Garcia’s country of heritage, Puerto Rico.

What does history tell us? Romanticizing  is something that is done in sports and is used in order to capitalize on individual athletes or sports team. In other words, idealized stories are created to cast shadows over bottom line agendas. When Fernando Valenzuela came to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the fans were told that he was the next big thing. And he was, but what gets less attention is that Fernando was the Dodgers ticket to regaining Latina/o fans. Prior to Fernandomania, Latina/o fans boycotted the Dodgers because many Latina/os were displaced from their homes in order to build Dodger Stadium over Chavez Ravine. Jackie Robinson is an amazing story about an athlete of color breaking into an all white sport. The bottom line for the Dodgers, however, was not trying to be racial justice fighters, they wanted to win a championship. This fight between Garcia and Herrera is no different. There is a goal in mind.

Danny Garcia will be fighting in Puerto Rico for the first time in his career. Why is he not fighting in his hometown of Philadelphia? Why is he not fighting in Los Angeles or Las Vegas? There is an intentionality that Golden Boy Promotions in exercising. Fighting in Puerto Rico means tapping into the boxing fan base that currently exists there. Danny has fans in the United States, but the goal of this fight is to get buy-in from the fans who live in the US unincorporated territory that is Puerto Rico.

Tito Trinidad had fans on both sides. The fans knew him and loved him. Same with Julio Cesar Chavez,  Hector “Macho” Camacho, Manny Pacquiao, and many others. Fighters like Oscar De La Hoya, and in this case Danny Garcia, who are US born and bred have a hard time gaining acceptance from the fans of their country of heritage.

This fight represents an opportunity for Golden Boy Promotions and Danny Garcia to tap into a new market. This will afford them more Puerto Rican-based fans and, looking into the future, more pay-per-view sales when Danny Garcia becomes a PPV level fighter.

So in the name of Boxing and Money, tonights fight represents an opportunity to capitalize on Danny Garcia and make financial killings in the future. It does not mean that tonight won’t be exciting though. Tune in tonight and also watch Daniel Ponce De Leon take on Juan Manuel Lopez.

What are your thoughts BMB Fam?