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Every now and then legends are spoken of in boxing. Epic fights like Gatti vs Ward, Corrales vs Castillo and Morales vs Barrera are uttered like they were global events with reverence like the attacks on the World Trade Center, where bystanders recollect exactly what they were doing at the exact moment the towers fell in New York.
You can now add Francisco Vargas versus Orlando Salido to that list of fights. In an absolute war that was too entertaining to attempt to score the judges saw it the same way I did and said, “screw it, it’s a draw”.
After a minute of feeling out in the first round the two Mexicans came together in a clash of leather and violence to bring credence to the famous reputation of the StubHub Center in Carson, California for hosting the best action fights.
Vargas would land almost at will and Salido would counter with a right hand that couldn’t miss in a battle of attrition that saw no man wilt down the stretch.
“It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action,” said Salido after the fight.
Vargas said “I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn’t expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. Overall, I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior.”
According to Compubox Vargas landed 386 out of 1184 total punches compared to 328 of 939 for Salido. Total power shots were 316 of 817 for Salido and 299 of 776 for Vargas. Of their 714 combined punches landed 615 were power punches and the action never let up.
Golden Boy is making good on its promise to force the best to fight the best as they matched two local Los Angeles favorites and stars of their LA Fight Club series at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez 17-0 (9KO’s) and Abraham “El Chamaco” Lopez 20-1-1 (15KO’s).
The cross town rivals started the show strong, landing big shots in the first through third rounds as each man tried to assert himself as the dominant force. In the fourth round Ramirez landed a barrage of punches that slowed Lopez’s output and put him in position to take control of the action.
Lopez would have his moments but Ramirez demonstrated more violence of action and scored the heavier shots down the stretch and appeared to put the fight out of reach. In a stunner of a decision on scores of 97-93 twice and 98-92 Lopez beat Ramirez via unanimous decision.
In the battle of La Puente versus East Los Angeles, La Puente would have its day and shock the media on writer’s row.
After the fight Ramirez said “I know that he won some rounds but I thought I did very well out there. I feel the decision should have been much closer but it is what it is and that’s boxing.”
Lopez commented “I was able to counter his punches, this victory opens doors for me, it moves me up to the next level in my career and gives me the opportunities to fight for a world title.”
Compubox stats for the fight showed Ramirez landing more with 241 of 665 compared to Lopez’s 213 of 618. Ramirez landed more power punches with 216 of 433 compared to 181 of 471 for Lopez.