Whilst WBO featherweight champ Orlando Salido is not concerned about being the underdog against a two fight ‘Novice’, his opponent Vasyl Lomachenko is supremely confident of being crowned world champion in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.
Salido vs Lomachenko is one portion of a HBO televised double header at the Alamodome, the big fight on the Top Rank promoted card sees Julio Cesar Chavez Jr rematch Bryan Vera.
Salido and Lomachenko worked out in front of a packed Media at the Zarzamora Street Boxing Gym Wednesday and Salido knows exactly what he is facing with Lomachenko.
"I have being an underdog all my professional career and this fight is no different. I come to fight and do the best I can and I don’t pick my opponents and never have,” said Salido.
“I know why Lomachenko is getting this opportunity. He was one of the best amateur boxers and has two gold medals. I came up the hard way and I worked hard for everything I have."
When asked if Lomachenko was ready for an experienced fighter like him, Salido said: "I guess we will find out on Saturday night. He does have skills. He has fast hands, moves well in the ring, but we will see in the ring if he can take my pressure and constant work rate that I will dish out to him."
It is pretty much unheard of to for a boxer to fight for a world title but Lomachenko is no ordinary boxer and with two Olympic Gold medals and an amateur record of 396 wins against just one defeat, it is easy to understand why Lomachenko is fighting for a world title so early in his pro career.
"I am not nervous at all. I am the one who chose this path to a world title fight,” insisted Lomachenko. “All of this was my decision. Salido has fought the best of the best. He will be a hard fighter to defeat. I like fighters like him with the tough Mexican style. It makes it so much more challenging. Salido is a great champion because he is calm, never talks trash, is cold-blooded and has beaten the best. This is a real fight, a battle."
Click on the link below to watch Lomachenko work out
February 26, 2014