Salido_Trains in Puerto Rico (pic Jose Perez)
Former world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido arrived late Monday evening in Puerto Rico and held a Media Workout on Tuesday at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where he was welcomed by two-time world champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon.
Salido will challenge unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma’’ Lopez this Saturday, April 16 in the main event to be broadcast live on Showtime (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Salido and his team, Jose Santos, Victor Barron and Armando Castro, met the media and worked out for one hour, hitting the mitts, speed bag and shadow boxing. Salido stated that he was almost on weight for the 126-pound clash at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Below is what Salido had to say at Tuesday’s workout:
ON FIGHTING IN PUERTO RICO:
"I have everything to gain and nothing to lose, all the pressure is on him(Lopez). He is the champion. He’s fighting at home and everyone expects him to win. Let’s see if he can deliver. I did not come all this way to lay down for him"
ON JUANMA LOPEZ:
"I do believe that he is the best featherweight in the world and a great champion, but he also likes to fight and that will be to my advantage. We both have power and will test each other all night"
ON FIGHTING FOR A WORLD TITLE AGAIN:
"This is a great opportunity for me. I worked very hard for nearly two and half months and just feel great. My confidence is sky high for this fight. I know this could be my last chance and I want to take advantage of it"
ON WHAT KIND OF FIGHT HE EXPECTS
"I know it will be a war and that it will be tough for both us. I know Juanma comes with everything in the first few rounds and I will have to be smart and stay focused at all times. I believe that the longer the fight goes it will be to my advantage. I know that he is not the same fighter in the end that he is in the beginning"
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAMBOA AND LOPEZ:
"From fighting Gamboa and from what I seen of Lopez, I believe that Lopez is the more well-rounded boxer. Gamboa still fights like an amateur at times and he is very fast, but Juanma looks like he has more power. I guess I find out more on Saturday night"
ON THIS CAMP AND THE ONE FOR GAMBOA:
"I did not have a very good camp for the Gamboa fight because I went to Mexico City to train and I just never got comfortable. This time I trained in Nogales and Ciudad Obregon and feel a lot better about my preparation. That’s what I did for the Cristobal Cruz fight when I won the title and that’s what I should have done for the Gamboa fight"
April 12, 2012