Orlando Salido (43-13-4 30 KOs) is in line for a rematch with WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1 5 KOs). Salido gave Lomachenko his only loss when Lomachenko asked for and got a title shot in his second professional fight. This time around Salido will be the challenger and a huge underdog as Lomachenko has risen in weight and seemingly found his groove in the professional apparatus. Lomachenko went 396-1 in the amateurs.
Orlando Salido was scheduled to face former WBC champion Takashi Miura in Los Angeles on December 17th with the winner set to face current WBC champion Francisco Vargas whom Salido fought to a draw with last summer. Salido suffered a back injury in training for the Miura fight and had to pull out. Miura has since been scheduled in another fight in which the winner will still get a shot at Vargas. With Salido out of the WBC picture, WBO champion Lomachenko will get a chance to avenge his lone loss.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has brought up Salido’s name multiple times. With all other champions and top contenders scheduled in fights and Top Rank’s desire to have Lomachenko fight 3 or possibly 4 times next year, Salido makes the most sense with his availability and his action fighting style that HBO execs would like to televise again. Expect this fight in the first quarter of 2017 after Salido has been medically cleared to fight.