After losing out on a world title shot after WBC 130-pound champion Miguel Berchelt was ruled out for the remainder of the year with an inflamed right hand, Orlando Salido had to find a new opponent.
Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s), 36, a Mexico native residing in Arizona, a former two-division world champion, will instead face Miguel “Mickey” Roman on Dec. 9 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a scheduled 12-round lightweight contest. He was last seen in the ring in May when he stopped Aristides Perez in a scheduled 10-round affair in Mexico.
Roman (57-12, 44 KO’s), 31, of Mexico, who lost in his only world title bout by knockout to Antonio DeMarco in March 2012, will enter the ring for the third time in 2017. He was knocked out by former world champion Takashi Miura in a non-title bout in January, and moved up to lightweight in June, defeating Nery Saguilan via 12th-round technical knockout to win the vacant WBC FECOMBOX lightweight title.
On the co-feature, Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer fights for his first world title against Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa. They will be competing for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship.
Also, former titleholder Francisco Vargas, who fought Salido in a memorable 2016 world title fight, will potentially face former silver champion, Stephen Smith.