Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Orlando Salido Live Blog and Scorecard
Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez looks to further his case in anticipation of a big fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa when he steps into the ring with world-class featherweight Orlando Salido.
Bleacher Report Boxing Featured Columnist Dave Carlson will be live-blogging the fight and providing his scorecard and analysis.
He also has been live-blogging the Berto-Ortiz fight on KissingTheCanvas.com here.
The fighters touch gloves before the round, and both start off with some effective punches. Salido lands a good flurry 20 seconds in.
Salido's looping right is consistently finding a target, and he starts landing with his left. During a good flurry, in which both guys are trading, the ref steps in and calls off the fight, giving Salido a TKO victory.
Lopez is not happy, and Al Bernstein and I don't disagree with his sentiment. He was taking punches, but he was landing some, too.
Wow, the first loss for Juan Manuel Lopez in his career. Juanma had just broken into the Pound for Pound top 10, and Salido took him out. Tough break for Juanma, but he was taking some punishment and I think the fight should have gone on.
Huge upset! Juanma takes his first loss, and Salido has a huge credibility-enhancing win! What a night of boxing, with two huge upsets!
Lopez is getting some more effective work done and is landing good punches. Salido is still looking very game, and has a few points lead on my scorecard. Lopez seems to be doing a better job of controlling distance and using his ring generalship.
This is the first round in a while that he has seemed in control of. Lopez may have staggered Salido with some punches.
Salido is still coming back and it's hard to get him to stop moving forward. Lopez didn't get much done in the last half of the round, until he landed an impressive flurry in the last 10 seconds.
Carlson: 10-9 Lopez, 67-65 Salido after 7 rounds
Salido staggers Lopez again and Salido looks to be in control of this fight. Lopez is taking a lot of damage, and can't seem to figure out Salido.
Lopez is being resilient and coming back swinging. It's an impressive show of courage for Lopez and he could be bringing himself back into the fight.
Lopez is showing up more around the 2-minute mark, and Salido is still coming back throwing good punches. An exhausting round to watch, but Salido has been having the performance of his life.
Carlson: 10-9 Salido, 58-55 Salido after 6 rounds
Lopez means business, leaping off the stool and coming in with a lot of activity. Salido isn't backing down, though. Lopez hits with a good left cross and has been getting better work done this round.
Lopez may be figuring out a way to penetrate Salido's swarming, variable defensive style, and he's been slipping some good punches. Salido is getting his punches in this round.
Big left hook from Salido and Lopez goes down with 25 seconds left. Lopez isn't looking good right now, and he could have some problems, but he manages to get out of the round.
Carlson: 10-8 Salido, 48-46 Salido after 5 rounds.
These two fighters are very well-matched. Both guys seem to land almost evenly and it isn't until a minute in the round that someone lands something impressive; this time, it was Lopez with a right.
Salido landed a good looping right, but you can't see Lopez showing too much of the effects. Still, Salido has been looking impressive this round too, and comes away with it.
There hasn't been a lopsided round yet in this fight. This one is narrowly favoring Salido on my scorecard.
Carlson: 10-9 Salido, 38-38 through 4 rounds
Both guys are keeping their distance and trying to size up the opponent with their jabs. We're 30 seconds in and nothing much has happened yet in the round. Salido and Lopez are almost even in punches landed.
Both guys are getting in punches as we approach the 1-minute mark. This is the quintessential Lopez fight: both guys are trading, a lot of good action and an engaging fight to watch.
Salido lands a good looping right hand with 1:20 left in the round, and both guys are doing some quality work. Lopez has the quicker hands, but Salido has a workmanlike quality about him and clearly has some power.
A close round: Lopez landed more, but I think the biggest punches of the round came from Salido. A close round, but this one is for Salido.
Carlson: 10-9 Salido, 29-28 Lopez after 3 rounds
Al Bernstein described Lopez's unusual shorts as "fashionable." Salido has been looking good in this round, and neither guy seems to have dented the other's armor yet.
Salido was someone I considered a credible opponent and he's proving it now.
Lopez is getting some good punches in and may be on the verge of taking the round, but both have done good things. Another close round for Juanma Lopez.
Carlson: 10-9 Lopez, 20-18 Lopez after 2 rounds
The first minute of the round is basically the two fighters sizing each other up. Juanma lands a few more punches but Salido is landing his share too. Salido is looking like he will pose at least a worthwhile matchup for Lopez.
With 45 seconds left in the round, Lopez lands a straight right to the body of Salido, and the back-and-forth action continues. Both guys are getting some good work done this round.
Extremely close round, but I'll give it to Lopez, who was a bit busier and landed a few more punches from my perspective.
Carlson: 10-9 Lopez
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