Salido’s trainer wants Donaire fight
By Chris Williams: Fernando Beltran, the President of Zanfer Promotions and the current promoter for WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (38-11-2, 26 KO’s), really likes the idea of matching his fighter Salido up against WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO’s) when/if Donaire eventually moves up in weight to face the best fighters at featherweight.
Beltran told the examiner.com that he really wants to make the fight with Donaire and Salido. However, it’s a fight that’s going to have to wait a while, because Donaire has a bout coming up against former IBF/WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KO’s) on July 14th in Texas. After that, Donaire will likely fight Jorge Arce before the end of the year. Both are winnable fights for Donaire.
Mijares can’t punch and never really could. At super bantamweight, Mijares can’t punch and will be at the mercy of Donaire’s power. For his part, Arce is too small for Donaire and will likely be crushed by him without too many problems. Those are easy fights for Donaire, who looked completely awful in beating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last month for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title.
Beltran thinks Salido would handle Vazquez Jr. without too many problems if he were to get a fight against him, and it’s hard to disagree with that. No way would Vazquez Jr. mark Salido up the way he did to Donaire. Vazquez Jr. really gave Donaire a beating with his jab alone in their fight. Salido would tear through Vazquez Jr. and then likely rip Donaire apart. However, I think Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum won’t go for the idea of letting Donaire face Salido. Arum already had Salido dominate his fighter Donaire and ruin a money fight against Yurirokis Gamboa. I doubt he’ll want to feed Donaire to Salido and have him get taken care of too.
Salido, 31, stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the 10th round earlier this month making it the second time that Salido has taken out the hard hitting Lopez. It was an exciting fight but Salido had too much offensive weapons and too much chin for Lopez to handle.