Salido broke orbital bone against Garcia
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO’s) suffered a broken right orbital bone in his 8th round technical decision loss to Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) last Saturday night in Madison Square Garden, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Salido’s manager Sean Gibbons believes Salido suffered the broken orbital bone in the first round when Salido was dropped twice in the round by hard left hands from Mikey. Salido was ultimately knocked down four times in the fight, twice in the 1st, once in the 3rd and once in the 4th.
However, Salido toughed it out and wasn’t going to quit or complain to his corner, referee or ringside doctor that he had injured his right eye. By the 7th, Salido’s right eye was bruising and turning purple. It looked like it was in the process of slowly closing and it’s possible that it would have closed in the last four rounds had the fight gone that far.
The fight was stopped after the 8th after Salido accidently broke Mikey’s nose by a head-butt in the 8th. Mikey complained to his corner about having problems breathing, and when questioned by the ringside doctor about the condition of his nose, Mikey repeated that he was having problems breathing. Following that the fight was stopped and it went to the cards. The judges gave Mikey a lopsided decision by the scores of 79-70, 79-69 and 79-69.
Gibbons said to ESPN “Salido wasn’t ready for that first shot, so it took him a while to get adjusted after that and we think he was fighting with a broken bone from the first round.“
Gibbons noticed what a lot of boxing fans noticed about Mikey how he was starting to fade in the 7th and 8th rounds. Gibbons saw the fight being much different in those two rounds than it had in the first six, and he believes Salido was wearing Mikey down slowly but surely. I agree with that.
Mikey looked tired and was starting to looked stressed from the combination of fatigue and pressure Salido was putting on him. Mikey was getting hit with some big shots in the 7th and 8th, and Mikey didn’t look good in taking them. He can throw a good shot but he did not look good in taking them in return.