By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On June 4, 2016 boxing fans live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and those watching on HBO witnessed a strong candidate for “Fight of the Year”. Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-4 / 30 by KO) for the WBC super featherweight championship.
The fight was twelve rounds of toe-toe, non-stop action, with each fighter giving it their absolute best.
I had Vargas winning the early rounds, but midway in the fight you could just see Salido coming on and finishing the stronger of the two.
The fight was so close that the official decision was declared a draw . The scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Vargas. My scorecard was Vargas 115-113, but a draw was justified for these two ring warriors.
On Saturday night June 11, 2016 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, Vassyl Lomachenko (6-1 / 4 by KO) won by sensational 5th round knockout over Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3 / 17 by KO) to win the WBO super featherweight championship.
Lomachenko completely dominated Martinez from the opening bell using superior speed and calculated punches. The end came in the fifth round with Lomachenko landing a perfect left upper cut, followed by a beautiful right hook. The time was 1:09.
With the win, Lomachenko becomes a two-division title holder in just his seventh professional fight, he previously won the WBO featherweight title in 2014.