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Francisco Vargas Orlando Salido Final Press Conference


With only 2 days to go WBC super featherweight champion Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City and former three-time world champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico met Thursday afternoon for the final press conference for their showdown this Saturday, June 4 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

In what will definitely be a fight of the year candidate Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz described the clash between the Mexican warriors.

"It's going to be an amazing main event when you have two Mexican warriors in the ring there is fireworks. Who can forget Barrera Morales, Vasquez Marquez, Saturday night will be special," Diaz said.

HBO's Peter Nelson talked briefly.

"I want to thank both fighters for stepping up to the occasion. This fight Vargas Salido is a tremendous event,"

The champ Francisco Vargas and his manager Ralph Heredia spoke.

"We are ready to give a great fight. We have prepared ourselves to the give the fans and exciting fight," Francisco Vargas said.

"We are well prepared, we expect a great fight against Salido," Trainer Guillermo "Sargento" Beccerel said.

"We definitely respect Salido, he is a great warrior. When you have tow Mexicans warriors you get a fight of the year," Manager Ralph Heredia said.

Salido spoke as he was accompanied by his team manager Sean Gibbons and Promoter Fernando Beltran.

"I have done everything to make this a fun and unforgettable night for you all," Orlando Salido said.

"Saturday night may the best man win and good luck. With this hard training camp we should come out on top," Trainer Jose Santos Moreno said.

"This is going to be a war, a tremendous fight. We have Francisco Vargas and our champ Orlando Salido," Fernando Beltran said.

"Come Saturday Orlando want to join a list of WBC champs. Saturday Orlando will add his name to the list," Manager Sean Gibbons said.

Julian Ramirez and Abraham Lopez Speak

In the co-feature bout undefeated Southern California featherweights Julian "Camaron" Ramirez of East Los Angeles and La Puente's Abraham Lopez will square off for the vacant NABF title opening up the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

"This is a fight that is difficult. I have seen both develop this fight will warm up the ring. Julian Ramirez and Abraham Lopez you don't want to miss," Matchmaker Robert Diaz said as he introduced the fighters.

"I trained hard for this fight. I dont want to win a close fight but win convincingly, it's going to be a great fight," Julian Ramirez said.

"I am here and ready, It's going to be a great fight," Abraham Lopez said.

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