Boxing fans have heard about prizefighters choosing to fight bums to inflate their records. Then there are those who become champions and tiptoe around the competition and cherry-pick opponents. Then there’s the unique match up of Vasyl Lomachenko vs Orlando Salido.
Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1) tied the sport’s record for becoming a world champion in only his third professional fight. He went up in weight and immediately challenged Roman Gonzales and won his second belt, the WBO junior lightweight title.
Boxing news revealed Vasyl Lomachenko even pushed himself harder at the new weight class by challenging the formidable Nicholas Walters who was responsible for knocking out the sensational Nonito Donaire. And he made Walters quit.
Orlando Salido, not your usual Uber driver
While waiting for the formalization of his rematch with Vasyl Lomachenko, Orlando Salido works as an Uber driver part-time.
But he is not your ordinary “driver” boxing fans refer to, when describing bums that are being fed for a champion’s fodder.
In fact, Orlando Salido remains the only dent to Vasyl Lomachenko ’s record, being a former two-weight world champion himself.
“Not too many know me, but some? Yes,” Salido said in a report by the LA Times for boxing news. “Everybody who does know are surprised to see me, but at the same time, they don’t know how much money I’ve already made.”
“What he’s accomplished with his money — he has multiple houses, a $700,00 apartment complex with 15 units he rents out, has a company that rents out the bouncy houses and barbecues for birthday parties … he’s an entrepreneur,” Sean Gibbons, Salido’s manager said.
“He knows boxing is only going to last so long. You need income coming in when you’re not working, so all these different enterprises, like the Uber, generate income.”
Ongoing negotiations for Vasyl Lomachenko vs Orlando Salido
The fight makes sense, boxing news point out. Vasyl Lomachenko is now a two weight champion, but everyone remembers Salido beating him, albeit controversially. Reports say it’s all about paying Salido right to get the fight signed.
“You get what you pay for in life. You want to buy a Cadillac, you got to a Cadillac dealer… Pay Salido what he’s worth and he will come and give you the ‘Fight of the Year’ as he always does,” Gibbons added in a report by Boxing Scene.
Photo courtesy: Vasyl Lomchenko/Facebook
Video courtesy: Youtube/Champions Productions