Vargas-Salido slugfest ends in draw after 12 rounds

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2016 12:27 PM
Vargas-Salido slugfest ends in draw after 12 rounds
AND STILL. Francisco Vargas retains his WBS Super Featherweight title after drawing against Orlando Salido (AP Photo)

In a bout that saw both sluggers throw a combined 2000+ punches in a span of twelve rounds, Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KO) retained his WBC Superfeatherweight title after fighting to a majority draw against former featherweight and super featherweight world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido ((42-13-4, 29 KO), Saturday evening at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. 

Many expected fireworks from the two sluggers, and they delivered, starting in the closing moments of the first round until the final bell. 

Salido connected hard in the third round, but Vargas answered back in the sixth round. Salido had the champ in trouble a couple more times in the bout, but it was generally back-and-forth war until the end. 

One judge had the fight at 115-113 for Vargas, but the two others scored it at 114-114, making the draw official. 

"I think it was a great fight and a fight that the fans liked. I feel really good about this decision," Vargas said through a translator. "I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent. We never give up. I'm very happy. This is what they wanted. I'm happy I was able to face this skilled warrior. I'm looking for more challenges." Vargas said, via ESPN’s Dan Rafael. 

Salido on the other hand, felt as though he had won the fight, but also said that he and Vargas came out and fought “like Mexicans do.”

A statistical breakdown of the fight shows that the Champion threw 1,184 punches and landed 386 of them, while Salido connected on 328 of his 939 thrown. (via CompuBox)

The draw snaps Vargas’ 20-fight winning streak, dating back to 2011. 

Salido on the other hand, has gone winless in his last three outings. 

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