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Salido suffered broken orbital bone versus Garcia
Orlando Salido will have his eye, which was injured in Saturday's loss to Mike Garcia, examined this week.
Featherweight Orlando Salido suffered a broken right orbital bone during Saturday night's HBO-televised eighth-round unanimous technical decision loss to unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia that dethroned him as WBO beltholder, and will have the injury examined "this week," according to his manager, Sean Gibbons.
The 32-year-old Salido (39-11-2, 27 knockouts) was dropped four times in the first four rounds by Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs), who ended the loser's streak of five consecutive stoppage wins, two of which were in the eighth and 10th rounds over ex-titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in the latter's native Puerto Rico.
"I took him to the hospital afterward as a precaution, Roosevelt Hospital. The ran a CAT Scan on his head, and he was diagnosed with a contusion on the area where your eye and your nose meet. That's where he had a broken bone there in the orbital socket," said Gibbons of Salido.
"There was nothing that they could do right there. They suggested that we went back to Mexico to see an ear, nose and throat specialist and have them look at it. It's kind of an injury that will fix itself. We're going to have it looked at this sometime this week to determine the extent of the damage."
Garcia-Salido went to the scorecards after an accidental clash of heads in the eighth round resulted in a broken nose for Garcia, a 25-year-old Oxnard, Calif. native, who won the WBO belt as well as the vacant RING magazine title in victory.
Judges Don Ackerman, Julie Lederman and John Stewart scored it 79-70 and 79-69 (twice) for Garcia. Salido, who sported a badly bruised right eye, slipped to 39-12-2 with 27 knockouts.
Gibbons and the fighter were disappointed with the way the bout ended for Salido, who entered the clash with a 16-2 mark and one no-contest in his previous 19 fights.
Gibbons said Salido would welcome a return bout with Garcia, although there was no rematch clause in their contracts.
"If someone calls and says, 'Let's do Mikey,' then we're there. But at the moment, we're going to look to heal up. He's got tremendous support in Senora, Mex., and they want to showcase him at home in a fight in May, and then, we're open for everybody again at 126 and at 130."
Gibbons said that a potential opponent for Salido, likely in September, could be Puerto Rican junior lightweight Roman "Rocky" Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs), who is coming off Saturday's disputed split-draw with Mexico's Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) that occured on the Garcia-Salido undercard.