Orlando Salido upset former amateur star Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday in San Antonio, winning a split decision.
Lomachenko was attempting to win a world title in what was billed as his second pro fight. However, Salido, a tough veteran who entered the ring 11 pounds heavier than Lomachenko, took the fight to the Ukrainian from the beginning and never let up. Salido (41-12-2, 28 knockouts) was particularly effective with his body punches.
Lomachenko, the much quicker and gifted of the two, showed flashes of brilliance but not enough to win the fight. He hurt Salido badly in the final round but couldn’t put the Mexican away.
The scores were 115-113 for Lomachenko, and 116-112 and 115-113 for Salido.
Salido lost his WBO featherweight title by failing to make weight on Friday.
Lomachenko is now 7-1, according to Fight Fax, the official record keeper in boxing. He was paid to fight six times in the World Series of Boxing.
A full report will follow shortly.
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