Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 9/9/14

Mikey Garcia is already a winner tonight, and he'll be watching with great interest along with the rest of us as Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez meet for the second time in Puerto Rico. That's the main event on tonight's Showtime Championship Boxing telecast, and Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver are in the house to call the action.

Juanma went into the first fight with a perfect 30-0 record but left without his WBO featherweight belt. Lopez thinks his personal problems at the time, which included going through a divorce, contributed to his trouble in the ring. He calls the rematch the most important fight of his life. Salido feels he never got the credit he deserves and is looking forward to a war tonight.

Ivan Calderon, Jorge Arce, Juan Manuel Marquez, Julio Cesar Chavez and Felix "Tito" Trinidad are among the past and present boxing stars on hand to take in tonight's fight.

Juanma enters first tonight in an unfamiliar role as the challenger. The Puerto Rican slugger is 31-1 with 28 KOs and is attempting to avenge that lone loss to Salido last April. The fans love him and give him a huge reaction.

Salido hears the jeers you'd expect as he makes his ring walk to traditional Mexican music. His pro record is 37-11 with 25 wins by knockout, and he's had two stoppage wins since taking the belt from Lopez. 

The tale of the tape shows that Salido enjoys just the tiniest of height and reach advantages. He is three years older than Juanma, but Bernstein says that Lopez has been in enough wars that he isn't necessarily the younger man in boxing terms.

Tonight's referee is Roberto Ramirez Sr. Jimmy Lennon Jr. tells the world "It's Showtime" and formally introduces both fighters. We're ready to go for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing for the WBO featherweight title.


Round 1

Salido stalks, mostly without throwing. Janma throws some half-hearted jabs. Lopez lets his hands go for a second but doesn't land. Salido lands a right hand. There's a right hook by Juanma and they tie up. Left hook by Salido just misses. A second one lands, then both men try to flurry. More wild swings and misses both ways. Salido lands a right to the body before the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Salido


Round 2

Lopez lands a right hook and a straight left but Salido connects with a straight right, then presses his advantage. Another right buckles Juanma a bit. Salido chases Juanma down with hooks, and Lopez looks a bit off balance. Juanma finally gets his feet under him and lands some shots upstairs, but Salido comes back with body shots, including one that looked pretty low. Counter right by Salido before Lopez lands his own counter. Salido's left hook scores, and Lopez has to scramble to avoid the follow-up shots.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Salido


Round 3

Let's see if the punch Lopez landed right at the bell gives him some confidence. Salido is warned for a low shot by the ref. Counter right by Salido sends Lopez back toward the ropes. They both throw at the same time and almost clash heads. Lopez is looking to counter, which is somewhat strange. Salido leans on Lopez in the corner. He goes to the body with both hands, then starts landing upstairs. Juanma tries to ride out the storm along the ropes. The fans try to get Lopez going, but he's taking way more than he's giving right now.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Salido


Round 4

Salido isn't going to stop swinging for the fences until Lopez makes him. Juanma tries to stand his ground but Salido just keeps coming. Left hook by Salido along the ropes. Juanma throws a forearm inside to get some space. The ref tells Salido to get his punches up again. Lopez finally scores with a flush left hook, then a right hook and a straight left. Salido swings wildly, missing with both hands. Salido tries an uppercut in the final 10 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Salido


Round 5

Counter right by Lopez. Now he hops forward with a one-two upstairs. Salido throws a hard combo of his own. Juanma flurries, then lands a counter right. Right hook by Lopez and he backs away from the return fire. Overhand right by Salido scores, then a right hook. The ref steps in as they clinch. Both men scramble before they fall into another clinch. Salido lands a right, then goes to the body with both hands. Left hand right on the button by Salido along the ropes. Now a right hook lands for Juanma and Salido goes down. That may have turned the fight around!

Tylwalk: 10-8 Lopez 

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