The sportsbooks are carrying a handful of fights from around the world for this Saturday June 4th. Sat 6/4 – StubHub Center – Carson, California Super Featherweight 12 rounds – Orlando Salido +240 Francisco Vargas -300 The main fights from Golden Boy’s show at the StubHub Center air on HBO, and the headliner is the Salido vs Vargas WBC world title fight at 130 pounds. Vargas is the current champion, and he won the belt last November in a terrific fight against Takashi Miura of Japan where he was dropped in round four and got up and go tthe stop in round 9. Critics state that the stoppage may have been early, as Miura has a well earned reputation as a warrior who goes out on his shield. Salido is as tough and gritty as they come and he has been fighting top level guys for the last five or so years. His rivalry with Puerto Rico’s Roman Gonzalez is likely heading toward a trilogy, but that will have to wait as Salido has now set his sights on Vargas. Sat 6/4 – Bell Centre – Montreal, Quebec, Canada Light Heavyweight – Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna +1400 Artur Beterbiev -3050 Russia’s 9-0 Beterbiev is looking to fast track his professional career. Here, he defends two regional belts against Ezekiel Osvaldo Maderna (23-2) of Argentina. The Argentine holds a perfect record in his home country but he has gone 0-2 in his ventures outside. On both occassions, against Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Oosthuizen, he went the distance and acquitted himself well. Both men have Olympic pedigree in their amateur backgrounds, however Beterbiev spent a good deal of his adult life competing as an amateur and is considered elite. Sat 6/4 – Radisson Victoria Plaza – Montevideo, Uruguay Lightweight 10 rounds – Cristian Rafael Coria +1200 Daud Yordan -2250 The interim WBA International lightweight belt is on the line between Thailand’s Daud YOrdan (35-3) and Cristian Rafael Coria (24-4-2) of Uruguay. Yordan is an experienced fighter who has world level opponents such as Chris John and Celestino Caballero on his resume. Coria is a 33 year old veteran trying to work his way back into the regional title picture. Back in 2014 he was stripped of the WBO international title but he has gone 3-3-1 in the ensuing timeframe. Yordan represents the first non-south american competitino on his resume.
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