We have been reliably informed that Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33) will be travelling to Mexico to face the always fun to watch Orlando Salido (41-12-2-1, 28) in a battle for the interim WBO Super Featherweight title in what is potentially a barn burner.
Salido will be well known to many fans around for his numerous high profile bouts against the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, Cristobal Cruz, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez, Mikey Garcia, Orlando Cruz and, mostly recently, Vasyl Lomachenko however at 33, heading towards 34, he is a man who is perhaps on the slide in a notable way. For him it's possibly his last big opportunity.
Although equally as experienced Terdsak is less well known, in fact many in the west may recognise the name but not the fighter. He is however a man who has been on the world scene, on and off, for around a decade and only tasted defeat against world class opponents. The first man to beat him was Joan Guzman, way back in 2005. Since then only Juan Manuel Marquez, Steve Luevano and Takahiro Ao have beaten him and only Marquez has actually stopped him.
For Terdsak this will give him an opportunity to become a world champion at long last, especially considering that WBO "regular" champion Mikey Garcia has strongly hinted at moving to Lightweight in recent weeks, Aged 33 however he will also know that this is likely to be his last chance.
Although Salido is the better known fighter and is more proven at world level he does have some problems coming in to this fight. Firstly he has a lot of miles on the clock, secondly he's never really looked his usual self at 130lbs, which was the same weight that saw him go tooth-and-nail with Weng Haya, and thirdly he's been somewhat inactive recently with only his controversial win over Lomachenko coming this year.
For Terdsak this will be his third bout of the year and although highly experience he has fought numerous bouts at a lower level to stay busy, not adding the extra miles to the clock.
From what we understand this bout will be held on September 20th in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, the birth place of Salido. We wish Terdsak the best of luck though even we will accept that this is a huge ask for the Thai.
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