Some fights look like fireworks as soon as they are made whilst others look very interesting. We'll admit we didn't expect fireworks in this weekend's final notable bout, the WBO interim Super Featherweight title fighter between Thailand's Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33) and Mexico's Orlando Salido (42-12-2-1, 29) though what we ended up getting was a truly phenomenal contest with the men trading knockdowns and inflicting career shortening damage on each other. In fact the only negative on the bout was the referee who did his best to make the fight controversial.
The fight started well for Terdsak who surprisingly dropped Salido inside a minute to give us a very shocking start. Unfortunately that klnockdown was quickly cancelled out when Salido had a knockdown ruled in his favour from a blatant low blow. How the referee ruled the shot legal is a mystery though it was one of many mysteries that the referee left us with on a night he may wish to forget.
In round two we again saw Salido dropped, this time it was a hard knockdown and the Mexican took his time to get up and by the time he was upright the bell had gone to end the round giving him a minute to collect himself. That minute did Salido the world of good and he had his best round up to that point in round 3, the first round of the fight with out a knockdown. It was a Salido round and it was the first time the fans seemed to believe that their man was taking charge of the bout. The success from Salido grew and in round 4 he dropped Terdsak for a second time whilst also landing a lot of body shots which seemed to take their toll on the Thai.
Salido seemed to feel that Terdsak was their for the taking and went to work immediately in round 5 whilst neglecting his defense in the process. He paid for that by being dropped for the third time in the bout and giving us the 5th knockdown in as many rounds. Sadly for Terdsak that was his last major moment of success as Salido got up, dusted himself off and went back on the offensive applying constant educated pressure that Terdsak had no real answer for, barring an occasional uppercut.
In round 6 we again saw the referee try his best to add major controversy as he stopped the men with Salido on the offensive. It appeared he'd stopped the bout though 10 seconds later he made it clear he hadn't stopped it, though we're unsure what he was doing. Maybe he thought he'd heard the bell or maybe he thought the men in the ring were stealing the show and he wanted to get some of the limelight. Whatever it was was inexcusable from the official.
Although Salido may have felt he had had a victory robbed from him in round 6 it didn't stop his offensive work and in round 7 he scored his 3rd knockdown. Terdsak took a follow up attack surprisingly well though it was clear he was tiring, partly by the pace of the bout, partly from Salido's body shots and partly from the low blows which were landing round after round with no warning from the referee. Yes the referee who tried to steal the show managed to miss numerous obvious low blows.
The 8th round saw more offensive work from Salido who was really starting to come on strong and break down Terdsak who lost the clearly and the same applied to round 9. Sadly the referee missed more low blows, including a monster of a shot to the "gentleman's area" in round 9 that really deserved a break for the Thai who won't be having any "intimate moments" any time soon.
In round 10 it appeared that Terdsak had gone all in. He tried to fight head-to-head with Salido but the Mexican had a much better shot selection and work rate and it showed as he clearly won the round and left Terdsak looking like a tough but very beaten man.
Terdsak became a beaten man in round 11 as Salido unleashed a vicious assault that stunned Terdsak and then dropped him hard. The referee, for the first time in the fight, did the right thing and waved off the action immediately to give doctors a chance to get to Terdsak. Thankfully the Thai seemed fully responsive though appeared to be exhausted as much as anything.
The fight, which featured a total of 7 knockdowns might have been the last big bout of the weekend but was possibly the most exciting. It was, of course, a hard loss for Terdsak who may now consider retirement though he'll know that fans will be talking about this one for the rest of the year. For Salido his "reward" appears to be a rematch with Mikey Garcia, a man who dropped him repeatedly when the men met as Featherweights 20 months ago. That could be another painful night for "Siri".
For those who didn't catch the show we must advise you also watch the under-card war between Ramon Garcia Hirales and Javier Mendoza. It was another sensational contest on one of the best shows of the year.
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