Lopez: 125.8 lbs.
Salido: 126 lbs.
Prediction: New developments since last year’s upset makes this rematch a tough call. Lopez had one fight in October against a very overmatched Mike Olivier.. And although Lopez floored Oliver three times and scored a knockout, Olivier still managed to ring his bell once. Salido has fought twice and had to get off the deck two times against unknown Weng Haya to score an eighth round knockout.
Salido proved to be more disciplined in the last bout and if he can force exchanges and Lopez’s propensity to slug, he’ll have a very good chance of replicating his upset knockout. However, I believe Lopez has more room for improvement. I expect him to get stunned a few times but fight the most disciplined bout of his career, alternating between boxing safely and occasionally slugging when Salido puts on the pressure. Lopez will also get the benefit of the doubt in most close rounds since this will be in Puerto Rico. After a few scares and possibly getting dropped once, I see Lopez regaining his title via a close split decision.
Showtime will re-air Lopez-Salido I tonight (March 9) on its Showtime Extreme channel at 10 pm ET. Opening bouts for tomorrow begin at 8 pm ET with the advertised double header beginning at 10 pm ET.