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HBO Boxing preview: Vargas vs. Salido, Ramirez vs. Lopez

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HBO Boxing presents one of the most highly anticipated events of the year when HBO Boxing After Dark: Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido, along with the co-feature of Julian Ramirez vs. Abraham Lopez, takes place this Saturday, June 4th at 10:30pm from StubHub Center in Carson, California

The 12-round main event is a can’t-miss super featherweight title showdown featuring undefeated champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former titleholder Orlando Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs). Vargas, 31, captured his first world title in November when he knocked out Takashi Miura in the BWAA’s 2015 Fight of the Year. The Mexico City native has knocked out his last four opponents before the tenth round, including a dominating performance against two-time world titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez.

Salido, 35, has held five world titles during his impressive 21-year professional career, battling some of sport’s top talents, including future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. Both fighters have a come-forward style that guarantees action in this 130-pound clash.

In the evening’s opening bout, two unbeaten featherweight prospects face off when Julian Ramirez (16-0, 8 KOs) and Abraham Lopez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) meet in a ten-round contest. Ramirez, 23, and Lopez, 28, are Southern California natives both making their HBO debut.

Launched 20 years ago, HBO BOXING AFTER DARK was the network’s initial platform for a host of exciting talents, including Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti, Marco Antonio Barrera, Fernando Vargas, Terence Crawford, Felix Verdejo, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The arena in Carson has been the site of some of boxing’s most memorable brawls in recent years.