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Boxing In Mexico: Salido Unseats IBF Champ Cruz, Soto Retains WBC Crown

Veteran featherweight Orlando Salido got sweet revenge last night at Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan in Ciudad Obregon, reversing his 2008 split decision loss to Cristobal Cruz and capturing the IBF title in the process.

Salido, 34-10-2 (22), wasted no time in showing his determination against his arch-rival, flooring the champion in the second round but Cruz, 39-12-2 (23), beat the count on both occasions.

It was a pitched battle the rest of the way with the higher activity rate of Cruz against the harder punches of Salido and after 12 rounds, local man Salido was declared the victor by split decision.

Cruz had held the title over three defenses while Salido had his IBF title winning performance over Robert Guerrero in 2006 nullified after reportedly failing a post fight medical exam.

There was another big fight card at Estadio Centario in Los Mochis as Humberto Soto, 52-7-2 (32), retained his WBC lightweight title for the first time by outpointing challenger Richard Dominguez, 31-6-2 (19), over 12 rounds.

Soto has now won eight straight bouts and could be heading to a high profile unification match.

Ex-WBO bantam boss Jhonny Gonzalez, 44-7 (38), won his second consecutive WBC featherweight title eliminator by knocking out 35 year old Colombian veteran Jean Javier Sotelo, 22-8-2 (13), in the second round at Domo Del Mar in Ciudad Del Carmen.

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