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Vargas-Salido Preview

For Vargas to win he must maintain distance between Salido and himself with his excellent jab (8.1 connects per round in his last four fights) that is aided by his three-inch reach advantage. Once he achieves that, he'll have the room to drop in powerful counters as Salido charges in and take advantage of a chin that has failed the veteran nine times in his last six fights, notched 15 knockdowns in his career and suffered five KO losses in his first 12 fights. For Salido to win he must do what he does best: Force a high-volume toe-to-toe war at point-blank range, muscle Vargas to the ropes and pound away at every available target from bell to bell. Testing Vargas' stamina will be key because thanks to VADA Vargas won't be helped by the weight-loss steroid clenbuterol and he may be furthered weakened because of it. 

Our suggestion: Like Gatti-Ward, Vargas-Salido is virtually guaranteed to produce extraordinary action. Both are high-volume fighters who relish violent exchanges and both have proven they can come back from early adversity. Although Vargas was floored in his title-winning effort against Takashi Miura, Salido's chin is far more vulnerable and the wear-and-tear of 20 years in the pro ring will eventually get to Salido. Vargas has the style to make Salido feel every day of his age and if he makes weight in the correct manner look for him to do just that, especially down the stretch. Vargas can either box or slug his way to victory while Salido is bang-or-bust. That versatility should serve Vargas well here.

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