BenjyEsteves Jr. and Best Referee’s Call of 2013 in Mikey Garcia versus Orlando Salido
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. made the best referee’s decision in 2013, and it was an important one, as the status of the super featherweight division emerged from the bout. California’s Mikey Angel Garcia incurred a broken nose from an accidental head butt caused by Orlando Salido, a Mexican fighting out of Arizona, in the eighth round of their World Boxing Organization Featherweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden Theater on January 19, 2013. After the round, the ringside physician ordered the bout halted due to Garcia’s broken nose. By the rules of the New York State Athletic Commission, ABC Boxing, and the World boxing Organization, the bout goes to the scorecards in event of an accidental head butt.
The cards read 79-69, 79-69, 79-70 for Garcia, with Salido knocked down twice in round one and again in rounds three and four. The outcome was never in doubt regardless. Garcia emerged from the bout as BoxRec’s number one super featherweight in the world. Garcia then won the WBO Super Featherweight world title against Juan Manuel Lopez (TKO 4), and has defended it against Roman Martinez (KO 8) and Juan Carlos Burgos (Win 12). Salido knocked out Orlando Cruz (KO 7) to win the vacant WBO World Featherweight title in his second opportunity and will defend his world title on March 1, 2014, at The Alamodome against 2008 Olympic Gold medalist of VasylLomachenko of the Ukraine, who holds the WBO International title, Salido, 40-12, with 28 knockouts, is the BoxRec number three worldwide ranked featherweight, while Garcia, 34-0, 28 knockouts, is the BoxRec number one world ranked super featherweight.