Longtime trainer passes away
By Bill Tibbs
In this episode of ‘Remembering a True Champion’, we sadly say goodbye to long-time Orlando Salido trainer Victor Barron who succumbed to the coronavirus at age 85.
They didn’t come much tougher than Orlando “Siri” Salido in the ring and they didn’t come much more dedicated outside the ring than Victor Barron; affectionately known as “Chino”.
Chino was with Salido, a multiple world champion, and one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, from his earliest of days in the sport at age 12 until his very last fight. That kind of dedication, all-too rare in boxing, speaks volumes about Salido as a person and about Barron on the connection he had with his fighter.
Salido, currently pursuing his political career in Mexico, started off as a limited, albeit somewhat talented, and exceptionally gutsy fighter. That description however would define a lot of fighters in Mexico. But, through hard work under the tutelage of Barron, Salido transformed himself into a deceivingly crafty, talented, iron-tough fighter who went on to accomplish much more in the sport than many thought he would; success in no small part to Barron.
As Salido climbed through the rankings in the sport, eventually winning world titles, and with it the accompanying financial rewards, there was never a question as to who would guide him through his career.
While trainers and fighters often form long-standing bonds, it is indeed a business and that can get tricky when the purses grow as titles are at stake. Salido did show exceptional dedication to his coach, and father-figure, but he didn’t shortchange himself in the training department to do it. His loyalty to Barron was no gift as Barron was an outstanding and accomplished trainer who expertly guided Salido through the toughest of fights bringing out the most in his boxer. In short, the Salido-Barron team was the perfect match.
Long-time Salido advisor Sean Gibbons, who himself did a phenomenal job in orchestrating Salido through his title run, was quick to remember Barron with respect and affection.
“I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Chino”, said Gibbons from his Las Vegas home. “He and Orlando had a great bond and they had an amazing run in a tough sport. You don’t see a lot of relationships make it that long in this game. It speaks volumes about their dedication to one another”, said Gibbons. “The poor guy (Barron) beats cancer then falls victim to this pandemic. I have nothing but respect for Chino and I will remember him fondly. A great trainer and a great man. My thoughts are with Orlando and the Barron family”.
Rest in Peace, Champ.