Rod Salka: Poster Boy for Racist Impotence

By Paul Magno on April 15, 2018
Rod Salka: Poster Boy for Racist Impotence
Salka was setting himself up to be a laughingstock. (Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions)

Decked out in his President Trump-loving “America 1st” trunks, Salka was delivering a race-based message to the boxing world…

Make no mistake about it, there was nothing “innocent” or “quaintly patriotic” about Rod Salka’s political message last Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California when he met Mexico City’s Francisco Vargas.

Decked out in his President Trump-loving “America 1st” trunks with a red, white, and blue brick pattern to represent the wall Trump and his angry ReTrumplikins want to build on the Mexico-US border, Salka was delivering a race-based message to the boxing world.

One does not innocently show up in an auditorium packed with mostly Latino fans to face a Mexican fighter on ESPN Deportes wearing, basically, a “fuck your people—stay where you belong” message. Salka’s intent was as clear as it was ugly.

But aside from the twisted politics of the Pittsburgh native, who, apparently, has developed a reputation on social media as a hardline right wing, race-conscious troll, the decision to get political just wasn’t a very good idea.

Why offer an opponent extra motivation in a fight—especially an opponent in Vargas, who was already infinitely better and more experienced than him?

And Vargas DID take notice of Salka’s message.

“To tell you the truth, I was surprised by the message [of the trunks], I didn’t expect that,” the former world champ told Mexican news site,, “but I tried to calm myself down and follow my game plan…I won’t deny that it made me mad, because it was an offensive message, and I do think it served to inspire me to go forward with more force, using that anger.”

The idea of a US-built border wall between Mexico and the United States has drawn the ire of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, who view the proposal as inherently racist. Although a recent CBS news poll says that 60% of Americans also oppose the idea of building a wall, Donald Trump found his way to the Presidency in 2016, in part, by spearheading a “build the wall” movement that helped to mobilize his right wing base.

Salka brought this bad blood to a sport with enough blood in it, already.

Vargas would go on to pummel Salka for six rounds until the #MAGA guy’s corner mercifully threw in the towel.

Then, the world latched on to Salka’s pathetic fail. In a matter of minutes, Rod Salka became the poster boy for racist impotence. With everyone from Vice to Newsweek to Maxim picking up the story, a marginally significant super featherweight bout without much fanfare became one of the most widely covered boxing occurrences of the year.

Since his beatdown went viral, Salka has all but disappeared from the public eye. Relentless trolling from an unforgiving internet even forced him to shut down his Facebook account.

It’s hard to feel sorry for the 35-year-old journeyman with dubious political beliefs and obviously poor decision-making skills. Even if one agrees with the politics behind the apparel, it was clearly a bad idea to make this political statement where and when he did—against a fighter who was very likely to mop the floor with him. The guy was setting himself up to be a laughingstock and, apparently, he got his wish.

Meanwhile, Vargas, from beginning to end, was all about professionalism and the high road.

“We didn’t tell him anything [about the trunks],” Vargas said. “I respect him as a boxer. He had a complicated style that, thank God, I was able to solve, and at the end of the day, it was like nothing had ever happened. I embraced him, said ‘good fight,’ and we all went our separate ways, although I didn’t like what he and his team did.”

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  1. Bruce Kielty 06:58pm, 04/26/2018

    Sad whenever political hatred enters a sports website, regardless of your position on laws and illegal immigration.  By the way, I am a first-generation American and support legal immigration.

  2. The Barker 08:01am, 04/18/2018

    Paul Magno,

  3. SlayWithTheTruth 08:10am, 04/17/2018

    Snowflake must not realize that Whites DOMINATE MMA and aren’t doing that bad in boxing of late as well. And how does “snowflake” know that the posters commenting are “white?” Racist much, “snowflake?”

  4. snowflake 07:52am, 04/17/2018

    Comments section reveals why boxing is a niche sport in the US and will probably never be more. Bloodsports aren’t for everyone but white boxing fans are the worst. Embarrassed to follow this sport sometimes

  5. Your Name 06:30am, 04/17/2018

    Magno has put out some decent articles, but not this one.  The impotent racist troll, “nonprohet” calls this “a great article.”  Nonprophet, besides being an obvious racist, has the mindset and maturity level of a 3rd grader.

    Mr. Magno, you can write better than this, and really some of those pretty damn juvenile insults at the “ReTrumplikans” were rather lame. I noticed another writer on this site wrote an article even more ridiculous than this one covering the same bout and topic, and it was even lamer than yours,  if one can believe that is possible.  You are a good boxing writer, but you obviously are clueless when it comes to the political arena. Stick to your expertise. Politics is not your world, and that is painfully obvious. A few other writers on this site could take this advice as well.

  6. Your Name 05:45am, 04/17/2018

    “impotent racist” describes the payaso known as “nonprophet” well. Lightweight troll was probably up all night because his panties were twisted too tight.

  7. nonprohet 09:33pm, 04/16/2018

    Great article Paul….spot on.  Keep them coming….it keeps the MAGA-chumps up at night!

  8. t 02:52pm, 04/16/2018

    And just like that I will never go to this site again. You owe Mr. Salka an apology.

  9. nicolas 10:15am, 04/16/2018

    TRUTH: How do you back your argument by calling Mr. Mango a racist turd? When one usually tries to argue something but have nothing to back it up one feels compelled to name calling. Did you ever read Mr. Mango’s article about the current WBC President? I certainly would not call him pro Mexican. The criticism and showing the hypocrisy of Mexico is justified. Also I am against sanctuary cities.

  10. Ollie Downtown Brown 05:43am, 04/16/2018

    @truth.. I voted for Trump and I am willing to stand behind him, but I am also willing to call him out on genuflecting to a bunch of neo-con ( neo-commie ex-Trotskyites is more like it ) and appointing war hawks like John Bolton to his cabinet. These were the same people who were the “Never Trumpers,” and now they seem to have Trump by his gonads.  Trump was elected because he promised to get us out of the Middle East.

  11. truth 04:56am, 04/16/2018

    Paul Magno… YOU are the racist turd. Trump is doing very well for the country. Keep hating, we stand behind our president.

  12. Balaamsass 03:12am, 04/16/2018

    As for Salka his trunks were ugly as fuk and in the fight he gave a whole new meaning to the term “powder puff puncher”! Vargas was Vargas but he didn’t look his usual self post fight…..not a trace of blood around his eyes…. thanks to Salka’s push/touch punching! Vargas showed his true colors post fight and as long as he stays away from Berchelt he will do just fine….but of course he won’t!

  13. Balaamsass 08:17pm, 04/15/2018

    Brings to mind Art Bell and his passing in Pahrump, NV this week. Years ago a fascist fuk called in to his program at 3;00 AM. The caller said that one night he and his then boyfriend, red diaper baby and future Senator Patrick Leahy were camping out on a mountain top somewhere in New England.Their camp was well above a low hanging cloud bank. Sometime during the night they both were startled by what sounded very much like a loud flapping noise. The flapping sound grew louder and to their utter amazement a giant pterodactyl rose above the clouds and just as quickly dipped back down into the cloud bank! As proof of the sighting the fascist/utopian fuk declared,“Art, how else do you explain the fact that Patty lost control of his bowels”?!

  14. Balaamsass 06:38pm, 04/15/2018

    @ODB-There’s no debating these grievance ridden, hate filled fux when they believe with every fiber of their being that if you want the USA to remain a sovereign nation you are ipso facto a racist….how in the fuk are you gonna’ counter that shit?! You don’t like Trump and the deep state policies that he’s pursuing and neither do I….as a matter of fact I don’t like Trump the man very much….sometimes I think his only saving grace is that he’s not Hildabeast but here’s a hot flash….these fascist fux hate Trump because he’s white….period! The mendacious fux will deny but that’s what’s at the heart of their dog vomit green hatred for him…it’s sure as fuk has nothing to do with his policies!

  15. nonprophet 06:21pm, 04/15/2018

    Ollie’s drunken rant….oh the stupidity!!!

    Here we have an asshole who’s never heard about Brit hooligans….I mean…”soccer fans”. 

    You sir, are the living (albeit brain dead) proof that assholes come in ALL races and colors.
    . Go sit down, inbred.

  16. Ollie Downtown Brown 04:56pm, 04/15/2018

    hahaha. Trump’s, “America First” is all bulldookey. He proved that by bombing Syria yet again over yet another WMD like false flag. If he was, “America First,” no American would be fighting in the Middle East.  BTW, Mexico has some of the strictest immigration policies in the world, any opinion on that?  Do you consider the Israeli West Bank Barrier, “racist” as well? We haven’t had an America First President since the womanizing JFK was President. A few years back during a soccer game in Los Angeles, between Mexico and America, Mexican fans booed the American National Anthem and pelted the American soccer team with debris. Any comment? And who are these 60% of Americans who say they don’t want a wall built? LMAO at the bulldookey in this article. So anyone who doesn’t share your political beliefs has “dubious political beliefs?” I think they call that kind of thinking, fascism.

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