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Saludar-Paradero fight reset to Feb. 20






Another Filipino will be crowned world champion as Vic Saludar and Robert Paradero clash for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) minimum weight championship on February 20.

Filipino world champion Vic Saludar lands against Japanese challenger Masataka Taniguchi in their WBO minimumweight title fight Tuesday night at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. (Sumio Yamada)

 Vic Saludar (left) during his fight against Japanese challenger Masataka Taniguchi in their WBO minimumweight title fight. 

Bebot Elorde of the Elorde International Promotions Inc. said Friday that the fight will give honor to the Philippines since the winner of the bout will join a short list of world champions, including Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

“Karangalan ito para sa ating mga Pinoy kasi kahit sino ang manalo Pinoy ang champion,” said Elorde. “Maganda laban, yan ang maasahan natin.”

The 30-year-old Saludar is a former champion when he won the mini-flyweight championship of the World Boxing Organization against Ryuya Yamanaka of Japan in July 2018.

Robert Paradero

Robert Paradero

Saludar, who is from Polomolok, lost the crown to Wilfredo Mendez of Puerto Rico in August 2019, but came back with a sixth round knockout victory on fellow Filipino Mike Kinaadman in December that year, which improved his record to 20 wins with 11 knockouts and four defeats.

The 24-year-old Paradero, on the other hand, is undefeated in 18 fights with 12 knockouts. He is a native of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.

The fight was originally set January 30, but has been moved next month upon the request of Saludar and his management since Mindanao is on a lockdown because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Elorde said they approved the request since Saludar and his group would be arriving on the 16th of this month if they push through with the original date of the title fight.

“Hindi kasi makaka-alis si Vic Saludar sa Mindanao kung saan siya manggaling. They’re on a lockdown. Then the protocol requires them of a 14-day quarantine, so two weeks… hindi aabot,” said Elorde.

Aside from the Saludar-Paradero match, Ben Ligas of the Elorde boxing stable and Alphoe Dagayloan of Quibors Boxing Team will also face off for the vacant Philippine Championship in the supporting main event.

Elorde said that he is likely to add a few more four-round fights for the February 20 event.