Either Saludar or Paradero to join ranks of Filipino champs

There will be another Filipino world champion on December 3.

This developed after the World Boxing Association (WBA) sanctioned a minimumweight regular title duel between compatriots and former stablemates Vic Saludar and Robert Paradero at the Elorde Sports Center in Paranaque City.

Though Saludar is ranked No. 4 and Paradero No. 5 in the 105-pound division, the WBA made the bout for the vacant title official because both boxers live in the Philippines, canceling out travel restriction problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The other higher-ranked fighters are No. 1 Jose Argumedo of Mexico, No. 2 Byron Rojas of Nicaragua, and No. 3 Bryan Mosimos of Mexico.

Knockout CP Freshmart (Thammanoon Niyomtrong) of Thailand remains the WBA super minimumweight titlist.

The 29-year-old Saludar – the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) strawweight champion from Polomolok, South Cotabato – holds a 20-4 record with 11 knockouts, including one over Mike Kinaadman last December.

Paradero, the 24-year-old pride of Valencia City, Bukidnon, is unbeaten in 18 fights with 12 knockouts, the last posted over Jonathan Almacen in April last year.

Both Saludar and Paradero came from the boxing stable of Kenneth Rontal, with Paradero eventually transferring to the Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde stable.

Another Filipino, Pedro Taduran, reigns in the same division in the International Boxing Federation (IBF)

Manny Pacquiao holds the WBA "super" welterweight title and has no scheduled defense yet.

Johnriel Casimero will be dangling the WBO bantamweight belt against Ghanian Duke Micah on Saturday, September 26 (Sunday, September 27, Manila time) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

IBF super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas is due for a title defense against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez but there is neither a date nor a venue yet as the Filipino remains in the country waiting for the renewal of his USA visa.

Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr, on the other hand, will challenge Nordine Oubaali of France for the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight crown on December 12, also in Connecticut. – Rappler.com