Filipino boxers

Saludar risks world title against Pacheco in Dominican Republic

Roy Luarca
Saludar risks world title against Pacheco in Dominican Republic

TITLE DEFENSE. Vic Saludar has been tagged the slight favorite over Erick Rosa Pacheco.

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Vic Saludar will defend his WBA minimumweight title for the first time against Erick Rosa Pacheco in hostile territory

Victor Saludar has power and experience while Erick Rosa “Mini Pacman” Pacheco has youth and technical savvy.

Whoever can exploit the advantages more will emerge the winner of their battle for the World Boxing Association minimumweight title on December 21 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The 30-year-old Saludar, who totes a 21-4 record with 11 knockouts, has been tagged the slight favorite over the 21-year-old Pacheco (4-0, with 1 knockout) in his first defense of the 105-pound crown he took at the expense of fellow Filipino Robert Paradero in February in Biñan, Laguna.

Fighting in hostile territory, the hometown of Pacheco, Saludar isn’t taking Pacheco lightly.

The 5-foot-3 pride of Polomolok, South Cotabato, is training hard under Jojo Palacios at the Laurente High Camp in General Santos City.

In his last fight against erstwhile unbeaten Ricardo Astuvilca, Pacheco showed he’s not only flashy but gutsy as well.

Shrugging off an erroneous fourth-round knockdown called on him, Pacheco trounced the Peruvian to clinch the WBA 105-pound interim title via unanimous decision.

The winner between Saludar and Pacheco will likely be pitted next against the victor of another title clash between WBA minimumweight gold champion Leyman Benavides and No. 3 challenger Byron Rojas. –