According to the brilliant Philboxing there appears to be some behind the scenes work to arrange a WBO Minimumweight title bout, and a WBO world title eliminator, both for December.
The site reports that WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) is possibly going to make his first defense of the title on December 31st in Macau, as part of the supporting card for the proposed WBO Super Flyweight title bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23). The opponent for Saludar would be Japan's Masataka Taniguchi (10-2, 7) [谷口 将隆], in what would be an explosive, hard hitting and thrilling fight.
The bout would need the WBO's approval, and at the time of writing Taniguchi isn't ranked by the organisation. It is worth noting however that the WBO rankings are set for a shake up with several of their fighters ready to be removed, including Mark Anthony Barriga (9-0, 1) and Carlos Licona (13-0, 2) who are ranked #3 and #2 respectively but will fight in December for the vacant IBF title.
The eliminator, which was agreed at the recent WBO convention, will see Filipino Robert Paradero (17-0, 11) taking on Wilfredo Mendez (11-1, 4) in Puerto Rico on December 7th. It's worth noting that Paradero, the WBO Asia Pacific Youth champion is ranked #1 by the WBO whilst Mendez is ranked #7. This looks to be signed and sealed, and will be an excellent match up, with both men getting a real test before a prospective world title fight.
For those wanting to read the Philboxing story that's here.
Back in late 2015 we saw Vic Saludar (14-3, 9) drop the then WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka, before being stopped a few rounds later by the Japanese youngster. At the time it seemed like the set back would be a learning experience for the big hitting Saludar who looked like a potential world champion in the making. Sadly for Saludar that loss wasn't the start of big things, and yesterday his career took a huge hit as 21 year old Toto Landero (9-1-2, 2) scored a split decision win, and gave his career a huge shot in the arm.
The under-rated Landero, a relative unknown outside of the Philippines, had been stopped last September by Joey Canoy, and was expected to suffer another stoppage loss here. He however ghadn't read the script and continually pressed the action against Saludar, who struggled to get going, and always looked to second guessing himself. It was the aggression, and relentlessness of Landero that simply proved too much, and in the later rounds a tiring Saludar looked like a man who had little left to offer.
At the final bell the scores were 97-93, twice, for Landero, and 96-94 for Saludar.
It wasn't all bad for the Saludar family as older brother Froilan Saludar (25-2-1, 16) scored a 9th round TKO over the brave but out-matched Salatiel Amit (10-3-2, 7) in a supporting bout. Amit was dropped in rounds 1 and 5 before being stopped late due to swelling around his left eye.
Other results from the under-card included a 10 round unanimous decision win for the heavy handed 18 year old Vince Paras (11-0, 9), who out pointed Jimboy Haya (10-4-2, 6), and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Light Flyweight title, and a 4th round KO win for Robert Paradero (14-0, 9), who stopped Charlie Malupangue (5-3-3, 4) in 4 rounds.
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