By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Mike Kinaadman stunned former world champ Vic Saludar with an early knockdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saludar looked more surprised that hurt but he had to rely on his experience to hold off Kinaadman’s sudden boost of confidence.
But Saludar’s edge in power slowly unraveled and in the sixth, a hard shot to the abdomen dropped Kinaadman on all fours. Referee Tony Pesons counted him out at the 2:04 mark.
Saludar (20-4,11KO’s) was awarded the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) minimumweight title. He returned to the win column after losing the WBO world miniflyweight title to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez last August by unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Saludar is currently ranked number 3 in the 105 lb division by the WBO. Kinaadman, who lost to Saludar twice before, moves down to 7-13-2,5KO’s.
Vic was the only Saludar brother to survive in this action packed card.
Jake Amparo worked behind a solid jab to bloody Jakeson Saludar’s nose and send him to the canvas in the sixth round. Jakeson was dazed on the canvas and was attended to by medical personnel before he recovered and walked out of the ring on his own two feet. He was stable after the bout.
Amparo (6-2-1,1KO) scored the first stoppage win of his career and it was a bone-chilling one. Jakeson drops to his first career loss at 4-1,4KO’s.
Justine Darap beat Van June Saludar by majority decision in their highly anticipated match-up. It was a tactical battle from start to finish, with both corners yelling themselves hoarse in voicing their adjustments.
Darap however, had a strong finish for his narrow victory in on the cards – Judges Edward Ligas and Noel Flores had it 58-56 while Edgar Olalo scored 57-57.
Going into this bout, Darap (9-1,5KO’s) has knocked out his last two opponents and he holds a WBF Asia Pacific super flyweight belt. Saludar drops to 5-3-2,3KO’s.
Former world title challenger Casey Morton (9-2-3,2KO’s) knocked down Thai Saowaluk Nareepangsri (8-18,2KO’s) in round four. Nareepangsri was competitive early but the complexion of the fight changed after the knockdown. The Thai looked spent but wanted to fight one more round. Morton proceeded to land more hard shots prompting Referee Nic Banal to stop it in the fifth.
The Lady Hawaiian Punch lost in her attempt to win the WBO Female world junior bantamweight title against Miyo Yoshida of Japan last June by unanimous decision. Four years ago, Nareepangsri lost to Filipina Gretchen Abaniel for the vacant IBA Women’s world minimumweight title in Australia, by unanimous decision.
For the other undercard bouts – Bryan James Wild needed only 25 seconds and a hard hook to the jaw to stop Melanio Torremocha,April Jay Abne dropped Isagani Llaban in round one and finished the job in the second.
Abne recently ruled over the flyweight division of the TV boxing tournament Ultimate Boxing Series.
Jesriel Bonghanoy got a majority decision win over Marlon Alejandro after 4 rounds. This was Bonghanoy’s pro debut. Kevin Nemenzo also got a majority nod against Marvin Laping, John Paul Gabunillas beat Gary Rojo by second round TKO and Ian Abne decked Marvin Campo twice in round one for the TKO win.
BRAWL IN NAGA:BAND OF BROTHERS was held at the Enan Chiong Activity Center and presented by the Naga City local government, Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha and the Championship Boxing Development of the Philippines.
Photo – Vic Saludar poses with the ring girls after his win
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
NAGA CITY,CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Vic Saludar will try to end his year on a winning note when he fights old foe Mike Kinaadman on December 21 for the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) minimumweight title at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City,Cebu.
This fight will serve as the main event of a loaded ten bout card. During the official weigh-in held at the boardwalk in Naga City, Saludar weighed 105 lbs while Kinaadman was a pound lighter.
Saludar (19-4,10KO’s) lost the WBO world miniflyweight title to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez last August by unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This will be his first fight since that loss.
Saludar during the press conference held after the weigh-in lamented about the circumstances and distractions which led to his title loss, which included his trainer having visa problems and he had to have a new trainer assigned a few days going into the fight. He also stated he would gladly welcome a rematch with Mendez if his trainer can arrange it. He is not looking past Kinaadman (7-12-2,5KO’s), whom he has beaten twice before,because he knows his opponent also trained hard for this bout.
Two up and coming Saludar brothers, Van June (5-2-2,3KO’s) and Jakeson (4-0,4KO’s) will also see action. Van June Saludar’s eight rounder against rising prospect Justine Darap (8-1,5KO’s) could wind up as the fight of the night. Darap has knocked out his last two opponents and holds a WBF Asia Pacific super flyweight belt. Van June was 114 lbs during the weigh-in with Darap a pound heavier. Jakeson Saludar will face Jake Amparo (5-2-1,0KO) in another eight rounder. Both weighed 105lbs.
On the distaff side, Former world title challenger Casey Morton (8-2-3,1KO) will be pitted against Thai Saowaluk Nareepangsri (8-17,2KO’s) in an eight rounder.
Morton is fighting in the Philippines for the fourth time, her second in Cebu. The Lady Hawaiian Punch lost in her attempt to dethrone WBO Female world junior bantamweight champ Miyo Yoshida of Japan last June by unanimous decision. Four years ago, Nareepangsri lost by unanimous decision to Filipina Gretchen Abaniel for the vacant IBA Women’s world minimumweight title in Australia.
Morton weighed 116 lbs while Nareepangsri was a pound lighter.
Completing the card are - Bryan James Wild vs Melanio Torremocha-4 rounds, April Jay Abne vs Isagani Llaban – 6 rounds, Jesriel Bonghanoy Singwangcha vs Marlon Alejandro – 4 rounds, Marvin Paing vs Leven Nemenzo – 4 rounds,John Paul Gabunillas vs Gary Rojo-6 rounds, and Ian Abne vs Ian Campo – 4 rounds.
This card billed as BRAWL IN NAGA:BAND OF BROTHERS is part of the host city’s celebration of the DAGITAB Festival. It is presented by Naga City Mayor Val Chiong, Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha and the Championship Boxing Development of the Philippines.
PHOTO – Vic Saludar (left ) and Mike Kinaadman flank Naga City Mayor Val Chiong during the weigh-in.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU, PHILIPPINES- Vic Saludar is set to return to the ring since losing the WBO minimumweight title last August. Saludar (19-4,10KO’s) will face Mike Kinaadman (7-12-2,5KO’s) on December 21 in the main event of a seven bout card at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City,Cebu.
Saludar, who turned 29 early this month, lost to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez last August by unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kinaadman already lost to Saludar in previous meetings. In his last two bouts, he beat Ryan Ralozo by TKO in the second and lost a unanimous verdict to Jerry Tomogdan. The 23 year old Kinaadman is a local trialhorse who has shared the ring with regional level fighters like of Rene Mark Cuarto, Jomar Caindog and Christian Bacolod. The Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) belt will be at stake in this bout.
Saludar will try to shake off the disappointment of losing his world crown in his second defense. He travelled to Puerto Rico without Jojo Palacios could not make the trip because of visa issues. Filipino-Hawaiian Bobby Villaver, an experienced cornerman who made a name in Thailand, subbed for Palacios.
Also making an appearance will be the two up and coming Saludar brothers, Van June (5-2-2,3KO’s) and Jakeson (4-0,4KO’s).
Van June Saludar’s fight against rising prospect Justine Darap (8-1,5KO’s) could definitely steal the show. Darap has knocked out his last two opponents and holds a WBF Asia Pacific super flyweight belt. Van June has been shaky in his last two bouts with a split decision loss and majority draw. Their fight is scheduled for eight rounds.
Jakeson Saludar will face Jake Amparo (5-2-1,0KO) in a ten round. The 23 year old Jakeson is a miniflyweight like older brother Vic and intends to continue his unbeaten streak. This fight is set for ten rounds.
Former world title challenger Casey Morton (8-2-3,1KO) will be fighting in the Philippines for the fourth time, her second in Cebu. The Lady Hawaiian Punch lost in her attempt to dethrone WBO Female world junior bantamweight champ Miyo Yoshida of Japan last June by unanimous decision. Morton will be pitted against Thai Saowaluk Nareepangsri (8-17,2KO’s) in an eight rounder.
Four years ago, Nareepangsri fought Filipina Gretchen Abaniel for the vacant IBA Women’s world minimumweight title and lost by unanimous decision in Australia. Morton, who previously held WBO Asia Pacific titles, fought in Mandaue City in 2017 and beat Phannaluk Kongsang of Thailand by unanimous decision.
Completing the card are Bryan James Wild vs Jomar Blanco – 6 rounds, Jesriel Bonghanoy Singwangcha vs Marlon Alejandro – 4 rounds, Kier Torregosa vs Leven Nemenzo – 4 rounds. Fans will also be treated to amateur bouts.
This card billed as BRAWL IN NAGA:BAND OF BROTHERS is presented by the City of Naga led by Mayor Val Chiong, Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha and the Championship Boxing Development of the Philippines. This fight card is also part of the host city’s celebration of the DAGITAB Festival.
According to multiple sources there is a plan being set in motion for a rare Minimumweight world title unification bout.
The bout in question depends on two upcoming bouts, both of which would require the defending champions to retain their titles. The first of those bouts takes place this coming Friday and sees WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (19-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] take on unbeaten Filipino teenager ArAr Andales (10-0, 2). If success Knockout would then be watching carefully on Auguist 24th when WBO champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10) defends his title against mandatory challenger Wilfredo Mendez (13-1, 5) in Puerto Rico.
If Knockout and Saludar both win their contests the plan is for them to face off and unify the titles.
According to at least one source, this bout had been planned for earlier in the year, though failed to come come off for reasons that weren't made clear. That is likely part of why Knockout has been so inactive this year, especially given he was supposed to have had a bout back in April, a bout that was rumoured and then vanished without a trace.
Whilst both champions will be favoured in their upcoming defenses they aren't gimmies by any stretch of the imagination and both Andales and Mendez will be looking to play spoilers to the these plans, and in fairness neither man should be over-looked. Andales has been impressing in recent bouts on the Filipino scene whilst Mendez has won 4 in a row and will have home advantage for his bout with Saludar.
Earlier today the WBO head honcho Paco Valcárcel revealed that the WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (19-3, 10) would be making his second defense on August 24th, in a mandatory bout against Wilfredo Mendez (13-1, 5), who had seen numerous world title eliminators, with Filipino Robert Paradero, fall through.
The champion, who won the best in in July 2018, when he beat Ryuya Yamanaka in Kobe, made his first defense in a voluntary title bout in February this year, against Japan's Masataka Taniguchi at Korakuen Hall. With wins in both of those bouts we've now seen Saludar rack up 5 straight wins since an upset loss in the summer of 2017 to Toto Landero, including not only his wins at world level but also a win against current OPBF Minimumweight champion Lito Dante.
The Puerto Rican challenger has won his last 5 in a row, including 2 bouts already this year. If we're being honest his record doesn't have many notable names on it, though his best win was his most recent, a win over Janiel Rivera in May. Notable he will have home soil advantage, though that may not count for much given that Saludar's 3 world title fights, his two wins and a loss to Kosei Tanaka, have all taken place on enemy territory and they have been his 3 best performances to date.
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