Earlier this week Ian Melodillar shared the news that Filipino world title contender Robert Paradero (18-1, 12) would be travelling to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to face WBF Minimumweight champion Thembelani Okolo (9-5-1, 5), on June 27th.
Not it's been revealed Paradero is out of the bout, and will be replaced by fellow Filipino Clyde Azarcon (17-3-1, 6).
The reason given for the change was the fact Paradero wanted to be paid in advance for the fight, a rather uncommon request but one that perhaps should be a surprise given the history of Filipino boxers fighting in South Africa.
Ovwr the years promoters like Andile Sidinile and Siphatho Handi have been punished for not paying purses, and there are numerous examples of Filipino's not being given the money from South African promoters that they were expecting, including a long running battle for Jonas Sultan to recieve $1000 for a bout that was cancelled at late notice.
Interestingly Jaoquin M Henson, writing for MSN.com, explained that Paradero was set to get just $4,000 for the fight along with 3 plane tickets.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar shared the news that Filipino world title contender Robert Paradero (18-1, 12) was reportedly set for a WBF world title fight in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, against local hopeful Thembelani Okolo (9-5-1, 5), on June 27th.
The bout would seen Okolo defending the WBF Minimumweight title, which he won in October 2019, when he stopped Ndikho Magadaza, for the first time. The "Guitarman" would be looking to score his most notable win to date, if he can over-come Paradero, and although his record might not be impressive on paper Okolo is no push over. In fact 2017 he gave former world champion Deejay Kriel a really tough test, losing by majority decision in Kriel's home province of Gauteng. Since then he has gone 2-2 (2) but has never been stopped, and will have very clear home advantage in Port Elizabeth.
As for Paradero the bout would be his first since losing in February to Vic Saludar in a bout for the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title. Although the WBF title isn't close to the standing of the WBA "regular" belt it would still be something for Paradero, who would be making his international debut, and getting some ring time with someone who could ask him some serious questions. At times Paradero has looked good but knowing that Filipino fighters rarely win decisions in South Africa we might see more urgency from him than we've seen at times.
Tomorrow in Binan City we'll get a rare "All-Filipino world title" fight as Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) battles against countryman Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) in a bout for the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title.
Today the two men weighed in for the bout and both fighters came in at 104.4lbs, comfortably under the 105lb Minimumweight limit.
For Saludar this is a chance to call himself a 2-time world champion, having previously held the WBO Minimumweight title, and a chance to prove he still belongs among the top guys at 105lbs. It is, however, a bout he must win and another loss here, just 2 fights after he lost the WBO title to Wilfredo Mendez, would leave his career in a precarious position.
As for Paradero this is a huge step up in class for him, and he'll know a win will put him on the boxing map. He comes into this as an unknown, even in the Philippines, but a win over Saludar would do so much for his career.
We know many won't recognise this WBA belt as anything more than a meaningless trinket, a piece of leather and metal. It will however move the winner closer to a bout with "Super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7), and we can't help but like the idea of Knockout facing either the hard hitting Saludar, or a Paradero on the back of a win over Saludar.
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(Image - Shared from an Ian Melodillar social media post)
The ongoing saga over the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title bout between Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) and Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) took another turn on Friday as Bebot Elorde, the promoter of the planned bout, announced a delay to the contest, which was scheduled for January 30th.
The bout, which is said to be the the 5th All Filipino "world" title bout, was originally announced for December 5th last year, before being pushed to January 30th due to Covid19. The latest announcement regarding the contest is that it is now being pushed back to February 20th, following a request from Saludar and his team.
Sadly Mindanao, where Saludar is, is currently on lockdown due to Covid19. This would have meant the 14 day quarantine period he would have needed for the January 30th date wouldn't be possible, according to Elorde.
Not only has the date of this bout changed but it seems that the venue might as well, with the Elorde facility in Paranaque City now being under a general community quarantine (GCQ), essentially ruling out the venue for sport. As a result Elorde is looking to secure a venue in Binan as a backup, in case the GCQ isn't modified in time for the February 20th date.
Elorde revealed to the Manilla Bulletin that issues with this fight actually pre-date the announced December 5th date, telling the paper that the plan was originally to hold this bout in September, but due to the pandemic things are always changing. He does, however, seem determined to put this bout on, stating it was a "good vacant title fight", and it's hard to disagree.
It also appears that the Filipino title bout between Bienvenido Ligas (12-1-1, 9) and Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-6-1, 5), will be pushed back to the February 20th date, continuing the show as a title double header, with 4 round bouts expected to be added to the show to give some more depth to the event.
The brilliant Ian Melodillar, who is obviously well worth following in twitter for breaking news from the Philippines, informed us earlier today that the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title bout between Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) and Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) would be partnered with another excellent all-Filipino bout for the Philippines Flyweight title.
That title bout, as reported above, will see the once beaten Bienvenido Ligas (12-1-1, 9) take on the criminally under-rated Alphoe Dagayloan (14-3-6-1, 5), in what should be a genuinely enthralling encounter.
The talented 22 year old Ligas made his debut in late 2016 and reeled off 6 straight wins before running into Joseph Ambo in March 2018. That bout saw the two men clashing heads and the bout ending in a 2nd round technical draw. A rematch 3 months later saw Ambo take a narrow win over Ligas. Since then Ligas has bounce back, scoring 6 straight wins, including 5 by stoppage, to get his career back on track.
Daygayloan on the other hand had a very, very messy start to his career, going 4-2-4-1 (1) to begin his career. Since then however he has gone 10-1-2 and notched notable wins against Madiyar Zhanuzak and Esneth Domingo, lost a razor thin one to Ryota Yamauchi and fought to a draw in February against Carlo Caesar Penalosa.
The show, on January 30th, is set to be one of the first major Filipino boxing shows of 2021, and although it's main event is a WBA "regular" title bout it's still a brilliant match up to headline the event. Despite that main event being an excellent match we dare say the co-feature could, potentially, outshine it and should be a real thriller.
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