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.
Back in September it was reported that former WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) would be clashing with the unbeaten Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) for the WBA "regular" Minimumweight title on December 5th. Sadly over the last few weeks that date was appearing less and less likely and yesterday it was confirmed that the date had indeed slipped
Rather than taking place in early December the bout has now been pushed to the back of January, with a new date of January 30th.
The delay, unsurprisingly, is Covid19 related, with with Metro Manila being in a state of general community quarantine until the end of the year, which is preventing sporting events in the regional.
Despite the delay the bout will still take place at the Elorde Sports Complex Philippines, Sucat, Paranaque City and Bebot Elorde has told the Philippines Daily Tribune that the end delay will give him more time to get things ready, essentially looking at the positives rather than the negatives.
It should be noted that the winner here will be the WBA's "secondary" champion, though would be in the running to face current "Super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who sadly hasn't fought since a win in March against Norihito Tanaka [田中教仁], and has seen various rumours amount to nothing.
Whilst the delay is a disappointment it is worth noting that boxing is set to pick up in the Philippines, and there are other shows set for December as well as a host of international bouts for Filipino fighters. These include the December 19th bout between Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1, 12), for the WBC Bantamweight title, the December 20th bout with Jayson Mama (15-0, 8) challenging IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (39-2, 26) and the December 19th world title eliminator between Jeny Boy Boca (14-6, 12) and Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7).
After months of seeing very limited Filipino action it now appears the country could be set for a huge month to finish the year, and also have something exciting to look forward to in January!
Earlier this week news broke that Elorde International Productions were planning a WBA "regular" Minimumweight title bout between former WBO champion Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) and the unbeaten Robert Paradero (18-0, 12). Today that bout was officially confirmed as being set, with the bout planned for December 5th.
The contest will be taking place at The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex Philippines, Sucat, Paranaque City, but sadly the ballroom will not be packed with fans as the event has already been slated to be behind closed doors.
At the moment there are no other details regarding the rest of the show, but it is great to see promoters looking to get boxing back up and running in the Philippines, which hasn't seen any boxing in months, and has also seen ALA Boxing close.
In theory the winner of this match up will be in the running for a 2021 clash with Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท]. Sadly though logic in boxing really never applies, and even less so in the current global situation. Still we would love to see a bout between either guy and Knockout, and there had actually been plans for Saludar to face Knockout, had he not lost the WBO title last year.
Yesterday Philboxing's Dong Secuya reported that plans are in the works to hold an all-Filipino bout for the WBA "regular" Minimumweight on December 3rd at the Elorde Sports Center.
The bout would see former WBO champion Vic Saludar (20-4, 11) taking on the unbeaten Robert Paradero (18-0, 12) for the title, which is the secondary title with Knockout CP Freshmart holding the "Super" title.
The exciting, heavy handed and often under-rated Saludar will be fighting for the second time since losing the WBO title to Wilfredo Mendez in August 2019. The loss to Mendez was a big hit to his career, and reportedly cost him a world title unification bout in Thailand. A win here over Paradero would open up doors for him to fight bigger bouts, and potentially face Knockout in 2021.
As for Paradero the bout the bout is set to be a huge step up for him. Paradero has promised a lot but struggled for activity in recent years, fighting just once in 2018 and once in 2019, with travel issues causing a number of international bouts to fall through. He has long been seen as a potential world champion in the Philippines, but the 24 year really has wasted the last few years and slowed his ascent to big time bouts.
Given how things are in regards to the on going situation in the Philippines we've not seen any boxing in the country in months. With cases still rising in the country at a fairly high rate, an average of over 3,000 positive cases a day, there is a chance these plans will be scuppered. We hope they aren't, and we hope boxing returns to the Philippines, but we also hope it does so safely and in a manner that is safe for everyone.
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