Earlier today the excellent Carlos Toro reported that the WBA had ordered Filipino fighter Vic Saludar (21-4, 11) to defend his WBA "regular" Minimumweight world title against 21 year old Erick Rosa Pacheco (4-0, 1), the current "interim" champion.
The bout, which could go to purse bids if a deal isn't agreed in the next 30 days, is part of the WBA's latest push to get rid of their made up titles. The ones that they have spoken about getting rid of for years, made a token effort with and then been happy to collect sanctioning fees for again.
Whilst this is an interesting match up, especially from a styles perspective with Saludar being a heavy handed but slow foot fighter and Rosa being a fleet footed but feather fisted one, it becomes even more interesting knowing that the winner would become the leading contender to face WBA "super" champion Knockout CP Freshmart (21-0, 7), who we've not seen in the ring since March 2020 when he defended his title against Norihito Tanaka.
Whilst we'd love to see the WBA getting back to a single world champion, we've followed this sport long enough to fairly say this is all a PR move, and will quickly be forgotten, like so many other bouts they've ordered over the past few years and like their various plans to sort out the mess they've happily created.
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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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!
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