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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