Pinoy Vic Saludar becomes WBO Minimumweight World Champion

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 14, 2018 09:45 AM
Pinoy Vic Saludar becomes WBO World Champion
(FILE PHOTO/Santino Honasan, ABS-CBN Sports)

The Philippines gained another world champion in boxing, as Cotabato-born 'Vicious' Vic Saludar outpointed hometown bet Ryuya Yamanaka to in Kobe, Japan, Friday evening to become the new WBO Minimumweight World Champion.

Saludar bucked a slow start to control the pace of the fight after the second round.

The Pinoy iced the victory in the seventh round after dropping the champion with a solid straight right. 

After 12 rounds of action, the judges saw the fight in favor of Saludar, 116-111, 117-110, 115-112. 

Saludar, a veteran of the Pinoy Pride boxing series, improves his career record to 18 wins and 3 losses. 

The 23-year old makes good on his second attempt at world championship gold after losing his WBO Minimumweight World Championship bid against Kosei Tanaka back in 2015. 

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