VICTORIO “Vicious” Saludar ended Robert “Super Inggo” Paradero’s career winning run with a split decision win and claimed the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) minimumweight championship on Saturday in Binan City, Laguna.
Judges Aquil Tamano penned a 115-113 score and lawyer-judge Danrex Tapdasan scored 116-112 for Saludar, while judge Alfie Jocosol gave 118-110 for Paradero
Both fighters showed rustiness because of long layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but made their signature fighting style midway until the final bell of their 12-round title fight promoted by Bebot Elorde of Elorde International Promotions and sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
Saludar, also the reigning Asia Boxing Federation champion, hiked his ring record to 21 win with four losses, while Paradero, the pride of Bukidnon suffered his first defeat after 18 wins with 12 knockouts.
In the supporting main event, undefeated Carl Jammes Martin of Ifugao, considered as the country’s next boxing star, stopped Joe in 5th round in their super bantamweight bout.
Other matches showed Rechel Calo of Elorde Boxing Gym won over Ruel Panales of Dasmarinas via majority decision; Eugene Noynay of Elorde scored another majority decision against Jerico Tanate of Olivetti Boxing Gym, while Archiel Villamor of Elorde defeated Leslie Manalo of Dy Incredible via unanimous decision.
The event was postponed several times due to the pandemic. It was sponsored by Ginebra San Miguel, Pagcor, Jun Soriano Realty, Water Boy System, Fairtex and Elorde Sports Center.