Saludar captures WBO interim-strap, Melligen wins too

PASAY CITY, Philippines- Filipino flyweight prospect Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar improved his record to 16W-0L-1D, 11KO’s after beating the tough and game Jose Alfredo Tirado (27-12, 19KO’s) of Mexico. He also captures the interim WBO Oriental flyweight title.

The bout was filled with back and forth action. Tirado started quick with a double jab to which Saludar answered with his own jabs. Tirado was aggressive but Saludar was more dominant with his power and ring generalship.

Tirado came out swinging in round 2. Both traded punches in the middle of the ring just a few seconds into the round. Tirado was all attack though it was Saludar who’s landing more accurate punches.

High octane action was witnessed in round 4 as both fighters landed clean hard shots. Saludar tamed Tirado’s attack with his jab and body shots, effectively slowing the Mexican.

Tirado bull rushed Saludar in the opening seconds of round 5. Tirado was consistent with his attack, but Saludar tried to answer with movement and jabs. However, Tirado got the best of him.

The fight was taken on the inside in round 8. Tirado was busy attacking the body while Saludar used his jab to set up his right hand. Tirado was momentarily hurt with a 1-2 combination but went on the attack soon afterwards.

Tirado was still consistent with his attack in round 9. Tirado landed a hard right hand in the middle of round 9 that started a slugfest.

Saludar hurt Tirado with a series of uppercuts and straight rights in the opening seconds of round 11 but the Mexican kept coming even while hurt.

Saludar displayed good footwork and patience in the last round. Tirado was still consistent on the attack and gave his all in the last 10 seconds – only to get tied up by Saludar.

It was a tougher fight than expected but in the end Saludar won by unanimous decision. The scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

“It’s a learning experience for both of us. Froilan had to know how to survive a fight like this,” told Saludar’s trainer Joven Jimenez.

Saludar also acknowledged his opponent after the fight. “He is tough. He hurt me several times with body shots and I also got tired, I just didn’t let him notice”.

In the co-main event, Mark Melligen (23-3, 16KO’s) stopped Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (28-11, 18KO’s) in 2.

Jerwin Ancajas (15-1, 7KO’s) was also on the undercard against Miguel Tamayo (12-4, 11KO’s). Ancajas outboxed his opponent for 9 rounds then eventually stopped him in 10.

By: JM Siasat–57379

Saludar ready for Sept 21 showdown vs. Tirado

Filipino World Boxing Organization youth flyweight champion Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar and Mexican 112-pound titlist Jose Alfredo “Galletas” Tirado slug it out Friday for the vacant WBO Interim Oriental flyweight crown headlining the 62-round Shape Up Boxing Promotions card at the newly-refurbished Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The 23-year-old Saludar, a former amateur standout from Polomok, South Cotabato, will also be staking his immaculate 15-0 win-loss record highlighted by 11 knockouts against the 32-year-old veteran from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico in their 12-round showdown in the main dish of what is expected a slambang offering put up by Baguio City businessman-sportsman Anson Tiu Co.

Both Saludar and Tirado tipped the scale in identical 112-pound during yesterday’s official weight-in supervised by the Games and amusements Board at the Astrodome.

“Ready na po. I have prepared hard and long for this fight at maganda ang kondisyon ko,” Saludar said after the weigh-in. “Napag-aralan ko na po ang kilos ng kalaban at tingin ko kaya naman.”

Tirado who brings with him a vast experience having fought 57 times, winning 27, 19 of them by KO, and losing 11 when he battles his much younger Filipino opponent.

“I did not come here just to lose,” Tirado, for his part said with confidence, adding though he’s impressed with Saludar’s unbeaten record. “He’s very young and I expect a good fight.”

The “Kamao: Kidlat At Maso” event is being supported by Pasay City Mayor Antonino “:Toni” Calixto, Tobi, Cooyeesan Hotel of Baguio, Cherrylume, Sumo G.I. Sheets, Omico, GMA News, Boysen, MBC, Philpost, AC Harris, SMFI, Heritage Hotel, Victor, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Jordan Farms, MNTC, JJS, Creative D’Vision, Digipost and Metapixel.

Bacolod City pride Mark Jason Melligen goes up against Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat of Ubon Rachathani, Thailand in a 10-round bantamweight fight in the supporting main event.

Jerwin Ancajas of Panabu City in Davao del Norte tests the mettle of Miguel Tamayo, also of Mexico in the other 10-rounder featuring two super-bantamweight protagonists.

An eight-round scrap between up-coming mini-flyweight campaigners Jessie Espina and Ronelle Ferreras, a apair of six-rounders and a four-rounder complete the 62-round card.

Larry Abarra and Macrea Gandionco, both of the Shape Up boxing stable of Tiu Co, battle Danilo Gabisay and Arnold Garde, respectively in six round, while Jonathan dela Cruz, another Tiu Co fighter, takes on Dominador Mantes in the four-round curtain raiser that starts the card at 6 p.m.

By: Eddie Alines

Popeye Palicte Guns For WBO Asia Pacific Title

Two exciting young prospects will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title on August 11 in a fight card that will be covered by GMA TV Network for its top-rated sports show “ALL SPORTS” telecast Sundays at 9:30 a.m. over GMA News TV 11.

The fight card is promoted by Joven Sports Promotions owned by the young and hard working Joven Jimenez. Aside from being a promoter himself, Jimenez also juggles his activities in boxing as a manager and trainer at the Top Contender Boxing Gym based in Muntinlupa City. Some of Top Contender’s notable boxers include the WBO World No. 2 Froilan Saludar, RP 140 lb. champion Adones Cabalquinto and former WBO Asia Pacific Youth champ Jerwin Ancajas.

Vincent “Popeye” Palicte, who is presently managed by Jason Soong of Planet Jupiter Boxing Gym in Makati City is looking good in training but is expected to have his work cut out for him against Frederix Rodriguez, a brawler who packs a big punch from the town of Maramag in the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao. At present, Rodriguez is engaged in a high-altitude training in Baguio City under the tutelage of the Highland Boxing Gym based in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Palicte has a record of 14-3-1 with 7 knockouts while Rodriguez has a record of 8-2-1 with 6 knockouts which indicate that this championship battle will be a classic fight between a technical boxer/puncher in Palicte and the big puncher in Rodriguez.

Palicte, born in the boxing-rich Bago City in Negros Occidental, was at one time an amateur national boxing champion and was at one point in time one win away to qualify for the Olympic Games. As a professional fighter, he won the vacant WBC International title on September 12, 2009 at the San Andres Sports Complex outpointing Carlo Magale. He lost that title in his first defense three months later, in a fight held at the backyard of his challenger, Carmelo Ballone of Belgium.

Palicte who is 26 years old is nicknamed “Popeye”. He had two fights this year beating Ryan Soliveres by 4th round knockout in a scheduled ten round bout on March 11 and scoring another big KO win over Renan Branzuela last July 10.

Rodriguez, 23, has won all of his first seven fights, five of which were big knockouts in either the first or the second round. In his most recent fight, Rodriguez blasted away John Paul Apolinario in the very first round on his way to another KO victory in the opening round. That fight was held in Bukidnon only last April 28 this year.

The supporting bouts in this fight card are stacked with young prospects trying to carve their own name in the Philippine boxing scene. Jerwin Ancajas (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will exchange leathers with John Paul Bautista (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight match. Undefeated Aston Palicte (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Vincent’s younger brother will be tested by Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO), the latter being the last opponent of the late Karlo Maquinto. Benezer Alolod (10-4-2, 1 KO) will fight fellow young prospect Noli Morales (9-1-0, 3 KOs).

Froilan Saludar

Saludar made his professional debut in late 2009 when he was 20 years old and scored an opening round TKO over fellow debutant Roland Gamolo. In fact Saludar’s first 3 contests ended in the opening round. Saludar’s run of KO’s would end with 3 straight decision wins including a 6 rounder against Ryan Illustrisimo. In his next fight Saludar’s record took it’s first black with a technical draw against Brian Diano after a clash of heads very early in the fight caused the early end.

Since the technical draw Saludar has really started to progress his career. He would win his first title, the WBO Asia Pacific Youth flyweight title 5 months after the Diano fight by defeating Remuel Obidos in just 146 seconds. The win over Obidos showed the impressive power of Saludar who left Obidos out cold in the centre of the ring face first.

Since knocking out Obidos for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title Saludar has fought twice, defending the title once and then adding the WBO Youth flyweight title when he faced Sor Veerapol  in just 84 seconds.
So far the man known as “The Sniper” has shown fantastic potential, he has lightning fast hands, hurtful power in both hands and true 1 punch KO power. Although he lacks experience having just fought 29 rounds as a professional he’s managed to climb up the world rankings and now stands at #2 with the WBO at Flyweight. In his most recent fight, Saludar made quick work of Nelson Llanos when he knocked him out in the first round. Standing at 5’5”, Froilan Saludar could well be the next big boxing star from the fight crazy Philippines following in the footsteps of Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao.
1.) WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight title
2.) WBO Youth Flyweight title
3.) WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title

Gello-Ani is Confident Saludar Can Win a World Title

Well known promoter Sammy Gelloani is confident that undefeated flyweight Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar can win a world title if given a chance.

Saludar is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO behind ALA Promotions Milan Melindo with another Filipino Brian Viloria reigning as champion. Saludar is also ranked No. 8 by the IBF, No. 9 by the WBC and No. 15 by the WBA.

But before he aspires for a world title shot, Saludar will have to overcome the challenge of Mexico’s Alejandro “Terrible” Morales whom he battles at the Hoops Dome in Lapu Lapu City on Saturday in an exciting fight card that also features former WBO world super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona who is trying desperately to make a comeback and earn another world title shot.

The fighters as well as Gello-ani will be present at a press conference to be held at Masas restaurant in Greenbelt 2 in Makati at 12 noon on Wednesday, hosted by AKTV 13 which will telecast the fights on a slightly delayed basis from the Hoops Dome at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The 23 year old Morales is considered a typical Mexican warrior who comes to fight and has an impressive record of 13-1 with 7 knockouts to back him up. His only loss was in a battle of then undefeated fighters when he was stunned by Julio Ceja (16-0, 14 KO’s) in a 1st round TKO loss in a WBC FECARBOX super flyweight title fight on September 3, 2011. However, Morales  quickly recovered from that setback with a unanimous eight round decision over Israel Rojas on October 7, 2011.

Reports on Morales received by the Standard state that he is impressive  against fighters who are not in the top of the rankings and that he had “stepped up a bit in his 2nd round knockout of Patricio Camacho” on April 29, 2011.

Gello-ani told Standard “I am very confident of Saludar if he is given an opportunity very early for the world title. He is very disciplined, has a matured mind and the ambition. Everything is with him.”

The promising Saludar has a record of 14-0-1 with 11 knockouts and is the current WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Youth flyweight champion. He is coming off a 1st round knockout of a veteran of 51 fights, Nelson Llanos last December 23. Saludar dropped Llanos twice in the opening round with devastating body shots before the referee waved the fight off..

Saludar won the WBO title with a 10th round TKO over a battling Gabriel Pumar in an action-packed title fight at the Island Cove in Cavite on August 6, 2011 which was also covered by AKTV IBC 13.

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

More Awards For Filipino Boxers and Referee at WBO Convention

It’s been a great WBO Convention for the Philippines with “Promoter of the Year” Sammy Gello-ani joined by two other boxers and a referee at the recently concluded WBO Awards ceremony in Puerto Rico.

WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo told the Manila Standard that undefeated 22 year old Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar who has a record of 13-0-1 with 10 knockouts was named WBO Asia Pacific and WBO World Youth flyweight “Boxer of the Year.”

Saludar won the Asia Pacific title with a rousing 10th round TKO over Gabriel Pumar in an exciting title fight at the Island Cove Resort in Cavite telecast by AKTV IBC Channel 13 last August 6.

Saludar had earlier won the vacant Youth title with a sensational 1st round TKO over Thailand’s Liempetch Sor Veerapol on the top rated weekly boxing show “The Main Event” also telecast on AKTV IBC Channel 13.

Undefeated 19 year old southpaw Jerwin Ancajas was named WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight “Boxer of the Year” for winning the title by a unanimous ten round decision over Rex Tito last April 16.

Referee, lawyer Danrex Tapdasan was awarded the WBO Asia Pacific “Official of the Year” and commended as “ as one of Asia’s most

Photo: Froilan Saludar (C) with WBO Vice-President Leon Panoncillo (L) and Promoter Samson Gello-ani (R).


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Froilan Saludar Grabs Another WBO Strap in Kawit

Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar won a third World Boxing Organization title with a rousing 10th round TKO over a game and gutsy Gabriel Pumar, the former WBC International minimum weight champion before a good crowd at the picturesque Island Cove Resort and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite.

The undefeated Saludar hammered Pumar with thunderous body shots throughout but the superbly conditioned Japan-based fighter refused to buckle under the onslaught and often fought back tenaciously with solid combinations of his own.

However, after Pumar caught Saludar with a clear low blow in the tenth round, the second after an earlier infraction in the fourth , a seemingly incensed Saludar went after Pumar with a flurry of vicious punches capped by a couple of cracking rights that sent Pumar crashing into the ropes and almost down before he was embraced by referee Danrex Tapdasan who wisely called a halt at 2:54 of the round.

With the win Saludar captured the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight crown to add to his WBO Asia Pacific Youth championship and WBO World Youth Championship titles while improving his record to 13-0-1 with 10 knockouts.

Pumar who won the admiration of fight fans for his gallant stand dropped to 14-6-1 with 9 knockouts.

After taking the first two rounds with thundering right hooks to the body and a couple of stinging right straights against the southpaw Pumar, Saludar was momentarily shaken when Pumar caught him with an uppercut and a flurry of punches before Saludar hit back with some vicious shots to the body and head in the third round.

A Pumar low blow early in round four angered Saludar who almost sent him through the ropes with vicious body shots but Pumar fought back with several shots to the head. After the action eased up in rounds 5 to 7, Pumar connected with a good right hook in the eighth followed by two good lefts before he jumped in and caught Saludar with a nifty right.

In a scheduled ten round super flyweight battle southpaw Jerwin Ancajas kept his unbeaten streak going with an 8th round TKO over tough Jason Egera in a slambang encounter that saw Egera wilt under a barrage of body shots and as Ancajas chased him around the ring referee Tapdasan stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:38 of the round.

In another action-packed bout super featherweight Rey Labao scored a 5th round majority technical decision over Jose Ocampo when the ring physician instructed referee Sammy Bernabe to stop the bout after Ocampo was bleeding from a cut over his right eye which the referee claimed was caused by an accidental head-butt.

However, repeated slow motion replays by AKTV IBC 13 which telecast the fights on a slightly delayed basis showed it was a perfect left straight that opened up the cut.

Two of the three judges had Labao who whooped it up in the center of the ring the winner with Salven Lagumbay scoring it 48-47 and Epi Almeda 49-46 while Romy Yulo had it even at 48-48..

By Ronnie Nathanielsz–42410

Froilan Saludar goes for WBO Asia Pacific Title

Promising Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar, known for his awesome punching power goes for the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title in a clash with former WBC International minimum weight champion Gabriel “Big Gunz” Pumar at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite on Saturday.

The fight card will be telecast over AKTV Channel 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Saludar, brother of Asian Games gold medalist Ray Saludar is undefeated in 13 bouts with 12 wins, one draw and 9 knockouts.

He won the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title with a smashing 1st round knockout of Remuel Obidos on November 20, 2010 and followed this up with a 2nd round TKO over tough Jecker Buhawe in his first title defense on December 22, 2010.

Saludar scored a devastating 1st round TKO last February 19 in the boxing hotbed of Cavite over Thailand’s Liempetch Sor Veerapol who had previously given current WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria a difficult time before Viloria won by a 7th round TKO.

In his last title defense Saludar knocked out Indonesia’s Jack Amisa who had 38 fights in his career with 20 wins in the very first round, once again demonstrating the WBO world No. 4 ranked contender’s punching power.

Although his opponent Pumar has lost his last two fights against Japanese opponents, his experience fighting abroad against some top class opponents including world champion Nkosinathi Joyi is expected to help him in trying to cope with the power of Saludar.

Pumar won the WBC International minimum weight title with the Filipino southpaw scoring a stunning 7th round TKO over fancied Tshepo Lefele in South Africa on March 31, 2006. He also put on a fine showing in a close ten round loss to current WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda on May 13, 2009 in Japan.

Since the loss to Kameda, Pumar won four fights in a row including three by knockouts. He has a record of 16-6-1 with 9 knockouts.