By Lito delos Reyes
DAVAO CITY – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) World minimumweight champion Victorio “Vicious” Saludar of Polomolok, South Cotabato will fight undefeated Robert “Inggo” Paradero of Malaybalay City on Dec. 5 at The Flash Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Paranaque City.
The 29-year old Saludar (20W-4L-0D, 11KO) knockout Mike Kinaadman of Iligan City in the 6th round to win the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) minimumweight title last Dec. 21 in Naga City.
In his third title defense for the WBO World title, Saludar lost to Wilfredo Mendez of Puerto Rico by a unanimous decision in Puerto Rico last Aug. 24.
Paradero (18W-0L, 12KO), on the other hand, stopped Jonathan Almacen of Muntinlupa in the 1st round last April 5 in Malaybalay.
In 2018, the 24-year old Paradero defeated Royder Lloyd Borbon of Cotabato by a unanimous decision to win the WBO Asia Pacific Youth minimumweight title in Manolo Fortich.
“The Saludar versus Paradero 12-round title fight will be a close door event,” said promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde of Elorde International Productions.