Saludar takes world crown after beating Paradero in split decision

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VIC Saludar is now a two-time world champion after winning the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) minimumweight belt with a split decision win over erstwhile unbeaten Robert Paradero on Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2021, at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan City.

Saludar won two of the three judges' scorecards - 115-113 and 116-112. The other judge scored Paradero ahead with a lopsided score of 118-110.

It was a very competitve fight of fighters with very different styles. Paradero was very aggressive and reckless with his punches, which at times would land. Saludar, on the other hand, was more technical and scored with his counter punches.

Saludar improved to 21-4 with 11 knockouts, while Paradero suffered his first career loss and dropped to 18-1 with 12 knockouts.

The 30-year-old Saludar won his second world title. He once held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight title in 2018 after beating Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka by unanimous decision. He successfully defended the belt once against Mastaka Taniguchi before losing his WBO belt to current champion Wilfredo Mendez by unanimous decision. (EKA)