Pinoy Vic Saludar becomes WBO Minimumweight World Champion

ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Jul 14 2018 04:49 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2018 07:06 PM

Vic Saludar. Santino Honasan, ABS-CBN Sports

Filipino boxer "Vicious" Vic Saludar is the new World Boxing Organization minimumweight king after he outpointed erstwhile champion Ryuya Yamanaka in Kobe, Japan on Friday night.

The 27-year-old weathered a strong showing by Yamanaka in the early rounds, tagging the Filipino with a huge left hand to the head and several strong shots to the body, according to a fight report on

But the former national team member turned the tide in the second half of the bout.

In the seventh, Saludar, who came in as the WBO’s No. 3 contender, unloaded a 1-2 combo that dropped Yamanaka.

The knockdown proved crucial and it swayed the judges to reward Saludar a unanimous decision.

The judges scored the fight, 116-111, 117-110 and 115-112.

It was Saludar’s second attempt at a world title, according to

In 2015, he challenged Kosei Tanaka for the WBO minimumweight championship. Despite leading the scoresheets, he was stopped with a brutal body shot in the sixth round.

Saludar now has a record of 18 wins and 3 losses. Yamanaka dropped to 16-3.

The Cagayan de Oro native won a bronze medal as a light flyweight in the 2010 Asian Games. 

This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.