Boxing: Froilan Saludar eyes world title, becoming second champ in family

Roy Luarca

Posted at Jul 27 2018 11:21 AM

Froilan Saludar during a training session ahead of his world-title fight in Qingdao, China. Courtesy of Froilan Saludar's Facebook

Froilan Saludar will attempt to duplicate his younger brother's feat, when he tangles with Sho Kimura for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world flyweight championship at Qingdao Guosen Gymnasium in Qingdao, China on Friday.

If Saludar beats his Japanese opponent, he will join Vic, the WBO mini-flyweight title-holder, as world-champion siblings in what could be the first Filipino brothers to reign simultaneously.

The Peñalosas, Gerry and Dodie Boy, were world champions but not at the same time. 

During Thursday’s official weigh-in, Kimura came in at 111.66 pounds while Froilan Saludar checked in at 111.22 pounds.

Saludar holds a 28-win, 2-loss, 1-draw record with 19 knockouts while Kimura totes a 16-1-2 card with 9 KOs.

Though Saludar holds a better knockout percentage (61% to 48%), having stopped his last 5 opponents, Kimura has gotten stronger as can be gleaned from the 9 KOs he made in his last 10 victories.

Froilan, who hails from Polomolok town, Cotabato del Sur, but is based in Cagayan de Oro City, trained in General Santos City and left for Qingdao on Tuesday.

Kimura, 29, will be defend the title he wrested from 2-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming of China for the second time.

The Tokyo resident stopped compatriot Igarashi Toshiyuki on December 31, 2017, in his first defense.

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