Filipino title challenger Froilan Saludar faltered in his bid to join his younger brother as world champion, when he lost in Qingdao, China on Friday night.
Saludar was knocked out by Sho Kimura in the sixth round of their battle for the Japanese fighter’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world title, foiling his and younger sibling Vic’s dream of becoming the first Filipino brothers to reign simultaneously.
Two weeks back, Vic Saludar captured the WBO mini-flyweight crown at the expense of Japanese boxer Ryuya Yamanaka.
Thoroughly motivated, Saludar started strong and took the first two rounds as Kimura took time studying his movements.
Kimura floored Saludar with a body shot in the fifth round and started imposing his will.
Sustaining his bombardment, Kimura downed Saludar twice in the sixth as the Filipino challenger was counted out.
The referee stopped the bout at 0:54 mark of the sixth, according to a Philboxing.com report.
Kimura, 29, raised his record to 17-1-2 with 10 knockouts, all coming in his last 11 fights.
Saludar, also 29, dropped to 28-4-1.
Had Saludar won, he and Vic would have bettered the record of the Peñalosa brothers, Gerry and Dodie Boy, who both became world champions but in different years.
Vic Saludar was unable to join his older brother in China, as he was still resting and savoring his victory over Yamanaka.
Kimura next faces mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7 KOs) on September 24 in Nagoya, Japan.
As for Froilan Saludar, it’s back to the gym to ponder what went wrong and what needs to be done to have another crack at the 112-pound crown.
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