Boxing: Vic Saludar ready for Puerto Rico bout, but hometown bias a concern

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2019 01:10 AM

Vic Saludar will defend his world minimumweight title in hostile territory, when he faces Wilfredo Mendez at the latter’s turf at Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan on August 24.

Saludar won the World Boxing Organization belt on a 12-round decision over Ryuya Yamanaka in July 2018. He successfully defended the crown against another Japanese, Masataka Taniguchi, in February.

Mendez, on the other hand, became the mandatory challenger after winning 4 straight fights. He holds a win-loss record of 13-1, while Saludar own a 19-3 mark.

Kenneth Rontal, Saludar’s manager, acknowledged that he has concerns fighting in Puerto Rico.

“We’re very optimistic of this defense because of Vic’s experience and skill level,” Rontal said in Quinito Henson’s report posted on PhilBoxing.com, adding that Saludar is doing well in training.

“However, our concern is Mendez’s hometown advantage. We’ve already requested the WBO president (Paco Valcarcel) to provide a neutral referee and neutral judges.”

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