Unbeaten Froilan Saludar takes another giant step in his bid for boxing superstardom as he squares off with veteran Gabriel Pumar for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific flyweight title this Saturday, August 6 at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite.
Saludar, who comes from the well-known boxing family from General Santos City, is one of the country’s bright prospects for a world title at the 108-pound division, and his 12-round fight against Pumar, 25, definitely serves as the toughest challenge yet of his pro career that began in 2009.
Boxing fans can catch the Saludar-Pumar encounter over AKTV on IBC channel 13 at 9 pm.
The brother of Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner Rey and bronze medalist Victorio, the older Saludar sports an impressive 12-0-1 record, including nine KOs and currently holds the WBO Youth flyweight crown.
Known as “The Sniper,” Saludar is coming off a first round destruction of Indonesian Jack Amisa last May for his first defense of his Youth title which he won at the expense of Thai Liempetch Sor Veerapol.
The 22-year-old Saludar, who was once a member of the national team as part of Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines’ national pool, is presently rated No. 4 by the WBO.
Saludar has also been recognized as the next best prospect for 2011 by Philboxing.com.
Like Saludar, Pumar is a southpaw and a tough nut to crack, having been a pro since 2004.
A native of Lapu-Lapu City Cebu, Pumar, dubbed `The Big Gunz’ has a ring record of 16-6-1, with 9 KOs.
He fought his previous seven bouts in Japan, but lost the last two against Hiroki Sato and Norihito Tanaka.
Pumar once reigned as World Boxing Council (WBC) International minimumweight champion following an upset of South African Tshepo Lefele with a seventh round technical knockout.
Among his notable opponents include African Nkosinathi Joyi, the current International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight titleholder, and Japanese Daiki Kameda, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight champion.