Saludar made his professional debut in late 2009 when he was 20 years old and scored an opening round TKO over fellow debutant Roland Gamolo. In fact Saludar’s first 3 contests ended in the opening round. Saludar’s run of KO’s would end with 3 straight decision wins including a 6 rounder against Ryan Illustrisimo. In his next fight Saludar’s record took it’s first black with a technical draw against Brian Diano after a clash of heads very early in the fight caused the early end.

Since the technical draw Saludar has really started to progress his career. He would win his first title, the WBO Asia Pacific Youth flyweight title 5 months after the Diano fight by defeating Remuel Obidos in just 146 seconds. The win over Obidos showed the impressive power of Saludar who left Obidos out cold in the centre of the ring face first.

Since knocking out Obidos for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title Saludar has fought twice, defending the title once and then adding the WBO Youth flyweight title when he faced Sor Veerapol  in just 84 seconds.
So far the man known as “The Sniper” has shown fantastic potential, he has lightning fast hands, hurtful power in both hands and true 1 punch KO power. Although he lacks experience having just fought 29 rounds as a professional he’s managed to climb up the world rankings and now stands at #2 with the WBO at Flyweight. In his most recent fight, Saludar made quick work of Nelson Llanos when he knocked him out in the first round. Standing at 5’5”, Froilan Saludar could well be the next big boxing star from the fight crazy Philippines following in the footsteps of Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao.
1.) WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight title
2.) WBO Youth Flyweight title
3.) WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight title

Well known promoter Sammy Gelloani is confident that undefeated flyweight Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar can win a world title if given a chance.

Saludar is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO behind ALA Promotions Milan Melindo with another Filipino Brian Viloria reigning as champion. Saludar is also ranked No. 8 by the IBF, No. 9 by the WBC and No. 15 by the WBA.

But before he aspires for a world title shot, Saludar will have to overcome the challenge of Mexico’s Alejandro “Terrible” Morales whom he battles at the Hoops Dome in Lapu Lapu City on Saturday in an exciting fight card that also features former WBO world super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona who is trying desperately to make a comeback and earn another world title shot.

The fighters as well as Gello-ani will be present at a press conference to be held at Masas restaurant in Greenbelt 2 in Makati at 12 noon on Wednesday, hosted by AKTV 13 which will telecast the fights on a slightly delayed basis from the Hoops Dome at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The 23 year old Morales is considered a typical Mexican warrior who comes to fight and has an impressive record of 13-1 with 7 knockouts to back him up. His only loss was in a battle of then undefeated fighters when he was stunned by Julio Ceja (16-0, 14 KO’s) in a 1st round TKO loss in a WBC FECARBOX super flyweight title fight on September 3, 2011. However, Morales  quickly recovered from that setback with a unanimous eight round decision over Israel Rojas on October 7, 2011.

Reports on Morales received by the Standard state that he is impressive  against fighters who are not in the top of the rankings and that he had “stepped up a bit in his 2nd round knockout of Patricio Camacho” on April 29, 2011.

Gello-ani told Standard “I am very confident of Saludar if he is given an opportunity very early for the world title. He is very disciplined, has a matured mind and the ambition. Everything is with him.”

The promising Saludar has a record of 14-0-1 with 11 knockouts and is the current WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Youth flyweight champion. He is coming off a 1st round knockout of a veteran of 51 fights, Nelson Llanos last December 23. Saludar dropped Llanos twice in the opening round with devastating body shots before the referee waved the fight off..

Saludar won the WBO title with a 10th round TKO over a battling Gabriel Pumar in an action-packed title fight at the Island Cove in Cavite on August 6, 2011 which was also covered by AKTV IBC 13.

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar won a third World Boxing Organization title with a rousing 10th round TKO over a game and gutsy Gabriel Pumar, the former WBC International minimum weight champion before a good crowd at the picturesque Island Cove Resort and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite.

The undefeated Saludar hammered Pumar with thunderous body shots throughout but the superbly conditioned Japan-based fighter refused to buckle under the onslaught and often fought back tenaciously with solid combinations of his own.

However, after Pumar caught Saludar with a clear low blow in the tenth round, the second after an earlier infraction in the fourth , a seemingly incensed Saludar went after Pumar with a flurry of vicious punches capped by a couple of cracking rights that sent Pumar crashing into the ropes and almost down before he was embraced by referee Danrex Tapdasan who wisely called a halt at 2:54 of the round.

With the win Saludar captured the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight crown to add to his WBO Asia Pacific Youth championship and WBO World Youth Championship titles while improving his record to 13-0-1 with 10 knockouts.

Pumar who won the admiration of fight fans for his gallant stand dropped to 14-6-1 with 9 knockouts.

After taking the first two rounds with thundering right hooks to the body and a couple of stinging right straights against the southpaw Pumar, Saludar was momentarily shaken when Pumar caught him with an uppercut and a flurry of punches before Saludar hit back with some vicious shots to the body and head in the third round.

A Pumar low blow early in round four angered Saludar who almost sent him through the ropes with vicious body shots but Pumar fought back with several shots to the head. After the action eased up in rounds 5 to 7, Pumar connected with a good right hook in the eighth followed by two good lefts before he jumped in and caught Saludar with a nifty right.

In a scheduled ten round super flyweight battle southpaw Jerwin Ancajas kept his unbeaten streak going with an 8th round TKO over tough Jason Egera in a slambang encounter that saw Egera wilt under a barrage of body shots and as Ancajas chased him around the ring referee Tapdasan stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:38 of the round.

In another action-packed bout super featherweight Rey Labao scored a 5th round majority technical decision over Jose Ocampo when the ring physician instructed referee Sammy Bernabe to stop the bout after Ocampo was bleeding from a cut over his right eye which the referee claimed was caused by an accidental head-butt.

However, repeated slow motion replays by AKTV IBC 13 which telecast the fights on a slightly delayed basis showed it was a perfect left straight that opened up the cut.

Two of the three judges had Labao who whooped it up in the center of the ring the winner with Salven Lagumbay scoring it 48-47 and Epi Almeda 49-46 while Romy Yulo had it even at 48-48..

By Ronnie Nathanielsz–42410

Promising Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar, known for his awesome punching power goes for the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title in a clash with former WBC International minimum weight champion Gabriel “Big Gunz” Pumar at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite on Saturday.

The fight card will be telecast over AKTV Channel 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Saludar, brother of Asian Games gold medalist Ray Saludar is undefeated in 13 bouts with 12 wins, one draw and 9 knockouts.

He won the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title with a smashing 1st round knockout of Remuel Obidos on November 20, 2010 and followed this up with a 2nd round TKO over tough Jecker Buhawe in his first title defense on December 22, 2010.

Saludar scored a devastating 1st round TKO last February 19 in the boxing hotbed of Cavite over Thailand’s Liempetch Sor Veerapol who had previously given current WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria a difficult time before Viloria won by a 7th round TKO.

In his last title defense Saludar knocked out Indonesia’s Jack Amisa who had 38 fights in his career with 20 wins in the very first round, once again demonstrating the WBO world No. 4 ranked contender’s punching power.

Although his opponent Pumar has lost his last two fights against Japanese opponents, his experience fighting abroad against some top class opponents including world champion Nkosinathi Joyi is expected to help him in trying to cope with the power of Saludar.

Pumar won the WBC International minimum weight title with the Filipino southpaw scoring a stunning 7th round TKO over fancied Tshepo Lefele in South Africa on March 31, 2006. He also put on a fine showing in a close ten round loss to current WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda on May 13, 2009 in Japan.

Since the loss to Kameda, Pumar won four fights in a row including three by knockouts. He has a record of 16-6-1 with 9 knockouts.