WBO Minimumweight World Champion 🇵🇭Vic Saludar (19-3, 10 KO’s) of the Philippines hits the road again for his second title defense, this time in Puerto Rico as he takes on mandatory #1 contender 🇵🇷Wilfredo Méndez (13-1, 5 KO’s) a Puerto Rico native on Saturday.
In his first title defense, “Vicious” Saludar earned a unanimous decision over Japan’s Masataka Tanaguchi in Tokyo, Japan.
Wilfredo “Bimbito” Mendez is coming off a split decision win over Janiel Rivera that was overshadowed by scorecard confusion from one of the judges but Mendez was the clear winner of the fight.
In addition to being on the road for the third straight time, Saludar will be without his head trainer Michael Palacios as he was unable to be approved for his visa. Instead of Palacios, the corner will be manned by Bobby Villaver who has trained Saludar in the amateur ranks and has also trained his brother Froilan in the past.
Mendez is a fighter that likes to use tactics to drag the fight out for the distance and will win ugly if need be. Both Saludar and Villaver are fully aware of the circumstances involved when fighting on the road, and have stated they are aiming to end this one within the 12 rounds to avoid any possibility of being robbed on the scorecards.