Victorio Miranda Saludar, born on November 3, 1990, is a Filipino professional boxer notable for his accomplishments in the boxing world. He held the WBO mini-flyweight title from 2018 to 2019 and later secured the WBA (Regular) mini-flyweight title in 2021.
Amateur Career Saludar’s amateur career was marked by success. He achieved the title of six-time national amateur champion in the flyweight division. Additionally, he attained a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games, where he reached the semifinals before being defeated by Birzhan Zhakypov. The boxing prowess runs in his family, as both his brothers are also boxers. Rey Saludar, one of his brothers, secured a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games, while Froilan Saludar gained recognition as a former world-title challenger.
Professional Career Early Steps Saludar embarked on his professional boxing journey with a debut match against Juanito Hundante on July 13, 2013. He clinched victory through a first-round technical knockout. Over the next two years, he amassed an impressive 11-1 record, with one of his notable victories being a first-round technical knockout over Rizky Pratama to claim the vacant WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title.
WBO Mini Flyweight Championship Saludar’s ascent led him to challenge Ryuya Yamanaka, the reigning WBO mini flyweight champion, in Yamanaka’s second title defense. The fight was slated for July 13, 2018, at the Central Gym in Kobe, Japan. Ranked as the #3 contender in the WBO mini flyweight division, Saludar emerged victorious through a unanimous decision with scorecards of 116-111, 117-110, and 115-112. Saludar’s performance included a knockdown of Yamanaka in the seventh round and a cut above Yamanaka’s left eye by the end of the bout.
Saludar’s initial WBO title defense took place on February 26, 2019, against Masataka Taniguchi at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. He secured a decisive unanimous decision victory, with two judges scoring the fight 117-111 and the third judge awarding him a 118-110 scorecard.
Second Title Defense and Loss In his second WBO title defense, Saludar faced Wilfredo Méndez on August 24, 2019, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Despite being favored to retain his title, Saludar encountered challenges as his coach and manager faced visa and personal issues. Ultimately, Méndez won the fight by unanimous decision, with scores of 117-110, 115-112, and 116-111.
Saludar’s journey in professional boxing has been marked by both triumphs and setbacks, showcasing his resilience and determination within the sport.