Mexican Tirado will eat his words, vows Saludar
Unbeaten Froilan Saludar, left, Jerwin Ancajas and Mark Jason Melligen will be up against foreign rivals in the September 21 fight card put up by Shape Up owner and promoter Anson Co Tiu. Jerome Ascano

FROILAN Saludar stakes his unbeaten record against a tough Mexican who once tormented a pair of Filipino boxers, as they clash in next week’s Kamao: Kidlat at Maso boxing card at the Astrodome.

The 23-year-old Saludar, brother of Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner Rey, squares off with Jose Alfredo Tirado in a 12-round championship bout which the older Mexican has vowed to win.

Tirado beat the now retired `Z’ Gorres  (10-round unanimous decision) and Diosdado Gabi (fourth-round technical decision) in 2006 and 2005, respectively.

“I have high respect for Filipino fighters, but I came here to launch my international career, and I prepared long enough to beat another Filipino fighter,” said Tirado, a native of Sinaloa, during the press conference of the September 21 eight-fight card presented by Shape Up boxing promotions.

Tirado has a record of 27 wins, 11 losses, with 19 knockouts.

At stake in the fight is Saludar’s Interim World Boxing Organization Oriental flyweight crown.

Saludar’s record stands at 15-0-1, with 11 KOs.

Also up against foreign opponents are Mark Jason Melligen and Jerwin Ancajas. Melligen takes on Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat of Thailand in a 10-round match, while Ancajas clashes with Mexican Miguel Tamayo over eight rounds.

The bouts start at 6 p.m.

The boxing promotion, according to Shape Up owner and promoter Anson Co Tiu, will serve as a tribute to the late fighter Karlo Maquinto, and at the same time, give other local boxers the exposure they need.

“I decided to venture into boxing promotion for our local fighters to have an avenue in showcasing their skills and build their career in the sport,” said Tiu. “It is also a tribute to (Karlo) Maguinto whose untimely death exposed the sad reality of how our boxers sacrifice their life and limb inside the ring."

The 21-year-old Maquinto collapsed after his last fight against Marc Joseph Costa eight months ago in Kalookan City. He suffered from what doctors called 'subdural hematoma,’ fell into coma, and died five days later.

A native of Lambunao, Iloilo, Maquinto had a record of 8-0 with six KOs.

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