THERE’S no double celebration for the Saludar family this month.
Froilan Saludar failed to follow in the footsteps of brother Vic after losing his bid for a world championship over the weekend with a sixth round stoppage at the hands of reigning champion Sho Kimura in Qingdao, China.
The 29-year-old Saludar went down in the fifth round and then again in the sixth – both from body shots - at which time he was unable to beat the count to hand out Kimura the impressive victory and retain his World Boxing Organization flyweight crown.
Time of stoppage came with 54 seconds left in round no. 6.
Froilan was looking to dethrone the 29-year-old Japanese in the hopes of becoming the second world champion in the Saludar clan in a span of two weeks after young brother Vic wrested the WBO minimumweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka in Kobe last July 13.
After a good start, the elder Saludar began to fade away in the third round when Kimura concentrated his attack to the body.
Eventually, the pounding took its toll on the Filipino, who was decked by the Japanese champion in the fifth round with a left to the belly as he barely survived the round on his feet.
There was no way though, he’ll get up the moment he was floored again in the sixth following a devastating liver punch that left the challenger grimacing in pain.
“My body shots deprived him of his speed and stamina,” said Kimura (17-1, 10 KOs), whose popularity in China has risen since scoring a knockout win over two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming last year to claim the WBO title.
“Our fight plan worked well.”
Saludar, rated no. 3 by the WBO, fell to a 28-3-1, record with 19 KOs.
A victory would have made Froilan the fifth Filipino to currently hold a world crown after his brother Vic, Jerwin Ancajas, Jhack, Tepora, and the legendary Manny Pacquiao.