Saludar upsets Cuban fighter

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Friday, July 11, 2014


REIGNING Asian Games men's flyweight champion Rey Saludar secured a semi-final seat after stunning Cuban fighter Jorge Luis Cordero Parlay in Thursday's quarter-finals of the 4th Kazakhstan President's Cup international boxing tournament at the Baluak Sholan Palace of Culture and Sports in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The 26-year-old native of Polomolok, South Cotabato became the second Filipino to reach the semis after fellow ex-Brgy. Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte boxer Charly Suarez also gained a semis berth in men's lightweight event Wednesday.

PLDT-Abap teammate Rogen Ladon bowed out of contention after bowing to Kazakhstan's Erjan in men's light flyweight, joining compatriot Dennis Galvan who succumbed to Chinzorig of Mongolia via unanimous decision the other day in men's welterweight.

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Saludar won a split decision against his taller Cuban rival, 28-27, 28-27, 27-28.

Amateur Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) executive director Ed Picson, in an e-mail furnished to Sun.Star Davao Friday, said: "The Cuban had impressed on the first day when he won over Thai star Chatchai Butdee in a unanimous decision but not before decking the Thai in the second round of the match with a cracking left-right combination."

Saludar, in a Facebook chat, said he felt the nerves as his opponent was a strong puncher. "Kulbaan pud ko pero wala jud ko nagkumpyansa na ako madaug. Naningkamot jud ko sumbag para maka score ko (I was nervous a bit but I was not complacent. I fought hard to punch so I can score)," the left fighter said.

Saludar faces Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan for the second time in their semis clash today. The latter beat Saludar in the 2011 Asian Men's Elite Boxing Championships at Dowon Sports Arena in Incheon, South Korea in the flyweight semis.

"Lihukan kaayo sya mudula (Suleimenov has a very good footwork)," Saludar added.

Suleimenov's speed was also the factor that Saludar cited in his 2011 loss.

Suarez, meanwhile, was set to play Mongolian Otdondalai as of Friday presstime.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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