Vic Saludar snared the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) minimum weight title, beating Robert Paradero via split decision on Saturday at the Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna.
Two judges scored 115-113 and 116-112 for Saludar, while one judge gave a 118-110 scorecard for Paradero in the all-Filipino clash.
While the up-and-coming Paradero was more aggressive, the veteran Saludar proved to be unfazed and efficient with his attack.
Paradero’s punches landed mostly on Saludar’s defense, but the veteran connected more efficiently, skillfully countering the younger boxer’s attacks.
With the victory, the 30-year-old Saludar regained his world champion status, improving to a 21-4 record with 11 knockouts.
He previously lost the WBO belt to Wilfredo Mendez in Puerto Rico in 2019.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Paradero suffered his first career defeat, sliding to an 18-1 slate with 12 knockouts in his first title bout in the Philippines since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.