UNBEATEN Filipino boxer Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar will get his mandatory shot at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title next month after the IBF ordered the division’s reigning champion Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane of South Africa to defend his crown.
Saludar being ranked No.3 by the IBF and No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization emerged as the leading available contender.
“So far, that bout is officially okay but there is no venue yet,” said Saludar’s promoter Sammy Gello-ani in a telephone interview. “We are still discussing the possible venues here in the Philippines or abroad.”
Gello-ani said that Saludar is in great shape and is ready to become world champion, “Yes, he is getting better everyday. He is becoming faster and stronger.”
Gello-ani added that the South African champion is willing to defend his title in the Philippines provided the offer is lucrative. Mthalane, 30, holds a 29-2 win-loss record with 20 knockouts.
The 24-year old Saludar (16-0-1 win-loss-draw card with 11 knockouts) won the WBO Oriental flyweight interim title in February 10, 2012 via 10th round technical knockout of Jose Alfredo Tirado in Pasay City.
Saludar, brother of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar, is known for his killer 1-2 combination punches.