Filipino challenger Vic Saludar won the WBO minimumweight title when he defeated Japan’s Ryuya Yamanaka in a unanimous decision on Friday.
In a second title defence at Kobe’s Central Gym, Yamanaka (16-3, five knockouts) started strongly and looked stronger than Saludar (18-3, 10 KOs) early on.
#AndNew Vic Saludar 🇵🇭 is the new WBO Mini Flyweight World Champion after beating title holder Ryuya Yamanaka 🇯🇵 by Unanimous Decision in a bout held at the Central Gym in Kobe, Japan. The judges scorecards were 115-112, 116-111 and 117-110. Photo by Edito Villamor pic.twitter.com/EDnffnXczx
— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) July 13, 2018
The 23-year-old Yamanaka tagged Saludar with some good punches early on, but the 27-year-old Saludar got better and better as the fight progressed and dropped Yamanaka to the canvas in the seventh round with a straight right to the head.
In the end, the Filipino was the deserved winner having dominated the later rounds.