By Dennis Principe
Mexican boxer Jose Alfredo Tirado exuded confidence and boldly predicted an easy knockout win against undefeated Filipino opponent Froilan Saludar in their title fight Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, Philippines.
The weigh-in held yesterday at the same venue in some ways could justify Tirado’s claim after easily making the weight limit of 112lbs.
“This is an easy fight for me. I’m not worried because I came prepared. I’m not afraid of Saludar because I have fought boxers who are a lot better than him,” said Tirado.
The 32-year-old Tirado (27-11, 19 KOs) has fought and lost against two world-rated Filipinos in the past namely Z Gorres via decision in 2006 and Diosdado Gabi by way of 4th round technical verdict in 2005.
Tirado has been in the country the last two weeks, a situation which the Mexican said gives him enough advantage to acclimatize and be at his best come fight night.
On the other hand, Saludar was more prudent with his assessment about his battle with Tirado who will be the Filipino boxer’s second Mexican opponent of his 16-fight career.
“I know it will be tough and I expect it to last the distance. Let’s see what will happen inside the ring,’ said Saludar who also tallied a fit 112lbs yesterday.
The 23-year-old Saludar (15-0, 11 KOs), brother of amateur standouts Rey and Victorio, last fought on March 17 where he decisioned Mexican Alejandro Morales.
A WBO regional and youth world champion since 2010, Saludar has stopped four of five title opponents and hopes to continue his streak as he vies for the WBO interim Oriental belt in his 12-round encounter with Tirado.
Also seeing action in this international card is the comebacking US campaigner Mark Jason Melligen who faces Sapapetch Sorsakaorat of Thailand and Pinoy prospect Jerwin Ancajas against another Mexican Miguel Tamayo.