The time is coming for world title boxing to return to Puerto Rico. This Saturday, August 24, the Island will have such a fight when the WBO minimum weight champion, Filipino Vic Saludar, defends his belt against Puerto Rican Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez in another edition of the “Casino Metro Boxing Nights “, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan that will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.
(Photo credit: Marcos Mejias Ortiz/PRBBP)
“In PR Best Boxing we continue making history. We return with world boxing on the Island and we will present the first boxing event to be held in the Ballroom of the Puerto Rico Convention Center. We will have Bimbito Méndez looking to be crowned before his people in front of a good rival as is Saludar,” said promoter Iván Rivera, president of PRBBP. “We will have seven fights in total, in which we will present the world ranked Jean Carlos” Lobo “Torres and other Puerto Rican prospects. It will be a good boxing night in Puerto Rico.”
Bimbito Méndez (13-1, 5 kos), 22, comes from a win over his compatriot Janiel “Pototo” Rivera by unanimous decision on May 24 to defend his WBO NABO belt for the first time getting on the road to face Saludar.
“Today I got up and said: ‘Am I dreaming?’. No, this is not a dream, the successful persons don’t dream, fight for their dreams and that is what I have been doing since I started in professional boxing, working hard. I know that Saludar is a strong opponent and thanks him for coming to my house. He came here and that is to be respected. In this life, nothing is impossible. This Saturday there will be a new world champion of 105 pounds and I will end the drought of male champions in Puerto Rico. I trust my nine-week camp. I want my people come this Saturday to see the new world champion,”said Méndez, who trains at the Caimito Gym in San Juan under the orders of Freddy Trinidad and Yowi González.
For his part, Saludar (19-3, 10 kos), 28, became WBO monarch at 105 pounds on July 13, 2018, when he beat Ryuya Yamanaka in Japan and defended it for the first time on February 26, 2019, with a victory over the also Japanese Masataka Taniguchi.
“(I am) happy to be in Puerto Rico and face Bimbito. We are ready to fight. It will be a good fight this Saturday. We come to do a good job in Puerto Rico. We have been training for this fight for a long time, with good sparring and we hope take us the victory,” said Saludar.
The co-feature bout of the night will have the WBO Latino champion at 140 pounds and #6 world ranked, Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres (16-0, 12 kos), facing Mexican Miguel Zamudio (43-13-1, 27 kos) to 10 rounds.
“Miguel, thanks for accepting the fight, I hope you come well prepared. I am prepared for this fight. I want to send a message to the (fighters of the division of) 140 pounds in the world: Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres is ready to face anyone at 140 pounds and we will show it in every fight coming,” said Torres.
Zamudio, meanwhile, indicated that “(It’s) My first time in Puerto Rico. Jean Carlos is a good level fighter. I come prepared, ready. Jean Carlos, that night you can lose your undefeated record.”
While Spartan Boxing president Raúl Pastrana was excited to have his first fighter (Bimbito Méndez) fighting for a world title this Saturday.
“It’s a dream come true. My first fighter, who debuted three years ago and today is receiving his first title opportunity. We look forward to everyone’s support,” said Pastrana.
VIC SALUDAR ARRIVES IN PUERTO RICO FOR DEFENSE AGAINST WILFREDO “BIMBITO” MÉNDEZ, SATURDAY AT THE PUERTO RICO CONVENTION CENTER IN SAN JUAN
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- WBO minimumweight champion, Filipino Vic Saludar, arrived in Puerto Rico this morning to complete his training for his defense against the #1 ranked, Puerto Rican Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez, this Saturday at the Ballroom of the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions in association with Spartan Boxing that will be broadcast live on Wapa Deportes.
“We come to make a good fight. We are well prepared after a long training camp to maintain the title,” said Salute through an interpreter.
Salute (19-3, 10 kos) will defend his belt for the second time against Méndez (13-1, 5 kos), the WBO NABO monarch at 105 pounds.
The co-main event turn will have Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres (16-0, 12 kos), #6 WBO ranked at 140 pounds, facing another foe. Veteran Mexican Miguel Zamudio (43-13-1, 27 kos) will be his rival in a bout scheduled to 10 rounds.
Meanwhile, at eight rounds Néstor Bravo (16-0, 11 kos) will face Argentina’s Cristian Miño (19-3, 17 kos) at 135 pounds. In six rounds bouts Luis Midyael Sánchez (7-0, 6 kos) will fight Carlos García (15-21-1, 12 kos) at 154 pounds, and Pedro Márquez (10-1, 6 kos) will fight against Mexican Angel Monrreal (12-11-2, 4 kos) at 126 pounds, while at four rounds Angel Aponte (4-0, 1 kos) will face Luis Enrique Rivera (2-6, 2 kos) at 130 pounds, Frebyan Gonzalez will debut against Merchisede Rivera (0-3).
The undercard will present at eight rounds Néstor Bravo (16-0, 11 kos) facing the Argentine Cristian Miño (19-3, 17 kos) at 135 pounds. At six rounds Luis Midyael Sánchez (7-0, 6 kos) will fight against Carlos García (15-21-1, 12 kos) at 154 pounds and Pedro Márquez (10-1, 6 kos) will face Mexican Angel Monrreal (12-11-2, 4 kos) at 126 pounds; in four round fights Angel Aponte (4-0, 1 kos) will face Luis Enrique Rivera (2-6, 2 kos) at 130 pounds and Frebyan Gonzalez will debut against Merchisede Rivera (0-3) at 130 pounds.