Tomorrow British TV viewers get the chance to see a rare Minimumweight title fight as Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) and Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10) battle for the IBF Minimumwieight title, in a super rare all-Filipino world title bout.
Today, Friday, the two men went through one of the final formalities before their bout, as both took part in their official weigh in.
On the scales both men hit the 105lbs limit to mean we have a fight tomorrow, however both fight will still need to go through the IBF's same day weigh in before the fight, where they will need to weigh in within 10lbs of today's weight.
Despite the main event fighters both making weight it wasn't an ideal weigh in from others on the card.
As previously reported the IBF Flyweight eliminator between Giemel Magramo (23-1, 19) and Komgrich Nantapech (25-5, 16), aka Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking is off, due to the Thai suffering food poisoning and Mark Anthony Florida (12-8, 9) came in 4lbs over the Light Flyweight limit for his bout with the unbeaten John Michael Zulueta (10-0-2, 3).
The Florida Vs Zulueta bout is for the Asian Boxing Federation Light Flyweight title, which is still on the line for Zulueta who made weight, hitting the scales at 107lbs.
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In the UK Boxnation have had a hard time keeping subscribers happy. It's a shame the channel has been faltering for so long, but yet this weekend they have managed to pick up a cracking card from the Philippines, really rewarding those loyal fans who have stuck with the channel through thick and thin.
The card in question will be headlined by Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) taking on fellow Filipino Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10) in a bout for the IBF Minimumweight title. The bout, the third all-Filipino world title fight in the space of 18 months, is an excellent match up and will be one of the few Minimumweight world title bouts shown on UK TV this year.
Despite the main event being good there is a feeling that the co-feature, also set to be aired on Boxnation, could outshine it.
That co-feature is an IBF Flyweight world title eliminator between Giemel Magramo (23-1, 19) and former world title challenger Komgrich Nantapech (25-5, 16), aka Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking. We wouldn't be surprised if this ended up being the bout of the weekend.
Magramo and Nantapech set for Flyweight eliminator thriller!
Salva and Taduran face off for IBF title
Back in June it was revealed that Samuel Salva's (17-0, 10) team had requested purse bids for an IBF title fight with Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7). It was then assumed the bout would be taking place in the Philippines in August.
Now it's been revealed that Kriel has vacated the title, rather than defending against Salva in a mandatory, and we're now set to see Salva battling against Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10) for the vacant title.
At the moment it's not totally clear why Kriel would vacate so soon after his incredible win over Carlos Licona, though a small purse was almost guaranteed for the mandatory title bout.
For Salva this is a big step up in class, , though sees him continue facing fellow Filipino's. To date his most notable opponents have been Rene Mark Cuarto and Marco John Rementizo, so this is a great step up for him. As for Taduran this is his second world title fight, following a 2018 clash with WBC champion Wanheng Menayothin.
Notably a poster for the bout has been revealed, and seems to not only confirm rumours of a date, September 7th, but also a venue, the Fort Bonifacion in Taguig City. The card is yet to have any rumours in regards to under-card but there is hope that it will feature at least 1 other notable bout and will be available via stream to a wider audience, such as the ESPN5 cards that have been made globally accessible.
Our good friend and regular guest contribute Rene Bonsubre Jr had the chance to speak to Salva about the change from Kriel to Taduran in a small interview that can be read here SALVA WANTED KRIEL, BUT PREPARES FOR TADURAN, and is a really interesting read for those following the news.
Later this month we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] will defend his title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22) in Osaka.
Today, ahead of that bout, we had two different stories about the contest.
Firstly it's been confirmed that the bout will be aired on ESPN+ in the US, giving American fans a chance to see one of Japan's top young fighters in action against a hard hitting Filipino.
Secondly was the fact that Kenshiro actually took part in a public work out for the Japanese press, showing the shape he was in and speaking to the press in detail about his preparation.
The fighter's father, Hisashi Teraji, stated that whilst this will be his son's 6th defense the next big goal is defense #10 and he's wanting to chace tough opponents for his son. Kenshiro agreed with the thinking, telling the press that he wanted to prove his ability and build his profile, something that having this bout shown live in both Japanese and the US will help with. He added that he had become better since winning the title but was also aware of Taconing's ability, and didn't appear to be over-looking the challenger.
Kenshiro has been preparing for this bout with a lot of sparring, and revealed that he has sparred more than 120 rounds for this bout, including rounds with former world title challenger Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10), to try and prepare for the southpaw stance of Taconing.
Notably after talking to the press Kenshiro took part in a 2 round spar with teenage prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗], who battles Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) on July 27th for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title. The first round of that spar was competitive, though in round 2 Kenshiro did turn on the jets a bit and showed why he is a world champion. The sparring did however see both men taking positives, and it's clear that Shigeoka is soaking up what he can from Kenshiro ahead of his big bout at the end of the month.
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Tomorrow we'll be able to see WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (50-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม] attempt to move his record to 51-0, and make the 10th defense of his world title, as he faces off with Filipino challenger Pedro Taduran (12-1, 9).
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for that contest, and both men managed to make weight.
On the scales Menayothin was bang on 105lbs and looked strong, and powerful, at the weight. He will know that a win over Taduran will generate a lot of publicity, and if he moves to 51-0 he will certainly get a lot of international attention for beating the 50-0 record of Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
Taduran came in under the limit, at 103.8lbs, well under the maximum allowed. Despite that he looked pretty good himself, though slightly drawn around his face. Despite being the under-dog he seemed confident and he and his team will not have taken this bout if they didn't feel like he could score one of the biggest upsets of the year. A win for Taduran would put him firmly on the boxing map and would be a massive statement.
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