Earlier today news broke that Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 10) [田中教仁] had vacated his title, ahead of the Champion Carnival, to begin a pursuit of a world title fight.
The 34 year old veteran, who claimed the title last year when he stopped Shin Ono, is one of the very few fighters to have a world ranking with all 4 world title bodies.
At the moment the IBF champion, Pedro Taduran (14-2, 11), and WBO champion, Wilfredo Mendez (15-1, 5), have apparently got fights in the works for early in the year however Tanaka could be viewing up fights for either the WBC or WBA champions. They, of course, as the Thai pairing of Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม], who Tanaka has long been rumoured to face, and Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
Although no opponent has yet been named publicly for Tanaka it does seem likely we'll hear something soon for the man from the Misako Gym.
Interestingly this leaves the Japanese Minimumweight title vacant for the Champion Carnival, where we know Masataka Taniguchi (12-3, 7) [谷口 将隆] will fight for the belt. His opponent isn't yet confirmed, but will be a highly ranked domestic contender. That could mean a potential showdown between Taniguchi and Ryoki Hirai (13-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝] or Takumi Sakae (22-3-1, 16) [榮拓海], who are both expected to be looking for title fights in 2020.
We'll find out who is next for Taniguchi shortly, when the full line up for the Champion Carnival is announced, later this month.
(Image courtesy of Misako Gym)
Now it seems the two men are destined to meet on February 1st in Mexico, in what will almost certainly be an explosive and thrilling match up between two genuinely thrilling to watch fighters.
Originally Valladares seemed like he was going to pursue a title at 108lbs, essentially chasing Felix Alvarado, but with Alvarado now being ill it seems Valladares has changed plans, and will now be heading down to Minimumweight for the bout Taduran, in what will be the Filipino's first world title bout.
At the moment not all the details have been reported, though it appears the bout is done and dusted, and from what we understand it was first reported by WBA award winning journalist Julius Julianis, who's excellent year of hard work has been recognised and he's a very, very worthy winner of the WBA Journalist of the Year award! Well done Julius!
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.
Related - Salva and Taduran face off for IBF title
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.
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