Tomorrow in General Santos City we'll get the chance to see IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11) defending his title against fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11), in a rare all-Filipino world title bout.
Today the two men took part in their weight in for the contest, and neither man had any issues with the 105lb Minimumweight limit.
The champion was the lighter man on the scales, hitting them at 104lbs exactly, a full 1lb under the maximum allowed. He was out-weighed by the challenger, who hit the limit at 105lbs exactly.
For Taduran this bout will be his second defense, and he will be looking to build on his 2019 title win, against Samuel Salva, and his disappointing 2020 defense against Daniel Valladares, which ended in a technical draw after a headclash forced an early conclusion to a contest that was just starting to warm up. It was an unfortunate ending to the bout, and hopefully we will get to see the two men fight again one day.
As for Cuarto this is his first world title bout, and is, on paper, his toughest bout to date. Despite that he will feel he's as ready as he can be for a bout like this and it'll be great to see if he can raise his game to match the high profile of this bout. He should be regarded as the under-dog but will certainly be a live under-dog and the man looking to step out from the shadows of other Filipino fighters at 105lbs.
Interestingly this is the second "all Filipino world title bout" of the month, following the "we don't know which version" of the WBA Minimimweight title bout, between Vic Saludar and Robert Paradero. On paper this one seems to have the ingredients to be a very, very explosive encounter, and is set to be streamed online via the Powcast YouTube channel.
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By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
IBF minimumweight world champion Pedro Taduran will defend his belt against fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto in General Santos City on February 27. Team Taduran travelled from the island of Luzon to Mindanao and will undergo routine quarantine and covid-19 procedures. They were however in high spirits and manager Art Monis told this writer in a short chat that their training camp went extremely well.
This will be the second defense for Taduran (14-2-1,11KO's). In February of last year, he had a four round technical draw against Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares in Guadalupe,Mexico.
But the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic gave Philippine boxing a big blow and the majority of fighters had to endure months of inactivity. The challenger, IBF number 8 ranked Cuarto (18-2-2,11KO's) has not fought for 14 months. With the champion idle for a year, it will be interesting to see who is in better condition on fight night.
Taduran won the vacant IBF title in 2019 against countryman Samuel Salva in Taguig City. Salva knocked down Taduran in the first but a heated offense from Taduran wilted Salva who capitulated before the bell for the fifth round. This was the first all-Filipino world title fight held in local shores since 1925, when Pancho Villa beat Clever Sencio by 15 round unanimous decision to retain the world flyweight crown in Wallace Field in Manila.
Cuarto actually lost to Salva in an IBF ranking eliminator last March 23,2019. This will be his first world title shot. In his last fight, he beat Jayson Francisco by fifth round TKO.
This title fight is set at the Bula Gym in Gen.Santos City.
Photos- Fight poster and Pedro Taduran (left) and manager Art Monis on the plane to Gen. Santos City
Earlier today RealFight PH broke the news that WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion Vincent Astrolabio (15-3, 11) would be defending his title against world ranked Flyweight contender Genisis Libranza (19-1, 11) on February 27th.
For Astrolabia this will be his third defense since winning the title in April 2019, when he stopped previously unbeaten Indonesian Patrick Liukhoto in 9 rounds in Jakarta. Since then he notched defenses against Kevin Aseniero and Wilbert Berondo, stopping both men.
The 23 year old champion has turned his career around well after suffering 3 defeats in 5 fights, including a decision loss to John Mark Apolinario, a TKO loss to Yuki Strong Kobayashi and a narrow decision loss to ZongLi He in China and will be coming into this bout with some genuine momentum.
Libranza on the other hand is a 27 year old challenger who turned professional in 2014 and was unbeaten until he challenged the then IBO Flyweight champion Mortui Mthalane in 2017., with Mthalane stopping him in 4 rounds. Since that loss he has has reeled off 8 straight wins, including victories over Michael Enriquez, Ryan Rey Ponteras and Renz Rosia. Those wins have seen him climb into the
The current winning run of Libranza has seen him break into the WBO, WBC and IBF world rankings, and he currently has a very high IBF ranking. Despite that he will be moving up in weight for this bout, and we do wonder if he can really compete up at Bantamweight.
This bout has been added to the February 27th card headlined by IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11), who will be defending his title against fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11) in General Santos City.
A huge thanks, as always, to Ian Melodillar for bringing this story to our attention.
Back in November news broke that IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11) was lining up a fight with fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11), with talk being that the contest could take place as early as December.
As it turned out the bout wasn't on for December, but it now appears there is date and location set for the bout, as reported by the brilliant Ian Melodillar earlier today.
For Taduran the bout will, as Ian say's, be his second defense of the IBF title which he won last year when he stopped Samuel Salva in an absolute thriller. His first defense was a headclash marred technical draw against Daniel Valladares back in February this year and it will actually be more than a year between his first and second defense, though we all understand why.
As for Cuarto this will be his first world title fight, though interestingly he did lose to Samuel Salva in 2019, and hasn't scored a win of note since then. Despite that he shouldn't be over-looked and does have solid domestic wins over the likes of Clyde Azarcon, Ian Ligutan and Jerome Clavite. Admittedly all fighters a long way removed from Taduran.
Whilst maybe not the best match up the division could give us, this is certainly a very interesting looking all Filipino world title bout and something to b excited about for the new year.
Earlier today news broke regarding the future of IBF Minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran (14-2-1, 11) and his next defense, with @PeledoresSN and Asian Fight Scene both reporting that Taduran was lining up a fight with fellow Filipino Rene Mark Cuarto (18-2-2, 11), who is ranked #3 by the IBF, for December.
For Taduran, who won the title in September 2019, this will be his second defense and he will be looking to bounce back from an ugly technical draw with Daniel Valladares, which occurred this past February. The aggressive and exciting 24 year old has sadly been out of the ring since that draw with Valladares, though given what's been going on in the world in 2020 that'll not be a surprise,
As for Cuarto this will, if the bout is sorted, be his first world title bout and will see him looking to extend a 3 fight unbeaten run. It will also be his first bout since December 2019, when he stopped Jayson Francisco. Interest his last loss was a 12 round decision to Samuel Salva, the man Taduran beat for the title last year.
At the moment it's unclear what date the bout will be taking place, but it will be one of the first world title bouts in the Philippines since the sport began it's slow restart in the country. It will also be a potentially huge moment for the Philippines as it will be a super rare all-Filipino world title bout, and will, seemingly, be on Filipino soil.
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