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.
Back in early April the IBF ordered the teams of Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7) and Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) to begin negotiations for an IBF Minimumweight title fight. The order was for South African Kriel to make a mandatory defence against the unbeaten Filipino. It's now been reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN that negotiations haven't yielded a deal, and instead of waiting longer Salva's team have now requested the IBF organise the purse bid process.
The purse bid is now pencilled in for June 18th in New Jersey, and could see the promoters from either team, as well as any other promoter, make a bid for the fight.
Kriel won the IBF title earlier this year, when he upset Carlos Licona, with a remarkable 12th round KO win when he dropped Licona 3 times in the final round. Prior to that win there was little of note on Kriel's record, with his best win being a decision over Dexter Alimento. Notably that win over Licona was on Kriel's first bout outside of the South African province of Gauteng.
Salva on the other hand has never left the Philippines, but the 22 year old has scored very domestic wins, including 2 wins over veteran Donny Mabao, as well as wins over Marco John Rementizo and Rene Mark Cuarto. He's yet to get a win against an international opponent, but is highly ranked by the IBF.
It's going to be interesting to see how the purse bids go here, as it would seem likely both teams will do what they can to get home advantage, for what will be a huge bout for both men.
For those interested in Dan Rafael's story about the bout that can be read here.
Earlier today in the Philippines there was two world title eliminators, both of which were all Filipino fights, and both of which were IBF eliminators streamed live on the GAB facebook page.
The first of those bouts was an IBF Minimumweight title bout, which saw the unbeaten Samuel Salva (17-0, 10) put on a career best performance to out point Rene Mark Cuarto (16-2-1, 9) over 12 rounds. Salva, who hadn't really looked that rounded before today, showed good technical ability and out boxed Cuarto through much of the bout. The longer the bout the more ragged Cuarto became as exhaustion became an issue, and although he put up a good effort, he was clearly the loser.
The official cards were 116-112, twice, and 117-111, all in favour of Salva who is now inline for about with Deejay Kriel.
The second was at Bantamweight, where Michael Dasmarinas (29-2-1, 19) out pointed Kenny Demecillo (14-5-2, 8) to become the new mandatory challenger, though will be expected to wait to the end of the WBSS before getting a shot at the belt. The bout saw Damarinas starting well, and he did look quite clearly the better fighter early on, landing particularly solid body body shots. As he slowed however Demecillo came back into the bout and ran him close in the final few rounds, with a particularly exciting final round.
After 12 rounds Dasmarinas got the decision with scores of 115-1113, 116-112 and 117-111. Despite the win, he did fail to really impress, and none of the top Bantamweights will be too worried by his performance here.
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