Boxing: Pedro Taduran declared the Filipino title world champion

Pedro Taduran

After failing in his first attempt, Bicolano boxer Pedro Taduran finally claimed a world boxing crown on his second try.

Taduran, 22, survived a first-round knockdown by maintaining his aggressive attack en route to a fourth-round stoppage win over compatriot and erstwhile undefeated Samuel Salva Saturday night at Jurado Hall of the Philippine Marine Corp in Taguig City.

Set for the vacant IBF globe minimum weight title for 12 rounds, Taduran began the game by coming out of his corner determined to attack Salva.

Salva, 22, caught Taduran on his knees with a counter-right that created Libon’s indigenous city, Albay.

But the next two rounds, which helped him turn the tide in his favor, Taduran was unperturbed and retained his exercise.

The constant assault by Taduran, which looked wild and missed the first two rounds of most of his goal, lastly discovered a rhythm going into the third and fourth rounds.

During the break before the fifth round, a spent Salva appeared wobbly, forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to wave off the game.

Salva had been stretched out of the ring.

In August 2018, when he went to Thailand’s Chayaphon Moonsri in a 12-round game in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, Taduran first battled for a world title. Taduran received a large boost in preparation for this game when he was tapped as a sparmate in Japan by WBC lightflyweight champion Ken Shiro.

The victory lifted Taduran’s record to 14-2, 11 through knockout, while Salva dropped through stoppage to 17-1, 10. For the second time two Filipinos fought for a world crown on Philippine soil, the Taduran-Salva match for the vacant IBF crown.

On May 2, 1925, when Pancho Villa, considered the largest Filipino boxer in the first half of the 20th century, defended his crown against Leyte-native Clever Sencio in Manila, the country’s first all-Pinoy world title fight took place.

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