MANILA - A new Filipino boxing world champion was crowned Saturday evening, as Pedro “Heneral” Taduran needed only four rounds to dispatch Samuel Salva to become the new IBF Minimumweight World Champion.
The Taduran-Salva clash for the vacant crown served as the main event of the second installment of MP Promotions’ Manny Pacquiao Championship Boxing series which was held at the Jurado Hall inside the Marine Camp in Taguig.
The 22-year old Taduran overcame an early scare in the opening round after the #1-ranked IBF contender Salva had him rocked and led to an early count.
After and even second frame, Taduran took over in the third round, unloading relentlessly on an exhausted Salva.
More of the same from Taduran in the fourth round, but action was halted briefly after Salva was penalized for a headbutt.
Taduran continued his offensive assault on Salva, landing combination after combination in until the conclusion of the fourth frame.
A dazed Salva was unable to answer the bell for the fifth round, and referee Danrex Tapdasan waved the bout off, giving Taduran the TKO victory.
“Napaka-saya ko ngayong gabi na nag-world champion na ako, nakuha ko na yung pinangarap ko simula pa noong maliit ako,” an elated Taduran told ABS-CBN Sports.
This was Taduran’s second shot at world title gold, coming up short in his first attempt, which was for the WBC’s minimumweight strap against Thailand’s undefeated Wanheng Menayothin back in 2018.
“Yun na po talaga yung pangarap ko, maging world champion, kaya pinagpatuloy ko, kahit hindi ko nakuha nung unang lumaban ako para sa world championship,” Taduran added.
The Albay native improves to 14-2 in his professional career and joins the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Jerwin Ancajas as current reigning Pinoy world champions.