SAMUEL Salva and Pedro Taduran clash for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight crown at the Jurado Hall inside the Philippine Marine Corps Base in Taguig City on Saturday.
Salva and Taduran slug it out in the first all-Filipino world title bout on Philippine soil in almost a century, since Pancho Villa retained his world flyweight crown against Clever Sencio in 1925 at the Wallace Field (now Rizal Park).
Both fighters expressed confidence of winning the championship and join boxing great Manny Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas, and Nonito Donaire Jr. among the current Filipino world title holders.
Salva and Taduran came identically at 105-lbs during the official weigh-in on Friday.
Pacquiao, whose MP Promotions putt up the fight card, will be on ringside and joins special guests IBF President Daryl Peoples and Rating Committee chief Anibal Miramontes in witnessing the historic fight.
Ancajas, whose IBF super-flyweight title match against Jonas Sultan last year in California was the first all-Filipino world championship encounter since the Villa-Sencio showdown, is also expected to be at ringside.
Third man in the ring will Danrex Tapdasan while the three judges scoring the fight are Silvestre Abainza, Gil Co, and Cebu-based Panamanian Carlos Costa.
“You guys are all in for a treat,” said Sean Gibbons, Pacquiao’s right-hand man and head of MP Promotions. “While the two fighters were friendly and respectful towards each other, I know that their fists will be making noise come fight night.
In the main supporting match, IBF ranked No. 4 Giemel Magramo goes up against No. 3 Komgrich Nantapech in a title world flyweight eliminator bout.