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Boxing: Pedro Taduran risks IBF crown as he flies to Guadalupe, Mexico

Boxing: Pedro Taduran risks IBF crown as he flies to Guadalupe, Mexico

By Nick Giongco

It’s going to be a big gamble for Filipino world champion Pedro Taduran when he risks his International Boxing Federation (IBF) mini-flyweight title for the first time on Feb. 1 in Guadalupe, Mexico.

In this file photo dated September 7, 2019,, Pedro Taduran celebrates after defeating Samuel Salva to bag the IBF minimumweight title at Juardo Hall, Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig. (MB Photo / Rio Deluvio, File)

In this file photo dated September 7, 2019,, Pedro Taduran celebrates after defeating Samuel Salva to bag the IBF minimumweight title at Juardo Hall, Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig. (MB Photo / Rio Deluvio, File)

Taduran meets Daniel Valladares at the Gimnasio Cedereg in what is expected to be a tough battle.

One of just four reigning Filipino world champions, Taduran and chief handler Art Monis are leaving on Jan. 25 upbeat that the title will be brought back to the Philippines.

Taduran (14-2 with 11 KOs) had won the IBF 105-lb crown when he stopped compatriot Samuel Salva last September in Taguig.

Valladares (22-1 with 13 KOs) has two Filipinos—Christian Araneta and Merlito Sabillo—as victims.

The win over the unbeaten Araneta last year stands out.

Valladares engaged the heavy-handed Araneta in a shootout for four furious rounds.

But Araneta didn’t answer the fifth round, saying he had reinjured his right shoulder.

Before the bell ending the fourth, Valladares had Araneta covering up after landing head blows.

Tags: Art Monis, Daniel Valladares, IBF, IBF mini-flyweight, International Boxing Federation, Pedro Taduran