By NICK GIONGCO
In an all-Filipino slugfest, Pedro Taduran battered Samuel Salva into submission in four rounds Saturday to claim the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight crown at the Philippine Marine Corps headquarters at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Taduran bucked a trip to the floor in the first round, shook off some cobwebs in the second and imposed his will in the third and fourth rounds before referee Danrex Tapdasan called a halt to the fight just before the bell for the fifth frame.
Salva was not responding to a question from ringside physician Rolando Rivera, who advised Tapdasan to put a halt to the fight that was being dominated by Taduran.
Salva even spat out his mouthpiece as his cornermen and Tapdasan and Rivera milled around him.
An oxygen was quickly given to Salva and he had to be brought out of the ring en route to a nearby hospital on a stretcher as Taduran whooped it up on the opposite corner.
“Pinasok ko na sya nung maramdaman ko na nanghihina sya sa third round (I attacked him when I felt that he was getting weak in the third round),” said Taduran, who became the country’s fourth world champion after Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire and Jerwin Ancajas.
Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions said Taduran can make a voluntary defense before the year ends.
The win boosted Taduran’s record to 14-2 with 11 KOs while the defeat was the first for Salva, who dropped to 17-1 with ten KOs.
In a toe-to-toe affair, one-time world title challenger Toto Landero of the Dante Almario Stable-Muntinlupa carved out an eight-round unanimous decision over Joel Lino of MP Promotions-Davao.
While Lino seem to have landed the heavier blows, it was Landero’s overall mastery of his opponent that earned him the judges’ nod.
Lino leaned heavily on his left hook that shook Landero but the latter made up for those by answering with combinations that found their target.