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Pedro Taduran braces for Tokyo title defense

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By Nick Giongco

Newly-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight king Pedro Taduran’s heavy hands are taking a short break from inflicting damage.

Pedro Taduran celebrates after defeating Samuel Salva in the vacant IBF Minimumweight title at Juardo Hall, Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig, September 7, 2019 (Rio Deluvio / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pedro Taduran celebrates after defeating Samuel Salva in the vacant IBF Minimumweight title at Juardo Hall, Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig City. (Rio Deluvio)

But if everything fall into place, Taduran might end up making the first defense of the IBF 105-lb title in late-December in Tokyo.

Taduran’s chief handler Art Monis said on Monday that he is giving his fighter a three week vacation before reporting back to the gym.

Fresh from beating up Samuel Salva at Fort Bonifacio and sending him to nearby St. Luke’s Global City for a battery of tests, Taduran is willing to take on all comers provided that they are given ample time to prepare and assured of an attractive paycheck.

“As long as we have enough time to train and the offer is good, we’ll take it,” said Monis.

Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions, said that the IBF will likely order Taduran to make a mandatory defense but the international matchmaker believes he can arrange a voluntary defense before fulfilling the compulsory.

December works perfectly fine for the 22-year-old Taduran, according to Monis, who has ordered his prized puncher to show up for light training late this month.

Taduran’s victory over the favored Salva boosted his record to 14-2 with 11 KOs.

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