Filipino world minimumweight champion Pedro Taduran on Saturday flew to Mexico one week before his first title defense on February 1.
Taduran, who won the IBF minimumweight crown by stopping countryman Samuel Salva, will defend his belt against Mexico’s Daniel Valladares at Gimnasio Cedereg in Guadalupe, Nueva Leon, according to a report posted on PhilBoxing.com.
MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons is confident Taduran will take home his crown despite fighting on Valladares’ turf.
“Pedro’s a tough kid,” said Gibbons. “He went 12 rounds against undefeated Wanheng Menayothin in Thailand. If Pedro survived Thailand, he’ll survive Mexico.”
Gibbons said there are similarities between Taduran and a well known Filipino boxer.
“He reminds me of Sen. Manny (Pacquiao). Pedro’s a non-stop punching machine. I’m confident he’ll win by a late stoppage or decision,” Gibbons said.
But Valladares is one tough fighter. He holds a record of 22-1 and has not been beaten in his past 11 fights. Among his victims are Filipinos Christian Araneta and Merlito Sabillo.
Taduran, meanwhile, has a record of 14-2.
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