Jonathan Taconing retains OPBF Light Flyweight title with 10th round technical decision victory over Jomar Fajardo
One of the things we hate about boxing is seeing fighters battle to a high ranking and then sit there, waiting for a shot whilst facing horribly inferior opposition in what amounts to stay busy fight, after stay busy fight whilst they tick over and wait and wait and wait. The safety first match making has made the sport frustratingly clinical and sterile and once a fighter approaches a world title fight their competition seemingly becomes worse than it was.
With that said we would like to applaud Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (22-2-1, 18) for facing compatriot Jomar Fajardo (14-9-2, 7) earlier today in an OPBF title fight that could very easily have been a banana skin.
Fajardo was a relative unknown last year but back-to-back bouts with former unified Minimumweight world champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr, including a draw, saw him prove his ability to be a a test, at least around Light Flyweight. It is fair to say that he had lost 4 of his last 5 but they had all come outside of his natural weight, and in fact he had fought as high as Bantamweight during that run and had rarely been given full preparation time.
Today Fajarado came to the ring with full preparation, real desire a genuine hunger. He know that a win would net him an OPBF title and at least one world ranking. It was a great opportunity and he knew he had to go for it.
Taconing, who won the title last year winning a war with Vergilio Silvano, had been the champion for 18 months and although he had fought a couple of stay busy fights he had also gone to Mexico and stopped the world class Ramon Garcia Hirales. That win over Hirales had strengthened Taconing's position in the world rankings and he could well have waited until the WBC ordered him to fight in an eliminator, something he is due given his #1 world ranking. Instead though he took on a well prepared Fajarado in a bout that Filipino fans should have known was going to be a war.
The fight lived up to the expectation as both men traded blows in a genuinely enthralling contest. Although both traded there always seemed to be a bit more class and power in the blows of Taconing who was showing his world class ability in an attempt to break down Fajarado. The challenger, to his credit, refused to fold and fought back, albeit with mixed success.
Despite the brave effort from Fajarado he was well down on the cards when a headclash forced the men to the scorecards at the 10th round. The cards all favoured Taconing, with scores of 98-91, 97-91 and 97-91 though those scores don't give credit to Fajardo's effort which was excellent despite the fact he was, clearly, beaten.
Now we're hoping that Taconing will get his long awaited world title eliminator. If not it's fair to say that he will continue to put in exciting performance as he did here. For Fajardo this result is one that he will take a lot of credit for and he became the first man since Kompayak Porpramook, more than 3 years ago, to avoid being stopped by Taconing, and it needs to be noted that it looked like Porpramook was bailed out by a very kind ringside doctor who got the Thai a technical decision win in a bout that really was very controversial.
Tomorrow is a huge day for fight fans around the world with numerous bouts taking place in the UK and the US. In total there will be 4 world titles and almost a dozen bouts of note.
For us one of those bouts is an exciting looking OPBF Light Flyweight title bout between heavy handed champion Jonathan Taconing (21-2-1, 18) and exciting challenger Jomar Fajardo (14-8-2, 7). Today both fighters took part in their weigh in and both looked in incredible shape for what promises to be an all out war.
Sadly at the time of writing the weights of the two men haven't been made public though looking at the condition of both fighters they are both rearing to go and and both look like they are going to put up a real fight in what could be the fight of the weekend.
Taconing looks to continue hunt for world honours by facing Jomar Fajardo in OPBF title bout
Earlier today it was revealed that world ranked Filipino puncher Jonathan "lightning" Taconing (21-2-1, 18) would be returning to the ring on September 12th. Sadly however for fans hoping to see him in a world title fight, the news is going to be disappointing.
Instead of getting a long awaited second shot at a world title Taconing will instead be returning to the ring to defend his OPBF Light Flyweight title against fellow Filipino slugger Jomar "Wallopman" Fajardo ( 14-8-2,7), in a bout set to take place in Paranaque City.
Earlier this year Taconing crashed on to the consciousness of the hard core fans as he stopped former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales, in Mexico. It was hoped that that win would push Taconing into a world title fight but instead it's made him more avoided than ever.
As for Fajardo he is best known for his two fights with former Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr, including holding Rodriguez to a draw. Sadly since those bouts he has fought twice, dropping a decision to Hayato Kimura and suffering a stoppage to Suriyan Sor Rungvisai., however both of those bouts were fought well above his natural weight.
As well as the exciting main event this card will feature a trio of other notable Filipino fighters, Juan Martin Elorde (17-1-1, 7), Juan Miguel Elorde (18-1, 9) and Giemel Magramo (13-0, 10), non of whom have had their opponents announce for this show.
Last year Filipino fighter Jomar Fajardo (14-7-2, 7) shocked us all when he took on unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr and fought to a draw with the talented Mexican. At the time it seemed that Fajardo was one of the many Filipino fighters with a misleading record who could hold their own at a higher level. S
Today Fajardo was in action in Japan where he fought Japan's very own Hayato Kimura (23-7, 15) in a bout at Super Flyweight. Fajardo had taken the bout on late notice, after Kimura's original opponent Takuya Kogawa was offered a Japanese title fight, though he had done the same when he fought Rodriguez Jr in his career defining bout. Sadly however he was unable to muster the same effort he here as he had last November in a late contender for FOTY.
From the off Kimura seemed too big and too strong. It was to be expected however with Kimura being a big Super Flyweight-come-Bantamweight whilst Fajardo was a Light Flyweight-come-Flyweight. This size advantage had helped Kimura to a clear lead early in the bout with Fajardo trying his hardest but generally coming up short against the bigger man.
Sadly being the shorter man did Kimura little favours when the two men clashed heads in round 4 leaving the Filipino visitor with a cut over his left eye. Kimura seemed to be spurred on by the sight of his foes blood and stepped up assault before the bout was terminated in the 6th round due to the cut.
Unfortunately for the visitor he never looked like getting the decision on the cards and it showed when all 3 cards came back in favour of Kimura with scores of 59-56,60-55,60-56.
A few days ago we were informed that the exciting Takuya Kogawa (23-4, 13) would not be fighting Hayato Kimura (22-7, 15) at Dangan 127 on May 2nd as previously reported. Instead Kimura will be facing OPBF ranked Filipino slugger Jomar Fajardo (14-6-2, 7), who came to everyone's attention last year when he fought to a draw with unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
For Kimura, who has lost 2 of his last 3, including his last 2 bouts with Filipinos, this is a step down however it is now a much more winnable bout than a contest with the fringe world class Kogawa. For Fajardo however this is a great chance to make an impact in Japan and could well see him becoming a regular visitor to the country which has shown a willingness to associate it's self with visitors who try to win, such as Mark John Yap. Although Fajardo is 0-2-1 in his last 3 he is under-rated and, when prepared, appears to be a real nightmare to fight, as we suspect we'll see here.
This bout is remains the co-feature on the show with the headline bout being a potentially explosive encounter between Shinya Iwabuchi (24-5, 20) and Ryusei Yoshida (26-6, 13). Although neither bout is a major bout both are solid looking 8 rounders and both should deliver real excitement for fans who attend the show
We have been told that there is a promising story developing as to why Kogawa has been removed from the bout though that's a story for another time.
Takuya Kogawa to feature on Dangan 127 on May 2nd
Iwabuchi to fight Yoshida at Dangan 127 in ranked fighter showdown
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