Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see former world title challengers clash in Paranque City, in the Philippines. The fighters in question were former 2-time Light Flyweight title challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22) and recent Minimumweight challenger Vince Paras (13-2, 11), with the two men fighting for the WBC International Light Flyweight title, that Taconing was defending.
The fight started competitively but it seemed like Taconing just had that extra little touch of class early on taking the early lead, despite some competitive back and forth from a gutsy Paras. Sadly the younger man just looked a little bit too timid at times, and took punishment from the more savage and aggressive Taconing, who looked to be the one making the fight.
The fight really exploded in round 6, a round of the year contender, as both men unloaded bombs, both were hurt and it was clear that both had let the shackles off looking to the other man out. How neither was dropped was a mystery, and a testament to their toughness, in what was clearly the round of the fight.
After having had a hectic 6th round the pace dropped dramatically in round 7, with Taconing out boxing Paras, something that we would see regular in the final rounds as Taconing just controlled the younger man by boxing and moving well. Paras had moments during these final rounds, but they were few and far between as Taconing eased over the line until the final round.
Despite the brilliant 6th round and some great back and forth Taconing had take a comfortable decision, with scores of 117-111 being turned in by all 3 judges.
It was a win that sets Taconing up for a potential showdown with the winner of the upcoming WBC world title fight between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and Milan Melindo (37-3, 13) and perhaps also serves as a reason to give Paras some softer opposition for a fighter or two, as he looks to rebuild from draining back to back defeats.
This coming Saturday Filipino fight fans will be able to see former world title challengers collide, with Jonathan Taconing (27-3-1, 22) defending his WBC International Light Flyweight title for the second time, as he takes on Vince Paras (13-1,11). This is one of the best looking all-Filipino bouts in a very long time.
Of the two men Taconing is the more prove, though is best known for losing a controversial technical decision Kompayak Porpramook in a bout for the WBC Light Flyweight title. His only other world title bout saw him being out boxed in 2016 by Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez, also in a bout for the WBC Light Flyweight title. On the other hand Paras is the younger man, and impressed last time out against Hiroto Kyoguchi, despite losing to the Japanese fight in a bout for the IBF Minimumweight title.
Interesting Polish betting website STS have got the bout priced up, and have made the experienced Taconing the clear favourite. The champion is a 1.40 favourite, which is the equivalent of 2/5 or -250 depending on your preferred format of odds. Paras on the other hand is 2.5, or 3/2 if you'rre form the UK and +150 if you're from the USA.
Taconing is a former 2-time world title challenger. In May 2012 he lost a very controversial decision to Kompayak Porpramook in a bout for the WBC Light Flyweight title, he would get another shot at the WBC title in July 2016 but was out boxed by Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez. Those defeats are Taconing's only loss since since a split decision defeat to Joe Galamition more than a decade ago, and in that time he has become a feared fighter at 108lbs, with a reputation as someone to avoid. Sadly at the age of 31 it's hard to know just what he has left, but at his best he's a thorn in the side of any Light Flyweight on the planet.
At the age of 19 Paras is a boxing baby, yet proved what he was capable of back in May when he gave Hiroto Kyoguchi a competitive contest, with Paras challenging for the IBF Minimumweight title. The bout against Kyoguchi was a huge step up for Paras but he acquitted himself excellently and will come into this bout full of confidence, knowing that a win against Taconing will help him move towards a second world title bout.
It's now starting to feel like Filipino promoters have began to listen to fans the boxing media and are now risking their hopefuls against each other. Hopefully that continues and we really hope to see more bouts like this one being made, as this is something that will help both fighters, and really adds meaning to minor title fight/
Earlier this year we saw talented Mexican Ganigan Lopez retain the WBC Light Flyweight title against Filipino puncher Jonathan Taconing (22-3-1, 18), ending a notable stoppage run of the Filipino's and giving him a second set back at world level. Now we know that the exciting Taconing won't need to wait much longer before returning to the ring with his return being scheduled for November 19th.
The hard hitting Taconing will be returning in a WBC International Light Flyweight title fight as he takes in fellow Filipino Salatiel Amit (9-1-2, 7), with Amit taking a huge step up in class.
Taconing's loss last time out to Lopez saw a 9 fight winning run come to an end, with wins coming against the likes of Vergilio Silvano, Roman Garcia Hirales and Jomar Fajardo. Despite that set back "Lightning" Taconing remains a top contender but will be avoided given his toughness, energy and power, and may end up waiting a long time for a third title fight.
The 24 year old Amit suffered his sole defeat in July 2015, when he came up against the highly regarded Jade Bornea, but has since reeled off 3 stoppage wins. Despite that winning run this is a massive step up in class for "Pakyaw" ad he goes up against a genuine world class fighter in a title bout.
At the moment few details regarding the under-card have been released but with this bout being sorted there is some real intrigue already in the show.
Later today fight fans will be able to see a WBC Light Flyweight title fight as champion Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17) defends his belt against Filipino challenger Jonathan Taconing (22-2-1, 18), in a potential FOTY contender.
Yesterday, ahead of the bout, both men took part in the weigh for the bout and both comfortably made weight.
On the scales the champion was 107.6lbs, easily under the limit. The weight was slightly higher than last time out, when he was 107lbs to face Yu Kimura in his title win, but very similar to the weight he was a year ago when he gave former champion Pedro Guevara absolute fits.
Taconing on the other hand was 107.25lbs, the lightest he's been since he was controversially beaten by Kompayak Porpramook more than 4 years ago, when Taconing weighed in at 107lbs. Interestingly the weight is the second lowest of his career.
Although both came in relatively light both looked in great condition and we're expecting a very special fight tonight.
Taconing and Lopez set for war for the WBC crown
(Image courtesy of Pepe Rodriguez)
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