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.
Tomorrow fans in the Philippines will get the chance to see a really good looking card at the Manila hotel. Today saw the fighters involved in that show taking part in their weigh ins and thankfully all the fighters made weight, including the 8 men involved in title bouts.
The highest honour being fought for tomorrow is the OPBF Featherweight title, which will be up for grabs when the experienced Vinvin Rufino (36-16-3, 16) battles the promising Mark Gil Melligen (21-4-1, 12). On the scales Rufino was the bigger man, coming in on the limit at 126lbs, whilst Melligen was a full 1lb lighter than his foe.
Although the OPBF belt is the highest honour being fought for there are two other regional titles on the line, both in the form of the WBO Asia Pacific titles.
One of the WBO Asia Pacific title bouts will see Juan Martin Elorde (16-1-1, 7) defending his belt at Super Featherweight against Japanese challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-10-2, 2). On the scales Elorde was bang on the limit at 130lbs whilst Yamamoto was well inside the limit at just 127lbs, closer to the limit for Featherweight than Super Featherweight.
The other WBO Asia Pacific title bout takes places at Super Bantamweight and will see Juan Miguel Elorde (17-1, 9) fight Thai visitor Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-2, 12). For this bout it was the Filipino who was well inside the limit with Elorde weighing 120lbs for a bout made at 122lbs. On the other Tabthong was himself wlel inside the limit at 121lbs.
The remaining title bout is a Filipino Bantamweight title bout which will see defending champion Monico Laurente (25-12, 6) defending his title against the very capable Marco Demecillo (20-2-1, 15). For this bout both men came in at 118lbs, bang on the Bantamweight limit.
(Image of Melligen and Rugino courtesy of boxmob.jp)
Earlier today we were informed that WBO #6 ranked Super Featherweight Juan Martin Elorde (16-1-1, 7) will return to the ring on March 25th to defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title for the second time. Elorde, the grandson of the legendary "Flash" Elorde, will be risking his title and world ranking at the upcoming Elorde Boxing Awards.
In the opposite corner to Elorde will be Japanese challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-10-2, 2).
On paper this is a mismatch and in the ring we suspect Elorde will score a relatively easy win against a challenger who has lost 4 of his last 5 bouts and been stopped 6 times in his career, including his most recent bout, last March, against Tsukasa Saito.
The bout is unlikely to tell much more about the talented "Bai" Elorde though a win will allow him to continue his pursuit for a world title and keep him on the road to becoming a world champion, just like his legendary grand father.
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