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.
On October 7th we'll see a triple header in Yokohama. The headline bout of the card will see Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] begin his WBSS campaign as he takes on Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9) whilst another the WBSS bout between Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24) will increase the international profile of the card.
Arguably the best bout of the card however is a bout with no link to the WBSS. Instead it's the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and former IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-3, 13).
The bout is a fantastic match up between two top Light Flyweights and promises to deliver some brilliant action.
To prepare for the bout the reigning champion has been training in the Philippines, at the Elorde gym, sparring with the likes of Giemel Magramo (21-1, 17). That camp ended today, following 10 days at the camp.
The training saw Ken Shiro spar regularly with Magramo, admitting he had a bad day whilst there before improving and getting to control the spar more at his distance. In total the champion sparred about 60 rounds in total, with sessions as long as 8 rounds.
The fighter also attended a local show, and spoke to fans at the show, and seems to have genuinely enjoyed the hard work and conditions he's endured in the camp.
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On October 7th fight fans in Yokohama are in for a treat with 3 world title bouts, 2 of which are WBSS bouts, taking place on the same show. One of those is a WBA "regular" Bantamweight title bout, as Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] begins his WBSS campaign against Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9), another the WBSS bout between WBA Light Welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24) and the third is a WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and former IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-3, 13).
The show is one of the most anticipated shows in Japan this year and is expected to be a sure fire sell out of the Yokohama Area, which can hold up to around 17,000 people.
So far tickets have only been made available to Ohashi Gym Fan Club members. That however changes this weekend with the tickets becoming available from September 15th!
Earlier this week Mr Ohashi revealed that the tickets would go on general release at 10AM local time on the 15th of September, and would be available through Pia.
The pricing for the tickets has been known about for some time. The most expensive are ¥50,000 (about £345 or $450) whilst the cheapest will be ¥6,000 (approximately £41 or $54).
On October 7th Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] will kick off his WBSS campaign as he takes on American based Dominican fighter Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9). Inoue is the #2 ranked fighter for the tournament with the only man ranked above him being WBA "super" champion Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9).
On Friday it was confirmed that Burnett would begin his own WBSS campaign on November 3rd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
By it's self that wouldn't be something we'd cover, but Burnett's opponent for that bout will be Filipino legend Nonito Donaire (38-5, 24), a multi-weight world champion and icon of Filipino boxing.
The bout between the two men will be one of two WBSS bouts on the card, along with a Light Welterweight contest between Scottish hopeful Josh Taylor (13-0, 11) and Ryan Martin (22-0, 12).
At the moment the two WBSS bouts are the only two to have been announced for the card.
On the subject of the WBSS shows it's worth noting that the under-card for the Inoue Vs Payano bout has been revealed by Japanese sources. As previously confirmed that card will be a triple header, with the Inoue Vs Payano contest being joined by a Light Welterweight bout between WBA Light Welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24), and a Light Flyweight title bout between WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and Milan Melindo (37-3, 13)
On October 7th WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] will begin his WBSS campaign as he takes on American based Dominican fighter Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9). The bout, part of an excellent triple header, will give both men a great opportunity to impress fans, and the winner will advance to the semi-final of the WBSS Bantamweight division.
Sadly whilst it looks excellent on paper the bookies see the contest as a complete mismatch, with Inoue opening as a 1/25 betting favourite. And by 1/25 we mean that's the best odds available on the Japanese sensation, with some bookies pricing him at 1/50 or even 1/100!
Payano on the other hand has been priced at 12/1 with most British bookies, with others pricing him at 10/1. For someone who is a former world champion, having dethroned the fantastic Anselmo Moreno back in September 2014, the odds on Payano are ridiculous, but clearly shows just how highly the bookies regard Inoue.
The draw is currently available at 33/1.
Sadly the only market available at the moment is the to-win market. The same market has also been opened for the other WBSS bout on the card, between WBA Light Welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) and Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24). The odds on that bout are much more compelling, with Relikh priced as the favourite at 8/13 whilst Troyanovsky is 13/8 as the under-dog. The draw for this bout is 22/1.
Sadly there is no odds currently available for the WBC Light Flyweight title bout between Ken Shiro (13-0, 7) [拳 四朗] and former IBF champion Milan Melindo (37-3, 13), in what certainly looks like the best bout from what is a very attractive triple header!
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