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 Kenshiro (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/
This past Sunday fight fans at the Ota City General Gymnasiun had the chance to see IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] record his second defense as he defeated heavy handed Filipino challenger Vince Paras (13-1 11).
Today Kyoguchi took part in a press conference, talking about the bout as well as his future plans.
The fighter, who appeared to have suffered a bad injury to his right hand, is planning to return to the ring in September to make a mandatory defense of his title against highly skilled Filipino Mark Anthony Barriga. He then hopes to unify Minimumweight titles in December, in what will be scheduled as Watanabe's year ending card. Of course getting past Barriga will be much easier said than done.
Longer term the plan is to move up in weight and chase the opportunity to become a 2-weight world champion. There was questions about potentially facing Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10), who dethroned Kyoguchi's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一] on Sunday, but there seems to be no immediate plans, and it sounded more like Kyoguchi and the Watanabe team would prefer Taguchi to have a rematch with the South African instead.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0, 7) [京口 紘人] defending his title for the second time, as he takes on hard hitting Filipino challenger Vince Paras (13-0, 11).
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their signing ceremony and weigh in.
On the scales both men were bang on the divisional limit of 105lbs.
Paras seemed to look more at ease on the scales and looked ripped and in fantastic condition. It's clear that he is the naturally smaller man, despite both fighters being minimumweights, and he looks like a natural fighter at 105lbs. As for Kyoguchi he revealed he was quite a bit over the limit yesterday, and had to drop a bit to make 105lbs. That however doesn't appear to have been much of an issue, though does suggest he's going to out grow Minimumweight in the near future.
Both men seemed really relaxed through the day and it seems like both are expecting an exciting contest, with both being known for their powerful body shots. Sadly fans may need to wait a while to watch this, as it's not being shown live in Japan, and is pencilled in to be shown on delay in the coming days.
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