When we suggested we were really excited about the OPBF Light Flyweight title fight between the world ranked Jonathan Taconing (18-2-1, 15), pictured with his trainer, and Vergilio Silvano (18-4-1, 10) we really weren't joking. It had all the ingredients of a really, really good fight.
What had the ingredients to be great turned out to be even better than we'd have imagined in our wildest dreams as the two Filipino warriors went toe-to-toe in an all out war that will go down in Filipino boxing folk lore.
The fight started well for Silvano who appeared to win the opening round with his jabs and uppercuts firing well from the off. The second round however saw the pace picking up as Taconing began to force the issue, turning the fight into a real battle. From then on it became a slug fest with both men trading bombs through the middle rounds.
Unfortunately for Silvano the war was going against him, as was the officiating which saw him being deducted two point for illegal blows. This had seen him fall well behind on the score cards and he clearly knew he was chasing the fight going into the later rounds.
Knowing he was up Taconing seemed to take round 10 off, catching his breath before going into the championship rounds. This seemed to open the door for Silvano who came on strong trying to turn the fight around in his favour. Unfortunately for Silvano he was unable to have the same success in the 11th round as as Taconing re-found his fire and forced a stoppage as he unloaded vicious combinations on is compatriot before forcing Silvano's corner to save their man.
The bout may well go down as one of the best Asian fights this year and we're really hoping to see footage of it leak around the interest sooner rather than later.
(Photo courtesy of Photo by JM Siasat/Rappler)
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