One of the greatest things about the OPBF title is the fact that some of the matches ups are really world class and could effectively be world title eliminators. It may sound over-the top but we really do see some absolute belters made.
The next "world class" OPBF title bout takes place on March 25th and not only pits two world level fighters but also two Filipino's against each other in a battle that has real significance on both men, the world rankings and the OPBF scene.
This bout in question, for the OPBF Light Flyweight title recently given up by Naoya Inoue, will feature former WBC Light Flyweight title challenger Jonathan Taconing (17-2-1, 14), pictured, against recent IBF Minimumweight title challenger Vergilio Silvano (18-3-1, 10).
Of the two men it's Silvano who is probably fresher in the mind. His title challenger, late last year, saw him being widely outpointed by Japan's excellent Katsunari Takayama who literally boxed circles around the Filipino fighter. Whilst Silvano was made to look less than world class that had a lot more to do with Takayama who was genuinely sensation in the fight.
Prior to his failed world title challenger Silvano had been on an impressive 15 winning streak which had seen him winning the Filipino title and the WBO Oriental title, bot at Light Flyweight. Although his competition was no better than domestic level the 24 year old Southpaw had looked like a man likely to be a fixture on the world stage at some point and the loss to Takayama, whilst a set back, is unlikely to be his only world title fight.
Whilst Silvano was made to look second rate in his world title fight Taconing was made to look like the victim of genuine "BS" when he was controversially beaten by Kompayak Porpramook back in 2011. In that fight Taconing appeared to boss his experienced foe and cut him. Some how the doctor ruled a small cut, and we mean small, was enough to take the bout to the score cards which saved Porpramook with scores that failed to reflect the nature of the bout.
As with Silvano the loss in the world title bout snapped Taconing's unbeaten run of 10 fights. The loss, a hugely controversial one, was quickly forgotten and Porpramook would lose his title to Adrian Hernandez soon afterwards denying Taconing a chance for revenge.
Not only have both men lost in world title fights but both are, as mentioned, world ranked. Taconing is currently the WBC #3, WBO #10, WBA #15 at Light Flyweight whilst Silvano is the WBO #4 and IBF #8 at Minimumweight, in effect this is a major fight ignoring the regional title.
With what we've seen of the two men it's Taconing that has impressed us more. His fight with Porpramook was supposed to be a mismatch but the Filipino proved that he was world class and has speed, talent, bravery as well as genuine power. He may not by dynamite fisted but his shots aren't the type a fighter wants to take on a repeated basis and he has stopped his last 4 opponents, all Thai's in a combined 12 rounds.
It's unfortunate that Silvano was so clearly beaten by Takayama as it actually made Silvano look a lot worse than he is. In that bout he looked unable to deal with the movement or speed of the "Lightning Kid". Silvano is a better fighter than that though we do think that Taconing will grind him down in a genuinely exciting "must watch" OPBF fight.
For fans capable of getting to the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City we'd really advise you to go to this it could well be one for the ages and pure war between two men looking to get their second world title fight.
(Photo courtesy of boxrec.com)
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