September 22nd 2018-The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Jonathan Taconing (27-3-1, 22) vs Vince Paras (13-1, 11)
This past weekend Powcast live streamed the brilliant match up between former world title challengers Jonathan Taconing and Vince Paras. The bout, for the WBC International Light Flyweight title, promised a lot and delivered, especially in round 6!
October 15th 2017-The Flash Grand Ballroom of the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Jonathan Taconing (25-3-1, 21) vs Arnold Garde (9-4-3, 4)
In 2017 Light Flyweight contender Jonathan Taconing battled against fellow Filipino Arnold Garde.
July 2nd 2016-Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Jonathan Taconing (22-2-1, 18) Vs Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17)
This past weekend we saw Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing travel to Mexico to challenge WBC Light Flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez in a highly anticipated match up.
April 4th 2015- Unidad Deportiva Martín Alarcón, Metepec, México, Mexico
Jonathan Taconing (20-2-1, 17) Vs Ramon Garcia Hirales (20-5-1, 12)
For years Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing was over-looked by fans and fellow fighters alike. Ever since he was controversially beaten by Kompayak Porpramook he's struggled to get a notable foe in the ring with him. That thankfully changed this past weekend when he took on former WBO Minimumweight champion Raul Garcia in a really big opportunity to make a name for himself. Taconing was risking a world title eliminator for this bout but had the belief in himself to take the bout, get a win and make the most of his opportunity.
February 3rd 2007 was a pretty solid day for the boxing world in the US with fight fans getting the chance to see Tomasz Adamek losing his WBC Light Heavyweight title to the then very promising Chad Dawson.
It wasn't just in the US however that fans got to see some notable action because on the very same day in the Philippines fight fans got to see the debut of the hard hitting and amazingly fun to watch Jonathan Taconing who, as a 19 year old, took on fellow debutant Tinglo Perez. Few watching this fight at the time would have expected Taconing to go on to fight for a world title, which he did when he lost controversially to Kompayak Porpramook, now would they have expected to see him winning an OPBF title.
The fight wasn't one of the best fights, despite being very much an action fight. What it was however was the first showing of Taconing who, whilst still crude and limited, looked exciting with his all aggression mentality. Sadly he failed to score an eye catching and clean KO, due to the referee stepping in a bit too early, but it was still an exciting debut for a man who has gone on to have a very solid over-looked career.
(This video is courtesy of Jerome Naldoza, the excellent Filipino fight film collector who we admire greatly for his wonderful collection of rare fights.
Controversies in boxing are nothing new, especially where they favour the home fighter or the bigger name man. For many that is exactly what happened when controversy allowed Kompayak Porpramook, the then WBC Light Flyweight champion, to retain his title in his fight with Filipino challenger Jonathan Taconing.
This fight, which took place back on May 3rd 2012 could easily have changed the face of boxing had it gone the other way. Had the bout been scored fairly or the fight ending cut judged to have come from a punch and not an accidental foul we may not have seen Naoya Inoue claiming a world title in his 6th fight or instead we might have seen Inoue fight against Taconing in what would have been a special contest.
Taconing, a rough, hard hitting slugger and Kompayak, a Thai war horse, both traded bombs through out but the controversy over the ending and the judging will always leave fans split over who should have won the bout. Unfortunately though no rematch was ever fought and instead the Thai would lose his title to Adrian Hernandez in his next fight and the rest, as they say, is history.
Interestingly that history has seen both men involved in some thrillers. Notably Kompayak's fight with Koki Eto, which can be watched here whilst Taconing has recently won the OPBF Light Flyweight title, which we are hoping to get a video for one day.
(Video courtesy of ไทยเรค ชุมชนคนมวยโลก)
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