We have been informed that exciting Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (20-2-1, 17) has signed signed to fight former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales (20-5-1, 12) on April 4th in Mexico.
The bout is a really risky one for Taconing, who is said to be on the verge of a WBC world title eliminator, though it could potentially has it's uses. Notable it's thought that his eliminator will be fought in Mexican so he may be using this bout as a "dry run" to get used to Mexican conditions before his eliminator. We've seen some fighters do this sort of thing in the past with Mexican fighter Francisco Rodriguez Jr notably traveling to the Philippines last year to fight a warm up bout for a contest with Donnie Nietes, a bout that was later pushed back due to Rodriguez failing to shine.
Taconing is best known for his 2012 WBC Light Flyweight title against Kompayak Porpramook with the official decision being a controversial technical decision win for Porpramook. The Filipino is now looking to get his second world title shot. As for Garcia Hirales he is a former IBF and WBO Minimumweight champion who boasts wins over Taconing's compatriots Florante Condes and Rommel Asenjo, among other notable fighters. Of the two it's certainly the Mexican with edge in top tier experience whilst Taconing should have a size and power advantage coming into this bout.
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