We've known for a while that Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (21-2-1, 18) is world class. He may have taken a while to prove it but there was little doubting his ability following his recent win over Ramon Garcia Hirales .That was the type of performance that puts the division on alert and showed how dangerous Taconing is to the other contenders at 108lbs.
Although Taconing is world class he has often struggled to get the opportunities to prove his ability and the one time he did get that chance, against Kompayak Porpramook, he was controversially beaten and left on the sidelines whilst watching lesser fighters getting their shot. In fact since Taconing's loss to Porpramook, almost 3 years ago, there has been a line of under-deserving challengers such as Dirceu Cabarca, Yader Cardoza, Atsushi Kakutani, Janiel Rivera, Samartlek Kokietgym and Richard Claveras.
It now seems that the Filipino will be given his opportunity "soon".
This news comes after WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the Filipino was to get a shot at current WBC Light Flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17).
Guevara, a really good fighter, recently recorded the first defense of his title as he over-came Claveras in the opening round. The WBC president has since defended the bout though we, like many others, felt it was a mismatch from when it was signed, especially given Claveras unproven ability. Prior to the bout the organsiation pushed Claveras from outside the top 20 to the top 15 in an attempt to legitimise the bout, though it left many wondering why they made the move rather than try and enforce a mandatory title fight, or force Guevara to face a top 15 ranked opponent.
Whilst we're on the subject of poor defenses it's worth noting that a WBC mandatory title defense has not been held in this division since April 2011 when Gilberto Keb Baas was forced to defend against Adrian Hernandez, with Hernandez winning the bout, and the title. Since then we've seen Hernandez hold the title, twice, whilst both Porpramook and Naoya Inoue had short reigns, before Guevara's reign began late last year.
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