Heavy handed Filipino southpaw Jonathan Taconing (20-2-1, 17) has long been the forgotten man in the Light Flyweight division. He was given his only shot at the big time almost 3 years ago and lost a very disputed bout to Thailand's Kompayak Porpramook by technical decision. Since then he has been the division's most avoided fighter and a man no one willingly fights due to his power and aggression.
Thankfully it seems like Taconing is now on the verge of his second opportunity with his manager, Johnny Elorde, looking set to secure a WBC world title eliminator between Taconing and Mexican fighter Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 16), with the winner to get a shot at Pedro Guevara, who won the WBC title late last year when he stopped Akira Yaegashi.
He exciting Taconing, known as "Lightning", has been told to continuing preparing for the bout though no date or or venue has been set for the bout. It seems however that Taconing's team is confident of arranging the bout for April, either in the Philippines or Mexico.
Coming into the encounter, if or when it's signed, Taconing will be rising the crest of a wave. He has won his last 7 bouts by stoppage, following the loss to Kompayak, with the most notable being an 11th round stoppage against Vergilio Silvano last March to claim the OPBF title. As for Lopez he is also in good form with 5 successive wins, including a decision last year against Mario Rodriguez. Notably however for Lopez he was beaten the last time he faced a top Filipino, with Denver Cuello stopping him in 2 rounds back in May 2012.
If this bout does take place, as we hope it does, then it will be an explosive encounter between two men with genuine power and a hunger to get their hands on a world title fight and given the styles of the two men we wouldn't be shocked to see them in a FOTY candidate, if the bout is made.
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