Back in May 2012 we saw Filipino slugger Jonathan Taconing (21-2-1, 18) lose a highly controversial WBC Light Flyweight title bout with Kompayak Porpramook. That was Taconing's first fight outside of the Philippines and it seemed clear that it was a huge learning experience for the Filipino who then returned to the Philippines and ran up 7 straight wins in Metro Manila. Those wins had come against abject opponents, barring former world title challenger Vergilio Silvano, but it appeared that Taconing had learned a lesson. If he knocks his opponents out they were going to struggle to rob him.
On Saturday night we saw the Filipino fighting outside of his homeland once again as he faced former WBO Light Flyweight champion Ramon Garcia Hirales (20-6-1, 12) in México, Mexico. The bout saw Taconing risking a possible world title eliminator later in the year and saw him fighting a man who outweighed him by 2lbs on the scales and had only been stopped once, by the sensational Roman Gonzalez.
On paper the bout was a risky one for the Filipino, known as "Lightning" but the risk was a calculated one from him and his team who managed to turn the bout into a small coming out party.
From the first round it seemed like Taconing was the hungrier fighter and although he was smaller than Garcia he seemed to be the one who was there to win and look good. Garcia had his moments but they were fleeting and he never seemed able to prevent the Filipino from coming forward with his offensive work, despite the fact Taconing was forced to take the occasional heavy shot.
By round 9 it seemed like the pace was really starting to get to Garcia who's output had all but dropped whilst he was moving backwards. It was the start of the end for the Mexican who continued to take shorts in round 10 whilst looking exhausted. At the 2:53 mark of the round the referee had seen enough and waved the bout off, giving Taconing his 8th straight stoppage win and his biggest win to date.
It now seems likely that Taconing will get his WBC Light Flyweight world title eliminator later in the year and on this performance it's hard to bet against the talented and criminally over-looked Filipino who has finally scored a break out win.
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