In a hard fought bout the top rated Jonathan Taconing fell shot in his second attempt towards World Title lost by unanimous decision against Ganigan Lopez defending WBC world light flyweight champion on July 2nd Sunday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, Mexico.
After four years Taconing had a chance to grab the World Title shot but will now have to push his wait longer. Lopez outsmarted Taconing in a tough 12 round point and the scores ended like this – 115-112, 118-109 and 119-108. Both fighters had their moments, but Taconing deducted a point in the eighth round for a headbutt.
The 35-year-old Lopez made 107.5 lbs weight for the clash against Taconing remained dominant in the first half with his impressive boxing technique that caused Filipino boxer to miss the swing. This wasn’t an easy win for Lopez, especially when Taconing started to impose his power in the opening bell and tried to pin him in the ropes and corner where he can unpack his overhand left. He also hurt Lopez in the 2nd round and kept targeting his body. 7th round was as well notable for Tanoning when he began impose his power with his straightest left hand; however Lopez understood his trick and came back with counterpunching in the following round.
In the 8th round Taconing was deducted a point due to a head clash that marked Lopez a cut on the right eye. Filipino boxer was earlier warned by Referee Thomas Taylor in the 3rd round about the infraction and later decided to cut a point. Lopez’s right eye literary bleed in the headbutt which was mended successfully in the break. Lopez now retains the title for the first time after trashing Yu Kimura in Japan.
Currently, the nation has 3 world champions, Johnriel Casimero, Nonito Donaire Jr and Donnie Nietes all in possession of titles.