Often described as a “a dangerous opponent”, Filipino title contender Jonathan Taconing and WBC junior flyweight titleholder Ganigan Lopez both effectively made weight for their upcoming world title match on Sunday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, Mexico.
29 year old, Taconing who started boxing at 14 is currently a ruling light flyweight champion of the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation and also holds former International light flyweight championship of the World Boxing Council. 35 year old Ganigan Lopez on the other hand massively won the title over Japanese champion Yu Kimura in Kyoto, Japan and marked a record of 27-6 with 17 knockouts.
These two power-hitters made weight during Friday’s official weighing, when both fighters managed to come below 108 pound limit. Taconing (22-2-1 18Kos) tipped the scale at 107.4 lbs and Lopez’s (27-6 17Kos) weight was reported as 107.5 lbs for the upcoming clash.
Taconing is trying for the world title shot for the second time with this event, first time he lost against Kompayak Porpramook in Burriam, Thailand on May 3, 2012 which was a highly controversial technical decision made. This veteran boxer from Manila since then scored 9 grand knockout wins, including a 10th round stoppage of Ramon Garcia during last April that was his alone career trip he made outside home country.
For Ganigan Lopez this bout is the first defense of his title after smashing Yu Kimura. It is also interesting to note that Lopez gained two straight win, a bounce back 4th round knockout over Juan Luis Lopez last year October. Although Ganigan’s record aren’t that notable as Taconing, he still praised Taconing as –
“a worthy and powerful opponent but stressed he himself has trained to peak condition”
This event is being promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and fans can tune in Televisa to watch the fight between Ganigan Lopez vs Jonathan Taconing on Sunday.