Filipino pug Jonathan Taconing will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) world light flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez of Mexico on July 2 at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City.
“Taconing is in good shape and good condition. I’m very confident he will bring home the world title just like [Johnriel] Casimero did before last month. We will also go to Mexico City to watch and support him,” said Liza Elorde, the co-manager of Taconing.
Elorde said that she is not worried about a hometown decision, “It’s given but I’m sure he [Taconing] will give his very best to score a knockout or post a convincing win since Lopez looks older. I believe Taconing’s stamina, speed and power could last in the later rounds.”
Known for his knockout punch, the Zamboanga native Taconing holds a record of 22 victories (18 of which is by knockout), two losses and a draw. The 34-year-old Lopez, on the other hand, has a 27-6 win-loss record with 17 knockouts.
Lopez won the title by beating Yu Kimura via majority decision in Japan on March 4.
Taconing lost his first world title shot via technical decision against former Thai WBC light flyweight world champion Suriyan Satom in 2012, in Thailand.
In April 2015, he scored a technical knockout victory against Ramon Garcia Hirales.
He then defeated fellow Filipino Jomar Fajardo via technical decision in September in Parañaque City.