Taconing blasts Amit out of the ring in explosive return

Ryan Songalia
Jonathan Taconing knocks Salatiel Amit through the ropes for a final round knockout in his first fight since losing in his world title bid

KNOCKOUT RETURN. Jonathan Taconing scored a devastating knockout win over tough upstart Salatiel Amit at Sucat, Paranaque City, Philippines. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Junior flyweight contender Jonathan Taconing returned to the ring for the first time since his loss to WBC junior flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez, knocking Salatiel Amit onto the ballroom floor in the tenth and final round for a technical knockout win Saturday, November 19 at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Paranaque City, Philippines. The time of stoppage was 0:29.

The win earns Taconing (23-3-1, 19 knockouts) the vacant WBC International light flyweight title and boosts his hopes for a third shot at a world title. The 29-year-old native of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte lost a controversial technical decision in his first shot against Kompayak Porpramook for the WBC 108-pound title back in 2012.

Taconing didn’t get another shot until this past July, and was outboxed by Lopez in Mexico City to a unanimous decision loss.

There was no such drama in this outing against Amit (9-2-2, 7 KOs) of Naval, Biliran, Philippines, who was outmuscled by Taconing from the opening bell. Taconing’s punching power forced Amit to the ropes repeatedly, landing heavy body punches and winging overhand lefts as Salatiel stepped out of range straight up.

The 3 judges each had the fight at 79-73 after 8 rounds, according to WBC’s open scoring, and Amit never seemed interested in pursuing the knockout win. Taconing did however, and with two left hands on the chin he sent Amit between the ropes to the floor unconscious. Amit was helped back into the ring and had oxygen administered in the corner. He was eventually able to stand up and congratulate Taconing for the win.


Taconing’s manager Johnny Elorde tells Rappler he will speak to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman at the WBC’s annual convention, which takes place December 11-17 in Hollywood, Florida, about getting another title shot. Elorde adds that he expects Taconing to fight another stay-busy bout in January.

Taconing is the number 7 contender in the latest WBC rankings.

Jackson tops Filipino Lopez in Australia

Filipino boxer Silvester Lopez fell short in his challenge of 2012 Olympian Luke Jackson, losing a unanimous decision at Princes Wharf No. 1 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Saturday night. The 3 judges all saw the fight for Jackson (13-0, 5 KOs) by the scores of 97-93, 98-93 and 96-94.

Lopez (27-12-2, 19 KOs) of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines had challenged WBC junior bantamweight titleholder Yota Sato in 2012 but has been on the losing end in all of his fights of significance since then. He had won 3 straight leading into the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title fight. – Rappler.com