LOS ANGELES, USA – Jonathan Taconing failed in his bid to clinch the World Boxing Council junior flyweight title on Friday, July 12, losing by technical knockout to unbeaten Japanese champion Ken Shiro at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.
Shiro caught Taoning with a wicked right and followed it up with a left uppercut while the Filipino challenger was going down in the 4th round.
Flaunting superior skills, the 27-yer-old Shiro also dominated the first 3 rounds before putting an end to Taconing’s title aspirations.
Shiro raised his record to 16-0 with 9 knockouts, while the 32-year-old Taconining dropped to 28-4-1 with 22 knockouts.
Taconing was able to land some good shots, but Shiro was never in real trouble and waited for the right time to strike back.
It came early in the 4th round as Taconing left himself open while trying to land a solid punch.
Though Taconing was able to beat the count, it was clear to referee Frank Garza that he was unfit to continue and declared a stoppage.
In making his sixth defense of the title he won in 2017, Shiro put himself in line for a unification title duel with countryman Hiroto Kyoguchi.
Taconing, on the other hand, will return home empty-handed.
The sad thing is there’s very little chances he would get another crack at a world crown. – Rappler.com