By John Mateo, AsianFightScene
Filipino brawler Jonathan “Lightning” Taconing safely arrived Mexico Thursday, 10 days before his scheduled second shot for the WBC light flyweight title.
Taconing (22-2-1, 18 Kos) is accompanied by the sons of his manager, his fellow boxers Bai and Mig Elorde and their trainer Eddie Ballaran in almost 24 hour flight from Manila, Philippines with lay-over in Tokyo, Japan.
Taconing, rated No. 1 in the division, challenges defending champ Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17 KOs) on July 2 at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City.
Taconing failed to snatch the world title in his first try in 2012 after losing by technical decision in the fifth round to Suriyan Rungvisai.
The referee followed the Thai ring physician’s recommendation to stop the contest in the fifth round due to Rungvisai’s small cut from accidental clash of heads.
The doctor’s ill advise was handed when Rungvisai was losing his composure but still leading in the scorecards.