By Ryan Songalia, Rappler.com
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 Lopezin 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.