Taconing Will Wait For Another Shot At WBC Light Flyweight Title

By REY DANSECO

OPBF light flyweight champion Jonathan Taconing ( will have to wait a little more time before getting his much awaited second shot at a WBC world light flyweight title.

TACONING

TACONING

Reigning champion Pedro “Jibran” Guevara is reported making his second ring appearance this year with his title at stake against top ranked contender Ganigan Lopez.

Promociones del Pueblo will put the 12-round championship fight on July 4 at the newly built Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico,

Taconing, third ranked in the division, was expecting to fight Lopez in eliminator, where in the winner could get the right to challenge Guevara.

Taconing, who is under Johnny Elorde, stopped former world champ Raul “Principe” Garcia in the 10th round last month in Metepec to solidify his status.

Guevara, pride of Mazatlan, knocked out previously unbeaten Richard Claveras of the Philippines in the first round in April in Mazatlan to defend his title for the first time.

Lopez has a reputation as former WBC silver International light flyweight world champion.

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Ex-Philippine, WBC Youth Champ Alta Loses In Australia

By REY DANSECO

Former Philippine and WBC youth champion Marlon Alta suffered his fourth loss in a row, second in Australia.

Alta (12-6, 9 KOs), a SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT, failed to win any round and loss via shutout unanimous decision over six rounds against LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Damien Hooper (10-1-1, 8 KOs) on Sunday at Eatons Hill Hotel in Eatons Hill, Queensland, Australia.

marlon altaAll Australian judges Phil Austin, Adam Height, and Allan Burford tallied 60-54 for Hooper, veteran of 2012 Olympics and currently handled by ex-champ Ricky Hatton.

In the same card that promoted by Angelo Di Carlo, Mark Ramirez and Simitar Dipaculang, who were both born in the Philippines but raised in Australia, both figured in majority draw in the 5th round against separate Aussie foes.

Dipaculang (2-2-2, 1 KO) drew with Daniel Hoskins (8-25-4, 6 KOs) of their super welterweight fight while Ramirez (5-8-2) had the same result against Matt Te Paa (3-16-3) in their super lightweight contest.

Alta once became a prospect after he won the vacant Philippine super welterweight title in 2011 and vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental middleweight title in the following year in Manila.

But the 5-foot-10 orthodox abruptly broke up with his Manila-based manager and went back to General Santos City. Since then, he got his string of losses against Makoto Fuchigami for vacant OPBF middleweight title in Japan, Zac Dunn in Australia, Qu Peng in China and then to Hooper.

“Got the win & great to be back on track. Massive thank you to my promoter @HitmanHatton who still believed in me,” Twitted Hooper, who was ranked fourth in Australia in the light heavyweight division.

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WBC #9 Megriño Ready For WBC Silver Title Fight But Still Waiting For UK Visa

By REY DANSECO

World rated Filipino fighter Rey “Delubyo” Megriño is trying to obtain a visa for his scheduled big fight in Europe.

Veteran fighter Rey "Delubyo" Megrino, left, and his trainer Joven Jorda.

Veteran fighter Rey “Delubyo” Megrino, left, and his trainer Joven Jorda.

Megriño and his trainer, former WBC No. 9 super flyweight contender Joven Jorda, applied for visa at the United Kingdom Embassy in Manila this week.

UK Visas and Immigration normally return the visa applications within 15 working days.

Megriño (21-20-3, 18 KOs) is book to face unbeaten Khalid Yafai (14-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver flyweight title on May 9 at the Barclaycard Arena (formerly NIA) in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK.

Whoever wins will get a huge stride towards a World title shot.

Another world rated Filipino, Silvester Lopez, previously held the belt after he defeated its first title holder Oscar Ibarra via a TKO in the 8th round in September 2011 in Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico.

Four other Filipinos fought but failed to win the belt. Sonny Boy Jaro and Juanito Rubillar lost to Ibarra both by stoppages, Fernando Lumacad bowed to future world champ Carlos Cuadras, and Marlon Tapales fell short to David Sanchez.

Panama’s Luis Concepcion, who took the belt from Sanchez, vacated the title.

Megriño once considered a challenger to Cuadras in September last year. He signed up the fight contract but Cuadras handlers Promociones del Pueblo of Mexico and Teiken Promotions of Japan changed their mind and instead tapped Mexican Jose Salgado.

Megriño, 28, is a former WBC International flyweight champion. He captured the title after beating legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam with third round knockout in 2012 in Thailand.

Megriño enjoys his position as WBC No. 9 contender while Yafai is rated by WBA No. 14 and IBF No. 9.

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WBC Youth Champ Arienza Favored To Win Over Jardon In Mexico

By REY DANSECO

Mexico’s Promociones del Pueblo (PDP) advertise the reigning WBC Youth World lightweight champion Jeffrey “Bomba” Arienza (12-3-1, 7 KOs) has an edge against Dante “Crazy” Jardon (25-5, 20 KOs) in their fight on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City.

In a news titled “El Filipino Arienza un peligro para Jardón” in PDP’s official website, PDP stated Arienza “la etiqueta de ligero favorito” (tagged as slight favorite) to win the scheduled 12-round clash.

Arienza, fighter from well-known ring warrior-maker facilities of Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr in the Philippines, has revealed his plan to punish Jardon before sending him to dreamland.

“I’m more of a technical fighter, not a knockout artist,” said Arienza. “I don’t want to get him down with one punch. I love to throw combination, dropped him in style with volume of punches.”

Veteran trainer Archier “Bullet” Villamor, a former Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) flyweight champion, guides the 24-year-old southpaw in his quest for glory.

There’s so much at stake in the main event show. The WBC International lightweight title will be on the line.

Jardon, 27, is currently the holder of WBC FECOMBOX lightweight title. He’s a veteran of WBC super featherweight title fight in Japan in December 2013.

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One-round disasters

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In the history of world championship boxing, 11 Filipino fighters have lost by a first round knockout. The consolation is there were nine world title bouts where Filipinos won in similar blitz fashion.

The latest to bow out inside three minutes was Richard Claveras of Silay City, Negros Occidental. Last weekend, he was counted out at 2:31 of the first round by referee Jerry Cantu in failing to wrest the WBC lightflyweight crown from Pedro Guevara at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

From the start, fans knew it would be a short-lived encounter with both fighters boasting of high KO rates. Claveras entered the ring with a 12-0-2 record. All his wins were by KO, including eight in the first round. Guevara had won three of his last four outings within the distance and showed up with two first round KOs in his resume.  His motivation wasn’t just to retain the belt but also to destroy Claveras in avenging a humiliating defeat by split decision to Filipino Johnriel Casimero in his hometown in 2012. Guevara’s record was 24-1-1, with 16 KOs.

When the first bell rang, Claveras and Guevara came out smoking like they had an early dinner date. They didn’t want to prolong the suspense, they looked to end it fast. Claveras struck with a left uppercut and a right straight to catch Guevara’s attention in the first minute. But Guevara wouldn’t back off. The Mexican staggered Claveras with an overhand right to the head then threw a vicious left hook to the right side of the body.

Claveras dropped to his knees and took the 10-count. According to Filipino judge Rey Danseco, Claveras’ team was speechless and shocked. Claveras was expected to blow Guevara away but it turned out the other way around. Danseco, Humberto Olivares of Mexico and Tom Taylor of California were the judges in the Guevara-Claveras fight. They never got to scribble on their scoresheets.

Filipino pride Judge Rey Danseco, center, with his fellow officials in the WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara versus Richard Claveras on April 11 in Mazatlan, Mexico. From left, supervisor, Atty. Juan Carlos Pelayo, judge Tom Taylor, Danseco, Mexico’s Humberto Olivarez, and American referee Jerry Cantu. (Photo courtesy of WBC)

Filipino pride Judge Rey Danseco, center, with his fellow officials in the WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara versus Richard Claveras on April 11 in Mazatlan, Mexico. From left, supervisor, Atty. Juan Carlos Pelayo, judge Tom Taylor, Danseco, Mexico’s Humberto Olivarez, and American referee Jerry Cantu. (Photo courtesy of WBC)

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It was an optional defense by Guevara as Claveras is ranked only No. 14 by the WBC. Three Filipinos are ranked higher – No. 3 Jonathan Taconing, No. 4 Rey Loreto and No. 10 Rene Patilano. Taconing has won his last eight assignments, including a 10th round stoppage of former WBO champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in Mexico two weeks ago. The word is Taconing will face No. 1 contender Ganigan Lopez of Mexico in an eliminator to determine Guevara’s mandatory challenger.

The first Filipino to lose by a first round KO in a world title fight was Diego De Villa who was starched by Joo Do Chun in an IBF junior bantamweight championship bout in Kwangju in 1984.

The other Filipino first round victims were Al Coquilla who lost to Lester Ellis in an IBO superlightweight title fight in Australia in 1994, Rolando Pascua who lost to Johnny Bredahl in an IBO bantamweight title fight in Denmark in 1996, Rico Siodora who lost toKongtawat Oraithaigym in a WBF featherweight title fight in Cagayan de Oro in 1998,Eric Jamili who lost to Zolani Petelo in an IBF minimumweight title fight in South Africa in 1999, Malcolm Tuñacao who lost to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a WBC flyweight title fight in Thailand in 2001, Rey (Boom Boom) Bautista who lost to Daniel Ponce de Leon in a WBO superbantamweight title fight in Sacramento in 2007, Gabriel Pumar who lost to Nkosinathi Joyi in an IBO minimumweight title fight in South Africa in 2007, Sonny Boy Jaro who lost to Giovani Segura in a WBA lightflyweight title fight in Mexico in 2009 and Ciso Morales who lost to Fernando Montiel in a WBO bantamweight title fight in Las Vegas in 2010.

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On the flip side, the Filipinos who won in a world title fight by a first round KO wereFlash Elorde who beat Harold Gomes in San Francisco and Sergio Caprari in Manila, both for the world junior lightweight title in 1960, Roberto Cruz who beat Raymundo (Battling) Torres for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title in Los Angeles in 1963, Ben Villaflor who beat Kuniaki Shibata in a WBA superfeatherweight title fight in Hawaii in 1973, Luisito Espinosa who beat Khaokor Galaxy in a WBA bantamweight title fight in Thailand in 1989, Manny Pacquiao who beat Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym in an IBF superbantamweight title fight in Davao City in 2002, Brian Viloria who beat Eric Ortiz in a WBC lightflyweight title fight in Los Angeles in 2005, Edrin Dapudong who beat Gideon Buthelezi in an IBO superflyweight title fight in South Africa in 2013 and Loreto who beat Joyi in an IBO lightflyweight title fight in South Africa last month.

Loreto pushed through with the fight against Joyi despite a shortened training period due to an appendectomy. But he agreed to fly to South Africa for the twice-postponed bout only because he needed the money to finish a modest home under construction in Davao City for his one-year-old son and Japanese girlfriend. Loreto made short work of Joyi in a courageous performance. The problem is South African promoter Siphanto Handi hasn’t given his $40,000 purse and $2,000 training allowance.

The usual boxing practice is purses are settled immediately after the fight. Apparently, the IBO is an exception to the rule. Loreto was given only a $1,000 advance by formerNorth Cotabato Gov. Manny Piñol who arranged the fight. To this day, Loreto hasn’t been paid by Handi. Surely, this travesty must be exposed with the Games and Amusements Board moving heaven and earth to force the settlement of the obligation.

(REPRINTED from Philstar.com)

Philippines to release Pacquiao postage stamps

By REY DANSECO

Manny Pacquiao will be in special postage stamps in the Philippines.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will be releasing special postage stamps as show of support of the agency to Pacquiao’s attempt of winning the prestigious WBC-WBA welterweight titles from unbeaten American champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.Pacquiao stamps and photo

PHLPost will release half million copies of Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” Philippine postage stamps. Each stamp cost 10 Pesos each (roughly US$0.22).

According to PHLPost, the agency is set to issue 500,000 copies featuring a photo of Pacman, one of the world’s greatest athletes. About 30,000 copies of the souvenir sheet will also be released at P40 each (roughly US$0.89).

 

PHLPost featured Pacquiao in a postage stamp in 2008 in support of his bout against then WBC lightweight champion David Diaz of the United States. The Filipino won the title by 9th round knockout.

The stamps, souvenir sheets and official first day cover shall be available at the Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide. For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

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FILIPINA BOXER GURO EARNS RESPECT DESPITE A LOSS TO CHAVEZ

By REY DANSECO

Filipina boxer Norj Guro has earned respect despite she fell short against the much heavier opponent on Saturday night in Mazatlan, Mexico.

The three WBC officials in the impressive title defense of WBC light flyweight champion Pedro “Abogado” Guevara have nice words to say about Guro (7-5-1, 4 KOs) though she lost by lopsided unanimous decision to former world champion Francisca “Kika” Chavez (22-4-3, 4 KOs).

“She’s good,” Mexican lawyer Juan Carlos Pelayo said. “The only problem, her opponent Kika was too heavy, about four divisions heavier than her in this fight.”

Guro tipped the scale 48.6 kilograms (below the light flyweight limit) and Chavez was 54 kg. (super bantamweight) during the official weigh in on Friday.

Pelayo, who served as supervisor of Guevara’s defense to Filipino Richard Claveras in the main event on Saturday night’s show, confirmed the official weight.

“Yeah, it’s the truth. The weight difference (between Guro and Chavez) was too much,” said Pelayo, president of Tijuana Boxing Commission.

Tom Taylor, who judged the fight found Guro as tough and could win if her opponent was in her weight class.

“It was crazy to see a small boxer banging with bigger opponent and able to keep on her feet,” said Taylor, who favored Chavez in his official scorecard, 100-90. “Chavez was too strong.”

The third man in the ring, referee Jerry Cantu, Taylor’s fellow Californian, was also impressed but felt pity with Guro.

“It’s hard to win in that type of situation,” said Cantu, who gave Guro a credit of giving the hostile crowd a great show.

The fight was  for the vacant WBC International female light flyweight title, but it was declared a non-title fight. The changes caused confusion and inquiry to WBC International championship chairman Mauro Betti of Italy.

Betti endorsed Malte Muller-Michaelis, head of WBC Female Championships, to answer the inquiry if the fight was sanctioned or not. However, Michaelis did not responded and Pelayo confirmed during the rules meeting, about 9 hours before the fight, that the promoter did not pay the sanction fee.

Guro, student of former WBC number 9 superflyweight contender Joven Jorda, was expecting the rounds to be six or 8 rounds.

As they’re already at the stadium, Guro was told to face Chavez for 10 rounds.

“The fight should be less than 10 rounds. It must be six or eight because it was a non-title fight,” suggested Dr. Nasser Cruz, chief of Boxing Division of the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

It was not clear if Guro got her purse, $4,000, after the fight as promised by Promociones Del Pueblo, not before the bout. However, a source revealed to AsianFightScene.com, her real prize money was $7,000, not $4,000 that a Filipino matchmaker told her. This matter is subject for confirmation as of press time.

WORLD CHAMP LORETO COMPLAINS S. AFRICAN PROMOTER HANDI FOR FAILING TO PAY $40K PURSE MONEY

By REY DANSECO

Filipino champion Rey “Hitman” Loreto fought and impressively won in South Africa last month but up to this time he hasn’t received his purse.

Loreto opted to file a complaint with Games and Amusements Board (GAB) against the South African promoter of his devastating first round knockout win over Nkosinathi Joyi in a rematch on March 22 at Mdantsane Indoor Centre in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape.

Loreto is entitled to $40,000 prize money in his initial defense of his IBO world light flyweight title. However, promoter Siphato Handi of Mamali Boxing Productions failed to give him the full amount of his purse.

“My purse money is US$40,000 and $2,000 as training allowance,” Loreto relayed in his letter dated April 10 to GAB chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon. “Unfortunately however, after the fight and up to this date, our promoter, Siphato Handi of Mamali Sport Promotions, failed to give what is due to me as a boxer.”

Loreto added,”out of the total of US$42,000, our matchmaker, Mr. Emmanuel Pinol, gave me only the amount of US$1,000 and US$300 to my trainor, Joven Jorda.”

The 24-year-old southpaw described his experience “very frustrating”.

“I really gave my best for that fight with full expectations that I will immediately receive what is due to me,” he said. “Boxing is my only source of income and my only means of supporting my family.”

Loreto were able to pull a stoppage win despite lack of preparation after undergoing appendix operation.

“I endured the pain (of my surgery) only to participate in the said fight/contest and win it,” said Loreto.

Handi failed to fulfill his promised of sending the money through Pinol on March 27. According to Dr. Nasser Cruz, GAB’s boxing division chief, Handi promised again to send the purse this second week of the month.

According to Jorda, he heard about Handi’s plea to give him more time of coming up with the money. He wanted to send it by installment.

On March 30, Loreto told a boxing website AsianFightScene.com about his much needed two-month vacation.

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PROMOCIONES DEL PUEBLO WANTS TO STAGE TACONING VS. LOPEZ WBC LIGHT FLYWEIGHT TITLE ELIMINATOR

By REY DANSECO

THE promoter of WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara wanted to give Jonathan Taconing another fight in Mexico.

Mexican Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo revealed to this writer his plan of putting Taconing against number one contender Ganigan Lopez in a WBC light flyweight title eliminator.

“I wanted him to fight Lopez in June or July here in Mexico,” Kuchle said.

Taconing made an impressive debut in Mexican soil last month with a TKO win in the 10th and final round against former champ Raul “Principe” Garcia in Metepec, Mexico.

The WBC No. 3 contender earned $6,000.

“We will add a little more to his previous purse,” said Kuchle.

Whoever wins in the eliminator will get the right for the mandatory title fight against WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara.

Guevara defended the title for the first time on Saturday night in Mazatlan, Mexico. He knocked Filipino challenger Richard Claveras out at 2:31 of the first round.

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CLAVERAS LOSES BY FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT

By REY DANSECO

WBC Asia light flyweight champion Richard Claveras (12-1-2, 12 KOs) wanted to live up to his monicker “Explosive” when he started strong but was caught by to a devastating left hook to lose by knockout to WBC light flyweight king Pedro “Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) tonight at the jam-packed Centro de Usos Multiples, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Referee Jerry Catu counted him out at 2:31 mark of the first round.

Claveras looked good in the first minute when he landed his strong left uppercut and right straight. But Guevara wait for his time and his patience paid off.

Guevara saw an opening with right straight to set up his most devastating and favorite KO punch to the right side of Clavera’s body.

The 25-year-old Filipino fell on his knees and failed to get back on his feet.

“I wanted to get up but I couldn’t. As I attempted to move, it was getting so painful,” said Claveras, who when he was caught was moving towards Guevara’s right.

Clavera’s managers Ryuta Kato and Warren were speechless in shocked. Trainer Virgilio Openio said, “naunahan tayo”.