Jonathan Taconing successfully defended his Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) light flyweight belt against Jomar Fajardo via a tenth round technical decision in the main event of Johnny Elorde Management International’s “Boxing Kontra Droga”, Saturday night at the Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City.
In his first title defense, following his victory against Vergilio Silvano a year after, the Zamboangeno champion banked on his pin-point striking and quick side-to-side movements to evade and counter his challenger’s pressuring offense. During the fifth round, the 23-year old boxer from Aljoe Jaro boxing stable received a two-point deduction for an inadverted headbutt to the champion. Instead of succumbing to the setback, Fajardo made up for the points lost by landing significant shots that almost threatened Taconing midway to the fight. The champion, however, kept his composure and stuck to his gameplan, firing stiff jabs and multiple combinations.
The fight turned into an all-out war to the delight of the crowd inside the Flash Ballroom. Their back-and-forth action continued up until another headbutt occurred in the tenth round. This time, unfortunately, the ringside doctor deemed the champion unsafe to continue because of the severity of the cut he sustained which prompted the officials to stop the fight. The championship fight went to the judges’ scorecards with judges Gil Co, Fernando Batistil and Carlo Baluyot scoring the bout all in favor of Taconing, 98-90, 97-91, and 97-91 to retain his belt.
In the co-main event bouts, brothers Juan Martin (18-1-1) and Juan Miguel Elorde (19-1) continued their winning ways after dismantling their Indonesian foes in their respective fights.
The younger “Migs” only needed less than two minutes to finish Arnold Mau (2-6), sending him to the canvas with a left hook to the body. It was another dominant victory for Migs Elorde.
“Bai” Elorde, meanwhile, took his time in punishing Yakobus Heluka (8-13), patiently figuring out his opponents unorthodox style of fighting. The elder Elorde turned up the heat, landing solid punches that sent Heluka to the canvas multiple times throughout the fight before finally finishing him off with a left uppercut in the sixth round.
Boxing Kontra Droga Results
September 14, 2015 – Elorde Grand Ballroom, Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City – Promoted by: Johnny Elorde
OPBF Light Flyweight Championship: Jonathan Taconing def. Jomar Fajardo via TD10 to retain the OPBF Light Flyweight Championship (98-91, 97-91, 97-91)
Super Featherweight bout (10 rounds): Juan Martin Elorde def. Yakobus Heluka via TKO6
Super Bantamweight bout (10 rounds): Juan Miguel Elorde def. Arnold Mau via KO1
Flyweight bout (10 rounds): Giemel Magramo def. Roilo Golez via TKO (3)
Super Lightweight bout (6 rounds): Daffy Dempo def. Kenta Ide via UD
Minimumweight bout (8 rounds): Jay Loto def. Ryan Bajala via UD
Catchweight bout (8 rounds): Jeffery Francisco def. Jeson Berwela via UD
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