Cebuano Silvano falls short, loses in 11 rounds to Taconing

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


CEBUANO Virgilio Silvano suffered another roadblock in his career after bowing to former world title challenger Jonathan Taconing last Tuesday at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

“I admit that we lost that fight. Silvano was aggressive in the fight but the belt wasn’t really meant for us,” Omega Boxing Gym head trainer Christopher “Ping-Ping” Tepora told Sun.Star Cebu.

The fight was stopped in the 1:42 mark of the 11th round by referee Bruce McTavish after Tepora threw in the towel.

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“I stopped the fight in the 11th round because he suffered a cut and he was also behind in the fight,” said Tepora.

Taconing, who once fought for the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight belt, captured the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation light flyweight belt and positioned himself further for a possible shot at a world title. The 27-year-old Taconing is ranked No. 3 in the WBC, No. 15 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 10 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Although he lost, Silvano’s morale is undeterred as he and his team are moving on.

“We are now looking for another fight for Silvano so that we can bounce back immediately,” said Tepora, who also trains International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight king Johnriel Casimero.

Taconing won his fifth straight fight since losing by technical decision in a WBC light flyweight bout against Kompayak Porpramook in 2012. He improved to 18-2-1 with 15 knockouts.

Silvano, rated No. 4 in the WBO as a mini-flyweight, lost two of his last five fights.

Before his unanimous decision win over Mark Anthony Florida, Silvano fought for a world title but lost by unanimous decision to IBF mini-flyweight titleholder Katsunari Takayama last year. He dropped to 18-4-1 with 10 knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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