About two weeks ago we reported that Japanese Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (15-0, 10) would be defending his national title title on December 16th against tough Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (22-12, 10). Those plans however have changed with Omori being offered a much bigger and better opportunity that merely defending his title.
Instead Omori will be facing WBO #1 ranked Bantamweight Marlon Tapales (27-2, 10) in a WBO Bantamweight eliminator, with the winner set to face Pungluang Sor Singyu in 2016.
The bout will still take place on December 16th in Kyoto, and the show will still go ahead with the planned co-feature bout which will see Japanese Lightweight champion Kota Tokunaga (16-2, 11) defending his belt for the second time.
For Omori this is a great opportunity to move towards a world title however for Tapales, who we believe had already been offered a shot, this is a very tough ask against a man who has improved remarkably over the past few years. Coming in to this one Tapales has won his last 6, following a razor thin loss in February 2013 to David Sanchez in Mexico. Two of those 6 wins did actually came in Japan, with one of them coming last year when he claimed a technical decision against Hayato Kimura whilst Omori is in great form having stopped his last 4 including Christian Esquivel, Kentaro Masuda and Hirofumi Mukai.
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