This coming Sunday sees WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) make the first defense of his title as he takes on forme foe Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平] in Osaka.
Today, ahead of that bout, Tapales took part in an open work out, showing his preparedness for the bout and his hunger to record his first defense, and inflict a second career defeat on to Omori.
At the work out Tapales did 4 rounds of mitt works and shadow boxing and looked in good shape, just above the fighting limit. Although well on target for the weight Tapales did seem to confess that he was looking forward to enjoying Japanese cuisine after the fight.
Interestingly Tapales sounded very confident and suggested that beating Omori on Sunday will be easier than when he beet him in their first clash, back in last 2015. In their first bout Omori was stopped in 2 rounds, and bounced off the canvas for fun by Tapales, and an easier win for the champion would be very impressive. It does seem however that the Woz gym, who manage Omori, have scouted Tapales better this time than they did in the first meeting.
Tapales looks for a repeat as he takes on Omori!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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