Pungluang, who won the title back on August 7th when he stopped Ryo Akaho in 2 rounds, will likely make that defense before the year is out. As we all know the Thai is a busy fighter, and has fought 3 times already this year fitting in another shouldn't be issue, especially considering how easily he beat Akaho. As for Tapales he has been inactive since blowing away Jecker Buhawe back in late January and will likely be hoping to end the year on a high.
Pungluang, now a 2-time champion, will be hoping that this reign lasts longer than his first, which lasted just just 5 months and saw the Thai losing the title in his first defense to Paulus Ambunda. As for Tapales he'll be hoping to claim his first world title.
Although we've been told that the bout has been ordered there doesn't appear to be anything more than preliminary talks so far, though we do suspect that Onesongchai will try and get a deal done as quickly as possible.