Earlier this year we saw Filipino warrior Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13) score an 11th round TKO against Shohei Omori (18-2, 13) [大森 将平], and although Tapales won the bout he did lose the WBO title, having failed to make weight for the bout. Sadly for Omori he not only lost the bout but also suffered a serious injury to his jaw, which was fractured and needed surgery.
Earlier today we were informed that Omori is now pretty much healed from that loss and had began gym work ahead of his ring return.
There is no date yet set for Omori to return but it seems like he is determined to not wait too long to fight again and the fact that he is already back in the gym, just weeks after his bout with Tapales, shows that. Whilst he is back working out Omori didn't work too hard today, spending about two hours shadow boxing and doing some basic work outs rather than sparring or anything too draining.
Omori, and his team Woz boxing, have stated that they are looking to return to world level as soon possible, and it seems clear that Omori's not looking to wait around and bide his time. Instead he wants to move quickly and get another shot, especially given that Tapales was over-weight for the bout against him. It's likely that he will get a shot if he can rack up a few wins, though questions as to whether or not he is ever going to be a world champion will be asked going forward, given his two losses to Tapales.
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