Late last year Japanese fans saw the exciting Shohei Omori (16-1, 11) [大森 将平] suffer his first professional loss, suffering a 2nd round TKO defeat to Filipino Marlon Tapales in a WBO world title eliminator.
Earlier today Omori returned to the ring for the first time since that loss, and made an impression by scoring a win over the usually durable Indonesian Espinos Sabu (15-9-2, 8), who had never previously been stopped.
The first with Omori showing some serious caution and a lot of excess movement. It seemed like the loss to Tapales had been a humbling experience but one that taught him a lesson about defense and that lesson was on show in the first few rounds with Omori doing everything to avoid being caught by Sabu.
As the fight went on Omori loosened up, the caution began to clear and the Woz fighter began to let rip with ever increasing venom. That venom saw him hurting Sabu early in round 4 before a follow up attack sent the Indonesian down for the count, courtesy of a nasty body shot.
The win, which was in all honesty expected, was exactly what Omori needed following the disaster against Tapales, where he was dropped 4 times. Although that loss was a disaster their is confidence in Omori going all the way and the plan now is to get him in against a world ranked fighter in August and a potential world title eliminator towards the end of the year. With today being an "easy" fight it's clear that Woz don't want to waste too much time on rebuilding and are putting the loss to Tapales down to inexperience and over-confidence.
For Sabu, who has this was his 9th loss in 11 fights, but the first time he has been stopped following bouts against the likes of Rex Tso, Warlito Parrenas, Inthan Sithchamuanf and Kompayak Porpramook. It was however his first bout as a fully fledged Bantamweight and it seems clear that the weight isn't suitable for him.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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