Back in January we reported that negotiations were under-way for a rematch between WBO Bantamweight champion WBO champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) and Japan's once beaten Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平], who suffered his only loss to Tapales in 2015.
Now it seems all the negotiations are complete with Woz boing gym holding a press conference earlier today to officially announce that the bout has been made for April 23rd, and will take place in Osaka, at the EDION Arena Osaka.
For Tapalese the bout will be his first defense of the WBO title that he won last year, when he won a FOTY contender with Pungluang Sor Singyu in Thailand and will give him a chance to prove that the first win over Omori wasn't a fluke. For Omori the contest will be his first world title bout and a chance to avenge his humiliating 2nd round TKO loss to Tapales.
At the moment details about the rest of the card haven't been released but the date and venue do match up with Thai reports of a WBA Flyweight title bout between Kazuto Ioka (21-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Noknoi Sitthiprasert (61-4, 27) [นกน้อย ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] suggesting the show will likely be a double header, with more bouts to be added in the coming weeks.
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