On Sunday we will see WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) return to the ring for the first time since his sensational 2016 win over Pungluang Sor Singyu. That win over Pungluang saw Tapales claim the world title, but then spend notable time away from the ring.
On Sunday the champion faces former foe Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平], who he stopped in 2 rounds back in 2015.
On paper a repeat win for Tapales should be expected, however sources in the Philippines have reported that Tapales' weight has been a really bit issue this week.
The sources have reported that Tapales was 128lbs when he arrived in Japan at the start of the week and has been struggling to shake the weight in the last few days. Although we haven't been given a measure of his current weight there was talk about his team being genuinely worried that he may not be able to make weight.
Whilst in Japan Tapales has apparently been a vegetarian and been forced to work out in a make shift sauna to try and lose as much weight as he can. Although it could mind games from what we understand there is real concern that Tapales may not make weight, and if he does, he may not be in particularly good afterwards!
Tapales looks for a repeat as he takes on Omori!
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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