This past Sunday we saw Marlon Tapales (30-2, 13) score an 11th round TKO against Shohei Omori (18-2, 13) [大森 将平]. What we weren't aware of at the time was the injuries suffered by Omori, who has been in hospital following the fighter and, today he recieved surgery.
The gutsy fighter suffered a fracture to the right side of his jaw, with the injury being so bad as to push some of his teeth out of place, a result of Tapales' power.
The surgery saw plates and wires being being placed in Omori's face to help with recovery from the injury and he's expected to need about a month to recovery from the injuries. Of course just because he's going to need a month to recover from the injury that doesn't mean he's going to be fighting fit in a similar amount of time and it could well be a number of months before he returns to the gym.
We'd like to wish Omori a speed recovery and we're looking forward to seeing him return to the ring later in the year. As for Tapales the news is that he will be moving up in weight, and the speculation is that he will be targetting a world title fight in the near future. The rumour we've heard is that to acclimatise to the Super Bantamweight division he'll be looking to face Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15), and in all honesty that may be one of the most exciting that could be made at 122lbs.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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