Later this month we'll see WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12) travel to Japan to defend his title against the once beaten Shohei Omori (18-1, 13) [大森 将平]. The bout will be Tapales' first defense of the title and will see him return to Japan to take on Omori, who he beat in late 2015 in very impressive fashion.
Today Omori took part in a public training session, ahead of rematch with Tapales, and he and his team were certainly looking very excited about the upcoming bout.
They admitted that Omori was over-confident ahead of his 2015 bout with Tapales, and seemed to essentially disrespect the Filipino, having failed to fully research Tapales, or be aware of what Tapale brought to the table. This time however it's clear that Omori knows how good Tapales is, and won't be looking past the champion.
Omori also stated that he had been inspired by Shun Kubo's recent performance, with Kubo previously going to the same school as Omori. He'll be looking to use that inspiration to over-come Tapales. He'll also be looking to shine ahead of Ryota Murata's world title bout in May, with Murata also being from the same educational facility as Omori.
The public work out featured a short spar with Omori, who looked sharp, but it's clear there is still work to do before he faces Tapales.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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