Last December Japan's promising Shohei Omori (17-1, 12) [大森 将平] suffered a humiliatingly one-sided loss to Marlon Tapales, being blown out in 2 rounds and dropped almost for fun by the Filipino. At that point many wrote him off, saying he had been over-hyped and was too crude to go places in the sport, almost over-looking the fact that Tapales is a really good fighter, and has subsequently won a world title.
Today Omori fought for the second time since that loss and took on the WBC world ranked Edgar Jimenez (22-12-2,16).
Coming in to this one Jimenez was on a 5 fight unbeaten run including a major upset win over Ivan Morales, the younger brother of Erik Morales, who would later go on to get an IBF world title fight. Despite that good run of the Mexican he was no match for the Japanese southpaw.
Omori quickly established his jab and from then found a home for his left hand, which looked sharper and more accurate than it had been in recent fights. It was a left hand in round 3 that began the end, with a solid shot forcing Jimenez on to the ropes before a follow up attack dropped the Mexican for the 10 count
After the bout Omori stated that the training leading into the bout had been the best of his career and that he feels he has improved a lot since the loss to Tapales, who he is now chasing for a rematch. Although a rematch with Tapales the Japanese fighter seems to be happy with the fact the Filipino has become a world champion since beating him, as if he knows he was beaten by a very good fighter.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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