In December Japanese fans will get the chance to see an intriguing WBO Bantamweight title eliminator as the unbeaten, and very exciting, Shohei Omori (15-0, 10) takes on talented Filipino Marlon Tapales (27-2, 10) at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto city.
he bout, scheduled to take place on December 16th, will see the winner become the mandatory challenger for the winner of the upcoming bout between champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35) and Filipino challenger Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7), which is scheduled to take place in January 2016.
Ahead of that bout Omori took part in a public training session in which he sparred 4 rounds with a Filipino fighter and answered questions for the media.
The work out saw Omori looking sharp, in great condition and nearing his fighting weight, though he does still have a bit to shift. Not only did he look sharp but he also sounded very confident and predicted a 7th round TKO win against Tapales when the two men meet. He did suggest that Tapales was a good fight but was full of confidence and appeared to have studied Tapales's style in some detail ahead of this bout. His manager went on to suggest that knockout would come from a body shot,
Notably Omori appeared to suggest that he's hoping to get a world title fight in April, if of course he beats Tapales. If that's the case then "Yamanaka II" may well have a 2016 to remember.
(Image courtesy of the Woz Oomori blog)
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