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12 DECEMBER 2017

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Tapales Repeats Win Over Omori in Slugfest


Much Leather Shared by Tapales and Omori
Much Leather Shared by Tapales and Omori

By Derek Bonnett

 

Marlon Tapales may have lost his WBO bantamweight title to the scales after having to drop a reported ten pounds in the final days of preparation, but he and Shohei Omori put on a heated performance. Tapales, running on fumes from the start, fought with a look of desperation as if unaware how far his gas tank could take him. For his own credit, Omori, 24, fought tall and landed well with the jab and left hand as he pressured the recently stripped champion in his effort to claim the now vacant title. Tapales’ uppercut landed with surprise frequency as Omori came in or while Tapales himself was on the attack. Omori was wobbled late in the tenth and then dropped with a chopping right hand. The bell saved the Japanese challenger for the moment, but Tapales, 25, was all over him in the eleventh and prompted a stoppage from the referee as he swarmed Omori in the opening seconds of the penultimate round. Tapales previously scored a TKO in two rounds against Omori back in 2015, but led only by one point 95-94 on a three judges cards going into the championship rounds.

 

Tapales, likely headed for the super bantamweight division, raised his record to 30-2-0 (13). Omori, failing in his first world title attempt, fell to 18-2-0 (13).




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