MANILA, Philippines – Former world champions Marlon Tapales and Jhack Tepora pursue their quest back to the top when they battle separate foes on Saturday, June 1 (Sunday, June 2, Philippine time) in San Jacinto, California.
Tapales, the former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, tangles with Mexican Robert Castaneda in a 10-rounder, while Tepora, the former World Boxing Association interim featherweight titlist, tackles American Jose Luis Gallegos in another 10-rounder.
Both Tapales and Tepora lost their titles to the scales.
Tapales came in two pounds over challenger Shohei Omori and got stripped of the title although he eventually knocked out the Japanese in the 11th round in Osaka, Japan.
Tepora’s case was worse as he exceeded the weight limit by 5.5 pounds against Hugo Ruiz in what should have been the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s successful title defense against American Adrien Broner last January.
Apparently they have learned their lesson as both made the grade during the official weigh-in on Friday.
Guided by former world champion Rodel Mayol, they didn’t waste the second chances given them by MP Promotions through international matchmaker Sean Gibbons.
Tapales, of the Rex Wakee Salud stable, checked in at 123.6 pounds as against Castaneda’s 123.8.
Tepora, on the other hand, weighed 127 pounds as against Gallego’s 128.
Based on records, the 27-year-old Tapales (32-2, 15 knockouts), should win handily over Castaneda (23-11-2, 16 KOs), same with the 24-year-old Tepora (22-0, 17 KOs) over Gallegos (16-6, 12 KOs). – Rappler.com