WATCH: Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales KOs Japanese foe to earn world title shot

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WATCH: Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales KOs Japanese foe to earn world title shot
The Lanao del Norte native KOs undefeated Shohei Omori to become the mandatory challenger for WBO bantamweight champ Pungluang Sor Singyu

MANILA, Philippines – Marlon Tapales has punched his ticket to a world shot.

The Lanao del Norte native scored 3 knockdowns of previously unbeaten Japanese fighter Shohei Omori in the first round before knocking him out with a perfectly timed counter right hook in round two at the Shimazu Arena in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday, December 16. The WBO bantamweight title eliminator was stopped at the 1:35 mark.

Marlon Tapales-Shoshei Omori Full FightDec.17 in Kyoto Japan| WBO bantamweight title eliminator

Posted by Asian Boxing Scene on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The win earns the 23-year-old Tapales (28-2, 11 knockouts) a mandatory title shot at WBO bantamweight champ Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35 KOs), who won the title in August with a second round knockout of Ryo Akoho.

The 27-year-old Sor Singyu has a long list of Filipino opponents on his record, having beaten AJ Banal, Eden Sonsona and Monico Laurente.

Sor Singyu is already scheduled to face another Filipino boxer Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7 KOs) on January 15. –


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