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article imageMarlon Tapales scores knockout win over Shohei Omori

By Leo Reyes     Dec 16, 2015 in Sports
Bantamweight challenger Marlon Tapales of Tubod, Lanao del Norte , Philippines knocked out previously unbeaten Shohei Omori Wednesday at the Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan to earn a mandatory title shot at WBO bantamweight titlist Pungluang Sor Singyu.
The Omori-Tapales fight is a WBO bantamweight title eliminator. Omori is unbeaten in 15 pro fights while Tapales is a veteran of 27 fights with two defeats in his pro career, as detailed in Digital Journal's list of boxing fights to watch before the year's end.
After scoring a series of knockdowns in the first round, Tapales caught Omori with a power right hook, sending the unbeaten Japanese to the canvas with the referee stopping the fight at 1:35 of the second round.
It was Tapales' seventh straight win since losing to David Sanchez in 2013 via a majority decision in a fight held at the Gimnasio del Estado, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
For Omori, it was his first loss in his career since turning pro in 2011. The 22-year-old Japanese fighter is a southpaw with 63 percent KO rating.
With the win, Tapales is likely to face Thailand's Pungluang Sor Singyu (51-3, 35 KOs) provided the Thai boxer wins over Jetro Pabustan (26-2-6, 7 KOs) on Jan. 15.
Sor Singyu is coming off five straight wins since losing to Tomoki Kameda by KO at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last year. Four of his five fights since his loss to Kameda came via knockouts.
The 27-year-old Thai WBO titleholder would be a tough opponent for Tapales if Singyu can dispose Pabustan on Jan.15. Singyu is a veteran of 54 pro fights with only three defeats.
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