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Honor defended

Honor defended

Handing the world title on a silver platter was the farthest in Marlon Tapales’ mind when he faced long-armed Japanese bomber Shohei Omori at the Edion Arena.

Making the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown, Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales won’t be able to bring home that belt even if he gets to defeat Japanese challenger Shohei Omori tonight.

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Tapales hopes to make weight

The hardest part outside the fight itself is starting to wear down Filipino champion Marlon Tapales, who only had a paltry serving of vegetables and fruits – and just a sip of water – 24 hours before Saturday’s official weighin for his defense of the World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown.

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But World Boxing Organization bantam king Marlon Tapales and King Arthur Villanueva could not help but wish each other the best of luck in the runup to their respective fights this weekend.

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The World Boxing Organization has assigned Celestino Ruiz of Chicago to serve as the third man on the ring when Filipino champion Marlon Tapales makes the first defense of the World Boxing Organization bantamweight title against Shohei Omori on April 23 in Osaka, Japan.

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Ready to rumble

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It was supposed to be a time for rest and recreation but Marlon Tapales showed up at the gym yesterday in Cebu City, appearing relaxed and looking forward to a successful defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown on April 23 in Osaka, Japan.

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