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Tapales, 2 others share Elorde top boxers award

Reigning world bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales, who rose from a fifth round knockdown twice in the fifth round to crush and knock out defending champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand on the 11th round, will march on stage to receive the highest honor in pro boxing as co-winner of the Boxing of the Year award during the Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions on March 25 at The Tent of the Manila Hotel.

Takuma Inoue, the kamikaze Japanese fighter tabbed to battle defending champion Marlon Tapales for the Word Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown on Dec. 30 in Tokyo, has suffered an injury during training.

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Defending champion Marlon Tapales is back in the gym – in sparring mode – eager to whip himself into fine in time for the first defense of the World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown on Dec. 30 in Tokyo.

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Marlon Tapales, a protégé of Cebu kingmaker Wakee Salud, shoots for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title on hostile ground on June 17.

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