Tapales set to defend WBO crown

-A A +A

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


MARLON Tapales is set to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific super bantamweight crown for the first time this weekend.

Tapales takes on Tanzanian up-and-comer Fadhili Majiha on Saturday at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

This is Tapales' first return to his birthplace since 2011.

“We will try our best (to knock him out), so that it will be a great fight because this is his (Tapales’) place,” said veteran trainer Juanito Ablaca. "Tapales' condition is a hundred percent."

Since a majority decision defeat to promising Mexican David Sanchez, the 22-year-old Tapales has won his last four fights against the likes of Indonesians Ruben Manakane and Galih Susanto, Japanese Hayato Kimura and Filipino prospect Fredirex Rodriguez for the WBO Asia-Pacific belt.

The 20-year-old Majiha is also on a run of his own, winning his past three fights. His last loss was back in 2012 by split decision to Nasibu Ramadhani.

Tapales is 25-2 with nine knockouts, while Majiha is 15-3-4 with seven knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 25, 2014.

Sports

DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without notice. Posts that are inappropriate will automatically be deleted.

Forum rules: Do not use obscenity. Some words have been banned. Stick to the topic. Do not veer away from the discussion. Be coherent and respectful. Do not shout or use CAPITAL LETTERS!

Today's front page

Sun.Star Cebu front page for August 01, 2014

Other front pages

Sun.Star Jobs
  • goodearth
  • Filipino Abroad
  • Sinulog
  • Sunstar Multimedia
  • Festivals
  • Calamity Report
  • Pnoy
  • ePaper
  • Obituary
  • Habemus Papam
  • SunStar Celebrity
  • Sun.Star Zup!
  • Technology
  • Pacman blog
  • tell it to sunstar
  • Philippine Polls