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TAPALES OSAKA MEDIA WORKOUT (PHOTOS)
By Dong Secuya
19 Apr 2017
OSAKA, Japan – WBO world bantamweight champion Marlon 'The Maranding Nightmare' Tapales faced the local media in a public workout at the Green Tsuda Boxing Gym located at Shinfukae here Wednesday afternoon ahead of his title defense against Shohei Omori this Sunday at the 8,000-capacity Edion Arena.
Tapales answered pointed questions from the Japanese media including representatives from the Yumuri Shimbum and Kyodo News Agency. After answering questions, Tapales went on to do rounds on the punching bag, skipped ropes and did the mitts with trainer Fernando Ocon.
Tapales, from Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, told the local media that he expects a much improved Omori whom he knocked out in the 2nd round during their first meeting on Dec. 16, 2015 which allowed Tapales to face and dethrone then Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu on July 29, 2016 in Thailand.
“Omori may want to get my title but I'm also determined to keep it,” Tapales told one reporter.
Asked whether his long layoff would affect his performance, Tapales said, “Before I fought Omori in 2015 I also had a long layoff and I knocked him out. It won't affect me this time also.”
The local media here sees the Tapales-Omori fight as a big event and expects a crowd of 5,000 to 8,000 who will troop to Edion Arena this Sunday.
Tapales answers questions from the Japanese media and shows his fighting form during Wednesday's media workout held at the Green Tsuda Boxing Gym in Osaka.
Shohei Omori's manager and event promoter Shoji Ohmori (in microphone) answers questions from the media.
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