Ta­pales, Ta­banao ready for re­spec­tive bouts in Aus­tralia


FOR­MER World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) world ban­tamweight cham­pion Mar­lon “Night­mare” Ta­pales and his sta­ble­mate from Rex Wa­kee Salud (RWS) Gym Neil John Ta­banao ar­rived in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia last Mon­day for their sched­uled bouts on Satur­day at the Bendigo Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

This will be Ta­pales’ first time to fight af­ter a one-year hia­tus when he was stripped off of his ti- tle af­ter tip­ping the scales over­weight on the eve of his ti­tle de­fense against Ja­panese Sho­hei Omori in Japan.

Ta­pales (30-2-0, 13KOs) will fight vet­eran In­done­sian Rivo Rengkung (36-24-6,14KOs) for a 10-round non-ti­tle bout while Ta­banao (14-5-0, 10KOs) will face Thai Rachan Ya­geow (25-4-0, 20KOs).

The 25-year-old Ta­pales and the 23-year-old Ta­banao are ac- com­panied by their trainer Fer­nando Ocon and will wrap up the re­main­der of their train­ing at the VSG Gym in down­town Bendigo, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia.

“They are 99 per­cent ready for the fight. They are just main­tain­ing their weight and they are both well con­di­tioned for this fight,” said Ocon. “We did not change our train­ing rou­tine. We used the same rou­tine that we used in his pre­vi­ous fights but we added some new tac­tics and game plan con­sid­er­ing that he will be fac­ing a tough In­done­sian op­po­nent.”

Ta­pales earned his pop­u­lar­ity in box­ing af­ter he snatched the WBO world ban­tamweight strap by knock­ing out Phuenglu­ang Sor Singyu of Thai­land in 2016. He is un­beaten since 2013 and is on a 10-fight win­ning streak while Ta­banao is a for­mer WBO Ori­en­tal feath­er­weight cham­pion.

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