MANILA, Philippines–Marlon Tapales seems to finish the 12 months with a bang when he takes on Naoya Inoue of their undisputed tremendous bantamweight showdown seemingly set for December 26 in Tokyo, Japan.
Tapales, who holds the WBA (Tremendous) and IBF belts, will vie to turn into the primary undisputed Filipino champion within the four-belt period.
The 31-year-old Tapales (37-3, 19KOs), nonetheless, faces a stringent problem in his pursuit of historical past.
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Inoue has but to be crushed in 25 fights with most of his opponents not lasting the space.
Lower than three months in the past, Inoue made straightforward work of the highly-touted Stephen Fulton, who was stopped within the eighth spherical at Ariake Enviornment in Tokyo.
Tapales was in attendance through the bout and even shared the ring with Inoue shortly after the Japanese pound-for-pound king’s bout.
The victory earned Inoue the WBC and WBO titles simply seven months after unifying all of the belts at bantamweight with an Eleventh-round TKO win over Paul Butler.
Tapales, in the meantime, turned a two-belt champion after outpointing Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev final April in San Antonio, Texas.
The Tubod, Lanao del Norte native is 4-0 when combating in Japan.