Tapales defeats Omori in non-title bout

Filipino slugger Marlon Tapales defeated Japan's Shohei Omori via an 11th round stoppage in a non-title WBO Bantamweight clash in Japan on Sunday.

The fight became a non-title bout, as for a second time on Saturday, Tapales failed to make the weight limit of 53.5kg (118lb) weighing in 0.8kg over. It was then decided that the fight would proceed but not for the WBO title. 

In the early rounds, it was all Tapales but he started to tire and in round four Omori began to up his punched thrown aiming for the Filipino's body but two rounds later he had Omori defending his attack.

Early in the seventh Omori tried to take control by Tapales weathered the storm and ended the round looking the better of the two.

In the next two rounds, little happened with both fighters looking tired. But in the 10th that all changed when late in the round Tapales landed an uppercut that dropped Omori. 

The Japanese fighter got to his feet and somehow survived the round.

Then just 16 seconds into the 11th round the referee stopped the fight as Omori had never recovered enough after his the previous round beating.

At the start of round 11, Tapales rushed out taking the fight to a still shaken Omori and unloaded punches, forcing the referee to end the bout just 16 seconds into the round and award the decision to the Filipino.

  • And in another fight that took place in Osaka, defending Japanese Featherweight title holder Shota Hayashi lost his title against mandatory challenger Kosuke Saka in the third round. 

From the start, Saka took the fight to his opponent and it was clear that he had too much power with Hayashi never looking comfortable.

In round three, Saka cut the champion's right eye and then dropped him and even though he got to his feet, Hayashi looked finished and shortly thereafter the referee stopped the fight awarding it to the aggressive Saka.