• Philippines’ Tapales wins WBO belt

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    Marlon “The Nightmare” Tapales stopped two-time world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand in the eleventh round to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world bantamweight belt at the Ayutthaya Park in Thailand on Wednesday.

    Tapales’ promoter and manager Wakee Salud said that it was a hard-earned victory as the 24-year-old boxer from Lanao del Norte was knocked down twice in the early rounds.

    “It was a beautiful fight, it was a great performance by Marlon,” Salud told The Manila Times via overseas call on Wednesday. “Marlon did not give up despite the boos from the huge Thai crowd. He fought with a lot of heart today and he’s now a world champion.”

    The Thai world champion, with his crisp counter-punches, took the first four rounds. Singyu, 26, peppered Tapales with body shots during the fifth round dropping the Filipino pug twice.

    But the Thai was unable to finish Tapales, who, displaying his great stamina, bounced back in the sixth round. He assaulted the Thai with barrage of punches until he caught his jaw and knocked him down.

    After breaking the jaw of his opponent in the 10th round, Tapales landed a left and right combination on Singyu. A straight left caught the Thai anew with a few seconds left in the 11th round. The Thai couldn’t recover and refused to continue.

    Tapales’ record improved to 29 wins against two losses with 12 knockouts.

    “Tapales broke his jaw. The Thai corner refused to surrender but their boxer couldn’t fight anymore,” added Salud. “Tapales is presently in the hospital for mandatory check up. He will go home tomorrow to Cebu.”

    Tapales is now the Philippines’ fourth world boxing champion joining the company of WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero and WBO super bantamweight titleholder Nonito Donaire Jr.

    After the defeat to the Filipino, Singyu now has a 52-4-0 win-loss-draw record with 35 knockouts.

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