Tubod, Lanao Del Norte native Marlon Tapales wants a knockout victory when he faces World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand on July 27, in the historic City of Phra Nakhon Sri Autthaya, Thailand.
“I’m much focused and determined to knock him out because I’ll be fighting in front of a hostile crowd,” Tapales told The Manila Times. “I know it is not going to be easy but I’m in a good fighting condition. I can knock him out and become a world champion.”
Tapales’ promoter and manager Wakee Salud said that the 24-year-old boxer is not afraid to face the Thai pug in his home turf because of his experience winning overseas competition.
“He is ready and confident,” Salud said. “Marlon has already sparred a lot and his condition really looks good now. We’re going to give the champion a real challenge.”
Tapales, who holds a 28-2 win-loss record with 11 knockouts, is aiming to join the current rank of Filipino world champions among them Donnie Nietes (WBO light flyweight), Johnriel Casimero (International Boxing Federation flyweight) and Nonito Donaire Jr. (WBO super bantamweight).
“We are not bothered to fight in Thailand because we did it before when my fighter Malcolm [Tunacao] won over a Thai world champion via technical knockout years ago,” said Salud, referring to Tunacao’s victory over Medgoen Singsurat for the World Boxing Council flyweight belt in 2000.
Singyu holds an impressive 52-3 win-loss record with 35 knockouts.
Tapales, WBO’s no. 1 bantamweight contender, is upbeat coming from a seven-fight win streak that is highlighted by a technical knockout win over Japanese Shohei Omori.
“It’s going to be a tough fight but I’m confident Marlon will score a convincing win,” said Salud.