In a knockdown-filled slugfest that saw the young Filipino nearly stopped with body shots, Marlon Tapales took out WBO Bantamweight Champion Pungluang Sor Singyu earlier today in the latter’s native Thailand.
Tapales (29-2, 12 KO), who had earned his title shot with a two-round drubbing of then-unbeaten Shohei Omori, went down twice in the fifth round from repeated right hands to the body. Impressively, he managed to get to his feet and floor Sor Singyu (53-4, 35 KO) just one round later.
"The Maranding Nightmare" eventually broke Sor Singyu down, doing major damage before a straight left through the guard put the Thai champion down for good in the eleventh round.
The Ring’s Ryan Songalia was kind enough to share footage of all four knockdowns.
At just twenty-four years of age, Tapales has put himself right in the mix of a very competitive division. Here’s hoping we keep seeing him against quality opposition.