Former world champ Tapales makes triumphant ring return with early KO win

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 26-year-old Tapales fought as a featherweight for the first time after failing to make weight in his last fight in April of last year against Shohei Omori of Japan in Osaka.Tapales stopped Omori in the 11th round but he was stripped of his WBO bantamweight belt for being overweight.Tapales feels he’s regained his top form by moving up in weight.“I feel very strong and confident,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marlon Tapales, left, faces off with Goodluck Mrema of Tanzania during the official weigh-in on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at TV5 Media Center. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netFormer world champion Marlon Tapales waited for more than a year before making his return to the ring.His comeback fight, however, didn’t last long.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Madrid and Atletico draw in derby, Barcelona stays ahead Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tapales needed only one round and one punch to knock out his Tanzanian foe Goodluck Mrema on Sunday in front of his hometown crowd at SM North Edsa SkyDome in Quezon City.“It feels so good to be back in the ring,” Tapales said in Filipino. “I also prepared really well for this fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTapales (31-2, 14 KOs) decked Mrema (22-4, 12 KOs) after the Tanzanian walked into a crushing right hook in the temple.“I knew that’s going to come. I watched his videos and I set that punch up,” he recalled of the KO. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more