Former world champ Marlon Tapales looks to get world title shot

More Philippine boxing action this weekend on another Los Angeles PBC card. But as Steve Angeles tells us, Marlon Tapales has tasted the to, and is now determined to get back his belt.

“The maranding nightmare” is ready to chase his dream again.

26-year-old Marlon Tapales of Lanao del Norte will stage his first US fight in nearly a decade this weekend at the Microsoft theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

He takes on Mexican Fernando Vargas Parra As an undercard for the Leo Santa Cruz vs Rafael Rivera Superfeather title fight on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Mexican, with a 34-14-3 record, unsuccessfully challenged for the WBA bantamweight title in 2016. He’s won two straight fights since losing to Ryan Garcia last year.

Tapales claimed the WBO bantamweight title in 2016, but his reign lasted nine months, losing the title on the scale before his first defense.

“The Nightmare” hopes that a strong showing at this Premiere Boxing champions event can help put him in track toward his championship dreams.


Tapales arrived in the US last week, helping him train is a fellow Filipino world title holder, Rodel Mayol, who cornered top contender Aston Palicte to a sensation knock out victory a few weeks ago.

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