World rated bantamweight Marlon Tapales silently leaves for Japan on Friday (April 11 PHI time) for his fight with Hayato Kimura at the Sangyo Hall, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.
The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.
In a short chat via Facebook, Tapales told this writer that, he will leave for Japan, on the dawn of April 11. He also added that he’s in good condition compared to his previous fights.
“April 11 ko mo larga sa kadlawon… ok kaayo akong kondisyon. Mas ok karon kay sa uban nakong duwa kay naa ko nag puyo karon sa balay sa akong coach…” Tapales said in his native tongue. (On April 11, I’ll travel at dawn… and my condition is okay. Much more okay compared to my previous fights because I stayed with my coach’s home…)
Tapales reiterated that he’s coach Joanito Ablaca has strictly kept an eye on his morning jog and diet.
“…gi-bantayan ko ug maayo sa akong jogging og sa akong kaon.” Tapales said. ([My coach]… keeps an eye on my jogging and diet.)
Tapales will leave from Cebu while the boxing world fixed their eyes on the biggest boxing spectacle between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley rematch at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Tapales-Kimura is set on April 13 (Manila Time) with the same time Pacquiao-Bradley rematch on April 12 (US Time).
Tapales vs. Kimura might be overshadowed by Pacquiao Bradley, but this doesn’t give me the reason not to follow this fight. We all know that fighter of the decade Manny Pacquiao has few remaining fights before he will call it a career and go full time to politics.
Who knows that the next Manny Pacquiao might be the ‘Maranding Nightmare’?
The 22 years old native of Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte is just among a small number of boxers that comes from Northern Mindanao that has received international recognition.