Bantamweight prospect Marlon “Maranding Nightmare” Tapales is scheduled to fight Tanzania’s Fadhili Majiha for Tapales’ WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title on 28 June in front of his hometown fans at the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Gymnasium, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Philippines.
Tapales (25-2,9 KO’s) who now trained under Wakee Salud became the regional belt holder when he outpointed his countryman Fredirex Rodriguez in over 12 Rounds of action in Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City on 1st Aug. 2013. On Saturday, Tapales will have the chance to defend his title in front of his hometown fans. The bout is scheduled for 12 Rounds.
Tapales enjoyed a 4-fight winning streak since losing a majority on the road against David Sanchez of Mexico in February last year. According to boxing observers, the Tanzanian challenger Fadhili Majiha, is the toughest test of the 22 years old Tapales’ career.
Majiha who boasts a record of 15 wins, 3 losses, 4 draws and 7 knock-out is a heavy-handed fighter. He is 5-1 in his last six fights.
The hometown fans are gearing up to see their boxing hero back in action in their place. Tapales is fighting outside his native Lanao del Norte since 2011. He’s been fighting also outside the country and gained prominence when he fought and won in the under-card of Paquiao-Mosley fight held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here’s the under-card of the Tapales-Majiha fight card:
- Reymond Dayham of Malaybalay City vs. Jerson Luzarito of Butuan City
- Belmar Plaza from Lala, Lanao del Norte vs. Jaysever Abcede of Valencia City
- Ritchie Mipranum from Sarangani Province vs. Rogen Flores of Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte
The officials of the bout are the following:
- Danrex Tapdasan – Refere
- Roel Densing – Judge
- Tony Pesons – Judge
- Salven Lagumbay – Judge
- Antonio M. Comia – Supervisor
The boxing event is one of the highlights of the 55th Araw nga Lanao del Norte celebration organized by the Provincial LGU in partnership with Minoru Harada Boxing Promotions. On July 3, Yeng Constantino holds a concert on the same venue, which is also a part of founding day celebration of the province of Lanao del Norte.