Marlon “Maranding Nightmare” Tapales retains WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title in front of 5000 hometown fans at Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) Gymnasium in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
Marlon Tapales retains title in Lanao del Norte, against challenger Fadhili Majiha of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania via unanimous decision with the scores of 119-108, 117-110 and 117-110.
The taller challenger, Majiha imposed himself early on the fight as he wobbled the champion in the second round with a straight right hand, exactly on the jaw of Tapales. That punch really hurt Tapales, but he was able to weather the storm in the second round and came back strong.
In the sixth round, Tapales made his turn, not just hurting the gutsy challenger, but dropping Majiha hard to the floor. Tapales landed a crisp left that took referee Danrex Tapdasan up to the count of eight before Majiha got up on his feet.
After the knockdown, Majiha, 20 years old, was never the same fighter. He became too scared to engage and looking only to survive.
The 22 year old Tapales now improved his records to 26 wins, 9 by way of knockout and with only 2 defeats. And Majiha dropped to 15 wins, 7 by stoppage, 4 defeats and 4 draws.
The crowd were truly entertained although they didn’t get the desired knockout finished.
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.