FORMER World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight king Marlon Tapales makes his much-awaited ring return on Nov. 21, following a layoff.
Tapales locks horns with grizzled veteran Eden Sonsona in a 10-round fight at a contracted 132-pound catchweight in the main event of “The Restart” at the Sanman Boxing Gym in General Santos City.
Tapales, 28, is coming off an 11th round stoppage in the hands of Ryosuke Iwasa in their interim Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight clash on Dec. 7, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York.
Despite losing his last fight, Tapales is still close to challenging for a world title again because he’s currently ranked No. 4 in the IBF behind Japanese Hiroaki Teshigawara. The current IBF super bantamweight champion is Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
Sonsona, 31, was once a very promising prospect. He has fought the likes of Kohei Kono, Silence Mabuza, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Adrian Estrella, Jonathan Oquendo and Bernabe Concepcion.
Sonsona, somehow, never lived up to his expectations and is now a veteran gatekeeper that tests young up-and-coming fighters. Sonsona dropped his last five fights and is coming off a fourth round stoppage defeat to Adones Aguelo in 2019.
Tapales is 33-3 with 16 knockouts, while Sonsona is 36-11-2 with 13 knockouts.
Two-time world title challenger Aston Palicte (26-4-1, 22 KOs) will slug it out with Reymark Taday (10-12-1, 5 KOs) in the main supporting bout.
After failing in both of his attempts to become a world champion, Palicte hopes to once again earn a world title shot. He’s currently ranked No. 10 in the WBO bantamweight division.
In the undercard, Joey Canoy (15-4-1, 8 KOs) will trade leather with Jovab Lucas (4-2-2, 2 KOs). Unbeaten prospect Dave Apolinario (13-0, 8 KOs) is up against Bonjun Loperez (12-13-1, 6 KOs), and hard-hitting Michael Casama (5-0, 5 KOs) takes on Virgil Degoma.