How did Marlon Tapales come back from getting knocked down twice?
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 28, 2016 04:43 PM
With the help of his mom and a little prayer, Marlon Tapales was able to bounce back and claim the WBO world bantamweight title in Thailand. (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo on Instagram)
Wednesday afternoon, Marlon Tapales went into enemy territory and accomplished his lone mission: leave as champion.
The 24-year old put on an inspiring performance, defeating hometown boy Pungluan Sor Singyu in the eleventh round to claim the WBO world bantamweight belt, his first world title after 31 professional bouts.
What made Tapales' win more impressive however, is that he was knocked down twice by the defending champion in the fifth round.
A lesser man would have wilted towards the end of the bout, but the Lanao del Norte native instead rallied back and scoring scoring a massive knockout of his own, apparently enough to break Singyu's jaw.
"Yung una masakit, yung pangalawa, hindi na gaano," Tapales told ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo. "Alam mo naman ang mga Pinoy, laban eh."
But what was it that gave Tapales the fuel to fight back after getting dropped twice?
As it turns out, Tapales' mother, who was present at the fight, came to his corner after the fifth round and together they said a short prayer.
"Sabi ko sa kanya, dasal lang, anak."
In the sixth round, Tapales would be the one to send Singyu to the canvas with a knockdown of his own.
Possibly trailing on the scorecards thanks to the two knockdowns in the fifth round, Tapales new that he needed to win via knockout, and after punishing the Thai champion during the latter rounds, Tapales finished the job in the eleventh round with a flurry that ended with a solid overhand left flush on Singyu's head.
Prior to facing Tapales, Singyu had dispatched 21 other Pinoy challengers. In fact, Tapales was there when the dominant Thai slugger defeated Pinoy veteran AJ "Bazooka" Banal via TKO.
That was for the WBO bantamweight belt, the very same belt that Tapales now wears on his waist.
With the win, Tapales not only earned some hardware, but he was also able to avenge his kababayans inside the ring.
"Alam ko na kaya ko." Tapales said.
Tapales may have brought home a few bruises, but that's a small price to pay for the realization of a dream, the dream of becoming a world champion.
With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News.