A Filipino boxer has lost one of the few world boxing titles we have at present without executing a punch.
Marlon “Maranding Nightmare” Tapales lost his World Boxing Organization bantamweight title during the weigh-in on Friday in Osaka, Japan.
Tapales, who is supposed to make his first defense of the title he won in July 2016 against Thai Panya Uthok (popularly known as Pungluang Sor Singyu), weighed 1.75 pounds above the weight limit of 118 lbs, co-manager Ryan Salud said in an interview with Rappler.com.
Salud added that Tapales tried to lose weight after his first failed attempt but to no avai as the Filipino pug is still overweight.
This automatically strips Tapales of the WBO belt and will allow challenger Shohei Omori to take the belt away as he has a health advantage going into the fight on Sunday at the EDION Arena. Omori, who lost to the Filipino in their first fight in Kyoto, Japan in December 2015, passed the scales as he weighed in at 117.5 lbs.
If Tapales wins the match, the title will be declared vacant.
The development has left WBO welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and International Boxing Federation super flyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas as the only Pinoy champions at present.
Tapales is not the only Pinoy champ to lose via the scales
The country had its fair share of champions being stripped of their titles due to weight issues.
Even Pinoy icon Pacquiao got stripped of his crown due to his failure to make weight in his World Boxing Council flyweight showdown against Medgoen 3K Battery Singsurat.
What does this mean to our boxers? Boxers grow old so as their bodily functions, particularly their metabolism. The ability to absorb food nutrients slows down as we grow old. Even if they had a strict diet plan and their body system fails, this would lead to disaster and chances are boxers fall by KO come fight night as they are dehydrated and physically and emotionally unfit to fight.
Tapales must move on from this debacle and move up from weight if he still wants to continue. It worked for Luisito Espinosa, Pacquiao and others so it might work from him.