Marlon Tapales, the unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight world champion, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to commence his training camp in preparation for a potential undisputed showdown against WBC/WBO super bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue.
Tapales, accompanied by his esteemed trainer Ernel Fontanilla, is ready to embark on an intensive training regimen at the Knucklehead Gym in Las Vegas.
The proposed clash, targeted for December, has really motivated Tapales, who promises a thrilling display of skill, power, and determination.
"I fully comprehend the magnitude of this fight. Becoming the undisputed champion is the ultimate goal in any boxer's career, and I am prepared to give my all to achieve that. Naoya Inoue is an exceptional fighter, but I have unwavering confidence in my abilities and the hard work I have put into my training. I will leave everything in the ring and prove that I am the best in the division," Tapales said.
Inoue, regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, has been tearing through the weight divisions for the last few years.
Last year, Inoue became the undisputed bantamweight champion with his dominating stoppage of Paul Butler. He would then make a decision to move up in weight, to 122-pounds, to challenge unbeaten unified champion Stephen Fulton in July. Inoue took him out in eight round to walk away with the WBC, WBO titles - and also became the second male fighter in Japanese history to capture world titles in four weight classes.
Tapales was ringside for Inoue's latest conquest. After the fight, Tapales and Inoue faced-off in the ring with their world titles.
The Filipino fighter became a world champion earlier this year when he shocked unbeaten Murodjon Akhmadaliev with a twelve round split decision win in April.