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Glen Tapia’s Title Quest Continues Against Dangerous Michel Soro

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On Friday, May 8th Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) seeks to continue his quest for a world title shot when he battles junior middleweight Michele Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) in front a mostly partisan crowd at Newark’s Prudential Center, which is just miles down the road from Tapia’s hometown of Passaic, New Jersey. The bout will be televised on promoter Top Rank’s new series with U.S. network TruTV.

Tapia is coming off three impressive victories since joining forces with famed trainer Freddie Roach after a disastrous sixth round TKO defeat at the hands of James Kirkland in 2013. Many, at the time, felt that the defeat against Kirkland would produce long-term adverse effects for Tapia, who was battered by the ramrod punches of Kirkland and appeared to be out on his feet for much of the fight. Tapia’s heart, it seemed, would prove to be a long-term detriment.

Tapia, however, has begun to adopt a more tactical approach to the fight game under Roach and it has paid off in recent fights. In March, Tapia walked through respected Australian contender Daniel Dawson (40-4-1) en route to stopping the Aussie in three rounds before a packed crowd in Macau, China. Now, an impressive performance against Soro will likely mean another TV date for Tapia and possibly a title shot.

Soro, originally of Cote d’Ivoire but now living and fighting out of France, hopes to join the growing list of Francophone African boxers who are making their marks in the United States. Soro has not lost since 2012 and the lone defeat on his record came at the hands of then-WBO welterweight titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov (29-1) in the champion’s native Ukraine. During that fight, Soro knocked the titlist down and gamely tested Baysangurov. While much of the attention for the fight will be on Tapia, Soro represents a very live opponent who could raise some eyebrows.

The televised undercard will feature popular-Tri State fixture Sean Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) in light heavyweight action against Brazil’s Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs). Monaghan has been featured on several prominent PPV cards and has built up a reputable name for himself. Conceicao’s record exemplifies the fact that he has been a knockout artist in his career, but a closer look reveals that his competition has been weak. A potential knockout in this light heavyweight bout seems likely.

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