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Michel Soro Spoils Glen Tapia’s Homecoming with 4th Round TKO

Michel Soro - Glen Tapia

Super Welterweight contender Glen Tapia (23-2-0, 15 KOs) had his parade rained on by France’s Michel Soro (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on Friday, May 8 in their scheduled 10-round fight on truTV from the Prudential Center in Tapia’s home state of New Jersey.

Tapia came out strong in the early going, easily winning the first round by setting the pace with hard jabs and ripping body shots that eventually led to good work upstairs on Soro by the end of the round.

Soro quickly changed the feel of the fight though, bouncing back by winning the second and third rounds by keeping Tapia at a distance and in the center of the ring by using his feet and a stiff and effective jab.

Tapia was first hurt in the third round when Soro landed two counter shots, the more meaningful a hard left uppercut that gave Tapia rubber legs.

The fourth and final round seemed to be swinging back towards Tapia who was once again putting in good body work, until Soro landed a hard-inside straight right that shook Tapia to his boots.

Instead of taking a knee in front of his home crowd, Tapia decided to try to fend off the charging Soto, but was unsuccessful, taking a barrage of shots to the head forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:10 of Round 4.

It’s Tapia’s second loss of his career. Of course, we all remember the horrible beating he took at the hands of James Kirkland back in December 2013, he had since won three fights in a row by KO and was looking to take a step back up with a win over Soro.

Soro now has a standout win on his previously bare resume, and has opened new doors in his career setting up possibly big fights at 154 pounds, maybe eventually against WBO champion Demetrius Andrade.

Tapia was ranked No. 2 by the WBO coming into the fight.

Glen Tapia - Mikey Williams
Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

In his post-fight interview Tapia pleaded with his New Jersey fans not to give up on him saying, “I’m going to be back for you Jersey.”

On the televised undercard, Light Heavyweight contender and New York native Seanie Monaghan (24-0-0, 15 KOs) got his opportunity to fight on TV when he took on Brazilian Cleiton Conceicao (20-7-2, 16 KOs).

Monaghan controlled the fight early by being the aggressor and putting in good body work that had obvious effects on Conceicao by the mid-rounds.

Conceicao did find his bearings, and even cut Monaghan over the right eye, which completely shut by the fights end.

Monaghan’s continuous aggression won him the first two-thirds of the fight, but Conceicao did had some success late, arguably winning the final ninth and 10th rounds.

The judges scored it 98-92 twice and 99-91 a unanimous decision for Monaghan, watching it live the fight looked much closer than the scorecards entailed.

Seanie Monaghan Mikey Williams
Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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