Hong Kong’s Rex Tso Sing-yu admits he almost collapsed during his fight with Japanese boxer Hirofumi Mukai but the home crowd buoyed his spirit to win his 21st straight victory in the super flyweight division.
“The Wonder Kid” knocked out Mukai with a body punch in the eighth round to keep his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International and World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council titles and earn a third one, the WBO Asia-Pacific belt, am730 reports.
He now ranks among the world’s top 10 by the World Boxing Association, WBO, WBC, and the International Boxing Federation.
Tso, who has been on a winning streak since turning professional in 2011, said he was repeatedly hit by Mukai in the head and body, and he lost his hearing temporarily, during the fight at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Saturday night.
He said he nearly collapsed in the middle of the fight but the cheering of the crowd of over 8,000 and the encouragement of his trainers kept him going.
In a post on his Facebook page, Tso said it would take about two months for him to recover from his injuries. That means he won’t be able to resume training until early June, Sky Post reported.
He specifically expressed gratitude to Tik Lung, a renowned Hong Kong action star, for giving him a red envelope symbolizing good luck, saying he was very touched as it reminded him of his late father, who used to do the same thing each time before he entered the ring.
Meanwhile, Tso’s manager revealed that his next match is likely to take place in September or October, with Japan’s Kohei Kono being the likely rival.
In fact, with his three world titles, Tso is ready to throw down the gauntlet to two-weight world champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue.
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