Date
20 October 2017
Rex Tso (right) and Kohei Kono at a press conference for Saturday's fight; Kono's head crashes into Tso (inset, left) in the second round; Tso at the hospital. Photos: Xinhua/Rex Tso's Instagram/Internet
Rex Tso (right) and Kohei Kono at a press conference for Saturday's fight; Kono's head crashes into Tso (inset, left) in the second round; Tso at the hospital. Photos: Xinhua/Rex Tso's Instagram/Internet

Rex Tso defeats Japanese challenger to retain WBO title

Sustaining an ugly swelling that almost completely closed his left eye, Hong Kong’s Rex Tso Sing-yu successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) international super flyweight title, defeating Japanese challenger Kohei Kono on points, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The 30-year-old “Wonder Kid” was hospitalized for his eye injury soon after the fight at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on Saturday night.

In a social media post on Sunday, Tso told his fans not to worry about him because he only suffered a swelling caused by internal bleeding in his left eye and his vision remained intact.

He said it would take at least two weeks for the swelling to go away.

His left eye began to swell in the second round after he took punches from “Tough Boy” Kono, 36.

As the swelling got bigger in the following rounds, the ringside doctor decided to put a stop to the fight, with Tso being declared winner by the judges’ technical decision.

The victory was cheered by about 8,000 people who attended the fight.

Tso called Kono a strong opponent, while Kono, who returned to Japan on Sunday with his family, also praised Tso for being well-prepared for the contest.

Kono said he felt happy as the crowed also cheered for him despite his defeat and promised to return to Hong Kong for another fight.

He said although he wanted the fight to continue, he had no choice but to abide by the decision to stop it.

The Japanese boxer also said he has agreed to the rematch proposal from Tso’s manager, although the time and place have yet to be decided.

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