Less than 2 weeks ago we reported that Hong's Kong's Rex Tso (12-0, 8) had been forced into a change of opponent after Japanese fighter Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7), had been forced out of the bout with a training injury. At that point in time Tso's attention changed from Kakutani to Thailand's Tiger Tor Buamas (17-1, 12) who was brought in to replace the former WBC Light Flyweight title challenger.
We're sad to report that Tiger has himself been replaced for the bout following a failure in a recent medical examination and has found his role in the bout being taken by his compatriot Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-2-1, 10).
From the report's we've come across it's being speculated that Tiger has failed due to having Hepatitis B, though it's not yet been confirmed it would be an awful way to end a once promising career.
As the for the newly made bout between Ratchasak and Tso this looks like a very good bout, in fact it looks better than clashes with either Kakutani, a naturally smaller man, or Tiger, who had been stopped just a few months ago by Alie Laurel. Ratchasak is a natural Bantamweight and, although he has been stopped twice in his career, has mixed with some very good fighters like Richard Pumicpic.
The changes won't have been great for Tso though after a long training camp and with a possible world title fight against Kohei Kono down the line it's fair to say he'll be fired up to impress here and retain his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.
(Image courtesy of SCMP Pictures)
The word we've gotten early today from Hong Kong is that local boxing star Rex Tso (12-0, 8) has had to have a late change in opponent.
From what we understand Tso's original opponent, Japan's Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7), has been forced out of the bout with a training injury. Kakutani, who lost in a WBC Light Flyweight world title bout last year, has been replaced by Thailand's Tiger Tor Buamas (17-1, 12) who will be hunting his 3rd victory following his shock upset loss to Alie Laurel back in January.
Some in the Hong Kong press have indicated that this is a "much tougher" fight for Tso though we'd not be that sure in all honesty. Tiger's record is certainly better on paper but a loss, just 3 fights ago, to Laurel is a worse result than losses to either Teiru Kinoshita or Adrian Hernandez, such as the two most recent losses for Kakutani.
As for Tso we don't really think their will be much of a change tactically. We don't mean to be harsh but we think Tso knows what works for him and that's aggression, pressure and action, things he'd use against either Kakutani or Tiger.
With Tso's last bout, a war with Mako Matsuyama, being a show stealer we assume that there will be a lot of attention on Tso's contest here. If he's in another action packed brawl we may well see him go from local attraction to an international star.
(Image, of Tso, courtesy of boxrec.om)
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