We are sad to report that Japanese fighter Kenta Okumura (12-2-1, 3) will not be fighting Hong Kong's exciting Rex Tso (14-0, 9) on November 22nd as we had previously reported. Unfortunately the Japanese fighter has had to pull out the biggest fight of his life after suffering a hand injury and has left Tso's team scrambling around for an opponent at the last minute to face the Chinese "Wonder Kid".
From what we understand the leading name for the fight now is Indonesia's Espinos Sabu (11-2-1, 5) a man who has proven his willingness to travel despite suffering back-to-back losses on the road. Although not a proven fighter fighter Sabu has gone 12 rounds with both Rusalee Samor and Warlito Parrenas this year and the odds are that if he's in decent condition he could do the same as against Tso.
This wasn't the bad news for Tso who has also been strongly criticised in the Hong Kong press by Wai Kee-shun who has effectively said that Tso needs to get out of Macau for future fights and also needs to fight better opponents to ever realise his dream of becoming a world champion. Whilst it's clear that Kee-shun wasn't trying to sound too negative it does seem that the respected former commentator is doubting Tso's potential. Whilst we agree that the Hong Kong fighter does need to step up his level of opponent we would suggest that staying in Macau and fighting on these shows is the best thing he can do given the huge exposure the Macau shows get world wide. Sadly Tso's problems are the other ones that Kee-shun has mentioned such as the defensive holes in Tso's game and his lack of genuine offensive fire power. Sadly however we suspect if Tso is given tough tests he may come unstuck, especially given the way he surprisingly struggled with Mako Matsuyama and Ratchasak KKP in recent contest.
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