Earlier today fight fan sin Hong Kong saw an absolute barn burner, as former 2-time world champion Kohei Kono (33-11-1, 14) [河野 公平] faced off with local star star Rex Tso (22-0, 13) [曹星如].
The bout was, on paper at least, something to get really excited about. It was two men who's styles were expected to gel, and we had anticipated a special type of bout. One of those that live on long in the annals of boxing folklore, without really getting the wider recognition they deserve. What we got was the all action bout we expected, but one that ended without the outcome we had really hoped for.
In the first round Kono looked to bring the pressure, but Tso's youth and speed proved to be the difference. In round 2 a nasty head clash left Tso with a notable swelling over his head. That swelling would grow as the fight went on, but wasn't an immediate issue. In fact it seemed to spurr on Kono who upped his pace and looked to really take the fight to Tso.
From rounds 3 to 6 pace of Kono kept increasing, whilst Tso seemed to begin tiring, and slowing down. Tso's slow down also came with the swelling increasing and his left eye swelling shut.
Kono had his best round in round 7, and it seemed like Tso really was feeling the pace. In fact Tso's willingness to fight Kono's fight had taken a lot out of him.
At the end of round 7 the doctor decided enough was enough, and stopped the bout due to the swelling, taking us to the scorecards. They all favoured Tso, with scores of 68-66, surprisingly having round 7 as a 10-10 round despite it looking like a clear Kono round.
With the win Tso moves closer to a world title fight, but gven the end of the fight, and the action we had had, there are calls from fans for a rematch, and being honest we're joining those calls, as fans our selves. It a damned fun fight, and we want another!
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