The hugely popular and always exciting Rex Tso (14-0, 9) was involved in the 4th bout on "Champions of Gold" as he defeated limited Indonesian John Bajawa (12-7, 6) in a some what straight forward victory though one that did see flaws with Tso rearing their head.
The opening round saw the world ranked Tso taking a couple of shots which went through his still questionable defence, though as the bout went on Bajawa's out put and success dropped dramatically and from round 3 on wards it become a progressively 1-sided beat down of the Indonesian fighter.
Sadly for Tso the fight not only showed his lack of defence but also a relative lack of power and despite teeing away on Bajawa through rounds 3 and 4 he failed to really hurt the Indonesian fighter who had been stopped in a round by Japan's promising Ryo Matsumoto. Thankfully for Tso however he did have the work rate and aggressive mentality to simply over-whelm Bajawa in round 5 to force the referee to step in and call a halt to proceedings.
With a world title bout strongly rumoured for November Tso will need to get straight back in the gym and work on his defence. He could work on his power but the defence is going to be a bigger issue if he fights someone like Kohei Kono, Zolani Tete or Carlos Cuadras who can all bang.
Although we are being critical of Tso, who clearly was the better fighter and and did dominate the bout, he did look good in terms of his speed, movement and shot selection all of which have shown notable improvements in his last few fights. It's fair to say that there is plenty there for him to build on but if he's serious about fighting for a world title this year there are plenty of issues that need sorting out.
As for Bajawa this was his 5th loss in 6 bouts and his 4th stoppage suggesting that his limitations have been well and truly exposed.
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!