We've known for a while that on March 11st fight fans in Hong Kong will be getting the chance to see local star Rex Tso (20-0, 12) [曹星如] battle with former 2-time world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史] at "Clash of Chmpions 2". Now it turns out that those fans have been snapping up tickets, with more than 7,000 of the 8,000 tickets having already been snapped up for the fight.
Recently Tso's co-promoter, Jay Lau Chi-yuen of DEF Promotions, stated that the bout was likely to make more than HK$6million, a figure that would set a Hong Kong record. More impressively is that DEF haven't had to spend much in promoting the show, depending more on the match up it's self and the increase in Tso's profile following a string of exciting bouts that have seen Tso being invited on to things like TV further increasing the profile of the bout.
Whilst the revenue will clearly help Tso's personal wealth a good chuck of it is being put into a potential war chest to help Tso get a world title bout later in the year, with his team already looking at the costs of getting a world title bout in Hong Kong.
Interestingly Lau also revealed that Tso was offered a world title fight with WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue, but that they had to decline due to the commitment to have the March bout. It seems however that Tso, like many other contenders in the division, is hoping that Inoue will be moving up in weight sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of DEF Promotions)
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