Earlier today we were informed that Hong Kong star Rex Tso (18-0, 11) [曹星如] would be returning to the ring on May 14th at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. As previously reported the Hong Kong star will be up against former world title challenger Young Gil Bae (27-5-1, 21) [배영길], a Korean who took part in a world title bout late last year.
Originally the plan for Tso was to challenge for a world title, against WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平], but those plans were put on the backburner in January when Tso's team, including Bob Arum, decided that Tso would build up towards a world title bout and that he wasn't yet ready for one of the best fighters in his division.
The plan for Tso was revised to try and get him in the ring against Bae in March but that has slipped to the middle of May with Tso spending time developing his skills away from the ring, which included training along with Filipino fighter Rey Megrino.
The exciting star of Hong Kong will be hoping to kick off his 2016 with a win over Bae however Bae will have ideas of his own.
The Korean is best known for facing WBC Minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin [วันเฮง ไก่ย่างห้าดาวยิม]. In that bout Bae was stopped in 9 rounds, though he has since bounced back with a low profile win in Thailand against Ricky Seniego. Interestingly Bae failed to make weight for his bout with Wanheng and although he'll be the smaller man against Tso he is more of a natural Super Flyweight than Minimumweight.
As well as the main bout others fights on the card have been announced. These include a bout between Filipino Jay Solmiano (17-3-1, 13) and Japan's Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine (9-3, 7) [ジャンボ織田信長書店ペタジー二], AKA Takahiro Oda, as well as bouts featuring Macau's Kuok Kun Ng (8-0, 4), Kenneth Lee (1-0, 1) and Campee Phayom (9-0, 7).
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