Less than 2 weeks ago we reported that Hong's Kong's Rex Tso (12-0, 8) had been forced into a change of opponent after Japanese fighter Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7), had been forced out of the bout with a training injury. At that point in time Tso's attention changed from Kakutani to Thailand's Tiger Tor Buamas (17-1, 12) who was brought in to replace the former WBC Light Flyweight title challenger.
We're sad to report that Tiger has himself been replaced for the bout following a failure in a recent medical examination and has found his role in the bout being taken by his compatriot Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-2-1, 10).
From the report's we've come across it's being speculated that Tiger has failed due to having Hepatitis B, though it's not yet been confirmed it would be an awful way to end a once promising career.
As the for the newly made bout between Ratchasak and Tso this looks like a very good bout, in fact it looks better than clashes with either Kakutani, a naturally smaller man, or Tiger, who had been stopped just a few months ago by Alie Laurel. Ratchasak is a natural Bantamweight and, although he has been stopped twice in his career, has mixed with some very good fighters like Richard Pumicpic.
The changes won't have been great for Tso though after a long training camp and with a possible world title fight against Kohei Kono down the line it's fair to say he'll be fired up to impress here and retain his WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title.
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