From what we understand Hong Kong's boxing star Rex Tso (13-0, 8) is now a major doubt for the next Macau show which is set to take place on July 19th. Tso may have suffered 2 knock downs in his recent victory over Thailand's Ratchasak Kokietgym but rather worryingly it's his hands that could be an issue.
From the reports we've come across Tso's hands are still badly swollen following the bout with Ratchasak and although no fractures have yet been detected their are serious worries about soft tissue damage which could keep him out of the ring for a while.
Not only are Tso's hands swollen but they are still tender and an expert will need to give them the all clear before Tso even considers sparring again never mind an actual fight. This could well keep him out of the ring for months, not just a few weeks. Worryingly this could put the stoppers not just on the potential "Champions of Gold" show but also a possible show down with Kohei Kono for the WBA Super Flyweight world title.
Although Tso's hands are damaged his team were said to have been happy with his performance against Ratchasak. They were very happy about his foot work which was a huge improvement to the way he fought Mako Matsuyama, incidentally a Watanabe gym mate of Kono's, though they are worried about long terms issues not just regarding Tso's hands but also his nose which they feel may require laser surgery down the line due to bleeding issues.
The Macau show, which will see Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28) challenge talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8) for the WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight titles, is still not not closer to be fully announced. We know the world title bout and we also know that the card will feature Zou Shiming (4-0, 1), Brian Viloria (33-4-0-2, 19), Egor Mekhontsev (3-0, 3), IK Yang (15-0-0-1, 10), Kuok Kun Ng (4-0, 2) and Mexico's promising Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (28-0, 22) though none of these fighters have yet to have opponents announced for the show. With Tso now a major doubt it seems time that Top Rank started to put together the opponents for the other men on the show, especially considering it's only about 6 weeks away!
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