Earlier today the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported an update in regards to the boxing career of Hong Kong star Rex Tso [曹星如], who famously hung up the professional gloves in an attempt to make his mark in the amateurs.
The 33 year old Tso told the SCMP that his focus was still on the Tokyo Olympics, and that he's continuing to train for the Olympics, and other notable amateur events, including the World Amateur Championships in future. That's despite the fact he turns 34 in July.
In a quote to the SCMP Tso revealed “Right now, I am focused on achieving my goal and that is to qualify for the Tokyo Games. I need to maintain my fitness and improve my technique and footwork." Despite that being his focus he is said to be having problems with maintaining his fitness and training regime due to gyms being closed in Hong Kong, and whether or not the Olympics themselves will even take place.
As for his training, as gym's are closed Tso is typically training in public parks, with running and pad work, which is obviously not as good as sparring and bag work.
What makes things for Tso is the fact he is shareholder in a gym, a gym that he can't train in as Hong Kong continues to try and battle the on going pandemic, which is now in the 4th wave in the country.
Tso's ambition to compete in the Olympics is a notable one, and if he can manage to qualify for the games, something he's hoping to get the chance to do in June in Paris, he would become the first Hong Kong fighter to qualify for Olympics since 1964, when Law Hon-pak and Lee Kam-wah presented the nation.
Sadly however Tso was unable to book his place in the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers last year, where he lost to Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov and Daniyal Shahbaksh. Those bouts, back in March, were his last contests and since then he has been struggling to train and to get himself into the right mindset.
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