Back in early January we saw the announcement that Hong Kong star Rex Tso (20-0, 12) [曹星如] would be returning to the ring on March 11th. At the time no opponent was named but the it was hoped that an announcement would be made a few weeks later.
Today we saw that announcement with Tso's opponent being named as former 2-time world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (13-4-3, 3) [向井 寛史], in what looks like a really good match up and a solid test for both men.
Tso, the star of Hong Kong's boxing scene, is looking to get a world title fight later this year and will know that a win over Mukai could helpo prepare him for some of the skillful fighters at the top of the Super Flyweight division. It would also help increase his profile in Japan, opening up the possibility of a shot at WBO champion Naoya Inoue later in the year.
Mukai is best known for coming having a technical draw with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and a TKO loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in world title bouts. Despite those losses he does hold notable wins over Sonny Boy Jaro, Mark Jon Yap, Konosuke Tomiyama and Inthanon Sithchamuang and is a talented and under-rated fighter who could pose a lot of problems for Tso.
Whilst both men will be looking to move towards a world title fight it is worth noting that they will also be fighting for the WBC Asian Boxing Council, WBO International and WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight titles, with Tso holding the first two of those coming into the bout and Mukai holding the Asia Pacific belt.
(Image courtesy of Mushima Gym)
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