As fight fans we can all get excited about match ups where the styles of the two men involved are almost certainly going to provide a war, and with that in mind we want to tell every fight fan to mark October 7th on their calendar. That's because it'll be the date that we finally see former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13) [河野 公平] face off with rising Hong Kong star Rex Tso (21-0, 13) [曹星如], around 2 years after the bout was first being spoken about in the Chinese press.
The bout, which will take place in Hong Kong, will be a huge step up in class for the action based Tso, and is likely to be his final bout before getting a world title fight either at the end of 2017 or in early 2018. It is however no foregone conclusion and Kono will be viewing the bout as a chance to resurrect his faltering career, following losses to Luis Concepcion and Naoya Inoue.
Fans who have seen the two men in action will know what to expect when these two get in the ring. For those unfamiliar with the two fighters however the bout really could be something very special. Tso has made everything exciting and carries the hopes of Hong Kong on his shoulders. So far he's carried those hopes in a fashion which has been nothing short of thrilling with FOTY contenders coming on a regular basis against the likes of Rusalee Samor, Mako Matsuyama - stablemate of Kono's, Michael Enriquez, Ryuto Maekawa and Hirofumi Mukai. In many ways Tso is the most TV friendly fighter in Asia and were he a few weight classes bigger and fighting in the US he'd be having a reputation as a bit of an Arturo Gatti style fighter.
Kono on the other hand is a tough as old boots veteran who's only stoppage loss came at the end of 2016 against Inoue, prior to that he had been in some thrillers himself and had proven to be a flawed action warrior, as bouts against the likes of Nobuo Nashiro, Liborio Solis and Koki Kameda showed. He's a man who has always been a bit slow, and who had flaws top fighters could exploit, but by that same token he doesn't understand the word quit and comes to put on a show every time he's in the ring, with a real fighters mentality.
At the moment it's unclear what the under-card for the bout will be, but it's clear that DEF HK and Watanabe are continuing their working relationship here, and it's certainly not a bad thing if we get fights like this being made!
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