Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set to return to the ring at “Battle of Victors” on Saturday 8 October, to undefeated Japanese fighter Ryuto Maekawa (11–0–1) for the vacant WBO International Junior Bantamweight (115 lbs) title.
Battle of Victors will be the Saturday evening entertainment for the inaugural FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix event in Hong Kong.
Rex Tso has racked up an impressive 19 wins in his young career, the most recent a resounding victory against top Korean Young Gil Bae on 14 May.
Maekawa, rated #2 in Asia by the WBO Asia Pacific, is a highly regarded fighter from the fabled Watanabe Gym stable and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who has 13 successful world title defenses to his name. He is coming off a stunning first round KO victory in March against Bimbo Nacionales. Maekawa is known for his counterpunching and speed.
Co-promoted by top Hong Kong boxing promoter DEF Promotions and world-leading boxing promoter Top Rank, Battle of Victors is sponsored in part by Formula Electric Racing Hong Kong Limited, and will be one of the highlights of the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix weekend (8-9 October).
The eight scheduled bouts will see fighters from Australia, Japan, the UK, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau on the fight card. Battle of Victors is set to be biggest professional boxing event in Hong Kong history.
Also on the card are Rex Tso’s stablemate Raymond Poon, “The Macau Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK, who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury.
Tso will soon make camp in Cebu, where he will train with world-class sparring partners including several boxers rated #1 in the Philippines like Marlon Tapales, who captured the WBO World Bantamweight (118 lb) title just last week.
Top Rank is working with DEF Promotions to organise its second-ever event in Hong Kong, with Battle of Victors marking Top Rank-signed boxer Rex Tso’s milestone 20th professional bout.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said he was very pleased to see Rex Tso emerge as a big star in this part of the world.
“Rex is world-rated and we expect to see Rex continue to succeed and impress in the ring and to become one of the big stars in Asia.”