Rex Tso Sing-yu underlined his growing reputation as a potential world champion, scoring a devastating fourth-round TKO over one of Thailand's legendary fighters last night.
Defending brilliantly and punching with a lot more power and finesse, the 25-year-old Hong Kong "wonderkid" stretched his unbeaten record to nine straight victories as he recorded his biggest victory to date on the "Night of Champions" at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.
Wandee Singwancha, a two-time WBC world champion, was supposed to have given Tso an acid test, but it was clear who would emerge victorious from the opening bell as Tso successfully defended his WBC AMCO Asia Continental super flyweight title.
Tso floored the 33-year-old Wandee within seconds of the scheduled 12-round bout, and the Hong Kong fighter then never looked back.
Mid-way through the fourth round, Tso scored a left hook, a glancing right and then an uppercut before Wandee ran to a corner, clutching his left shoulder.
Wandee had dislocated his shoulder and could not continue, ending the exciting contest to the cheers of the near capacity crowd of 1,700.
"I was confident I was going to win the fight from the opening bell. I hit him with a nice left hook from the start. My defence has definitely improved. I never expected to win within four rounds. I was thinking eight rounds or more. But this is a great result for me," said Tso, who has now recorded six KOs.
"I knew Wandee's fearsome reputation. He was a two-time world champion and although he's past his prime, he's still a dangerous fighter. I could match him from the beginning and I was confident about myself.
"I knew I would win," said the Hong Kong fighter who was hardly hit.
Wandee's latest loss meant he dropped his record to 67-17-1. Next up for Tso is a possible title fight for the WBC Asia championship in Bangkok in November and the Hong Kong hero promised he would be ready.
"I'll train hard for the fight. I'll improve even more between now and November," he said confidently.
It was also a victorious night for Chu Sin-po, Tso's stablemate and friend, after he made a winning professional debut, defeating Kong Kiatpracha of Thailand on points in a four-round bantamweight contest.
Chu, who is affectionately known as A.O. and represents DEF Boxing, gained a huge morale boost coming off an awful amateur record of nine losses against one win.
Since turning pro about three months ago, Chu has shown massive improvement.
"Training with Rex was the real motivating factor for me. I'm a different fighter from my amateur days," said Chu.
Meanwhile, Filipino fighter Edgar Gabejan fought back from a knockdown to defeat Ugandan Omondi Festus in a featherweight contest. Gabejan was knocked to the canvas within seconds of the start, but eventually won by a split decision.
Japan's Momo Koseki made a successful 11th defence of her WBC women's atomweight world title, defeating South Korean Huh Eun-young by TKO, while Ekapol Singwancha of Thailand knocked out Filipino Mike Tumbaga to win the vacant WBC Asia Boxing Council light welterweight title.