Rising boxing star Rex Tso hopes to prove worth against in Macau

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 5:24am

Hong Kong's Rex Tso Sing-yu will earn his biggest pay cheque tonight, but it's loose change compared to what China's Zou Shiming will pocket.

Tso fights at the Venetian Cotai Arena for the first time on the undercard and will pick up about HK$105,800, including appearance fees, commission and bonuses.

Zou will take home more than US$300,000 for fighting Mexico's Jesus Ortega. That amounts to U$50,000 a round, and even easier money if he wins by an early knockout.

Tso's trainer and manager, Jay Lau Chi-yuen, said his fighter would prove he is worth much more in the future.

"We were invited here by [promoters] Top Rank and although we are a bit disappointed with the money, it doesn't matter. Top Rank needs to see how good Rex is before we can talk big money," said Lau of Tso's six-round bout. "At the moment, they haven't seen him fight. If Rex wins really well, we are entitled for a bigger purse in future. We have to prove to them he's good and we will do just that."

Zou, who also earned US$300,000 from his first professional fight in Macau in April, weighed in at 111.4 pounds yesterday. Fellow flyweight Ortega was 111.6 pounds.

Super flyweight Tso weighed in at 116.4 pounds, identical to opponent Rusalee Samor, of Thailand.

The expected capacity crowd of 15,000 will also see a battle between two unbeaten heavyweights - American Joe Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs) and Mexico's Andy Ruiz Jnr (19-0, 13 KOs).