Southpaw Rex Tso Sing-yu shrugged off a warning from his next opponent that he will be knocked out in this month's Featherweight Fury in Macau, saying he's heard it all before.
The unbeaten 26-year-old Hong Kong star, known as the Wonder Kid, fights Tiger Tor Buamas (17-1-0, 12 KOs) of Thailand on the undercard of the Macau extravaganza at the CotaiArena on May 31. It's Tso's toughest match-up to date and the Thai cranked up the pressure by saying Tso "wouldn't last three rounds" with him.
"Tso hasn't fought a bantamweight coming down from 118 pounds and my heavier punches will land on him. Tso's confidence will shred. I just won my last bout earlier this month [May 2] and I am match fit. I will win within three rounds," said world-rated fighter Buamas confidently in a phone interview.
Tso shrugged off the bold call, saying he has prepared for the super flyweight contest well, despite being forced to change his strategy last week after his original opponent, Japan's Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7 KOs), withdrew because of a broken wrist.
Buamas, 28, is the World Boxing Council ABCO (Asia) bantamweight champion and a former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Oriental bantamweight champion. Tso will be defending the WBO Asia Pacific junior bantamweight title he won in February by defeating Japan's Mako Matsuyama in an eighth-round KO in Ring of Gold.
"All my friends and relatives are worried about me this time because Tiger appears to be the real deal and because they know Tiger is tough," said Tso, who is looking for his 13th straight win as a professional and is training in the Philippines.
"I've told them not to worry about me and that I will be fine. I believe in my ability. Other fighters have made similar [outlandish] claims but I was never knocked out," he said.
Buamas suffered his only loss as a pro in January against the Philippines' Alie Laurel in a stunning fifth-round TKO defeat.
"This is the second time I will be fighting a southpaw. Tiger is shorter than my previous opponent [Japan's Mako Matsuyama] and he's a heavy puncher. Because he's also a southpaw, we will be much closer fighting toe-to-toe.
"I am sparring over 10 rounds three times a week. My weight is now 122. I will bring it down to 115 come fight night. The strategy is to keep my distance from my opponent and use my longer reach. I believe my footwork and speed are better than his."