Rex Tso faces Thailand's Ratchasak Kokietgym in second change to Macau card

Thai fighter is the third name lined up to face the Hong Kong star at Featherweight Fury

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 12:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 12:51am

Hong Kong "Wonder Kid" Rex Tso Sing-yu will fight a different foe at this weekend's Featherweight Fury in Macau - the second time in two weeks his opponent has changed.

The unbeaten 26-year-old was getting ready to fight Thai southpaw Tiger Tor Buamas (17-1, 12 KO), a replacement for Japanese boxer Atsushi Kakutani (14-4-1, 7 KOs), who sustained a broken wrist in training recently.

But the musical chairs continued when Tso was told Buamas won't make it owing to a boxing commission licensing issue and had been replaced by another Thai, WBA Asia bantamweight champion Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-2-1, 10 KOs).

It's clearly frustrating that I have to fight a different opponent again, but I'm still happy that I will fight in Macau
Rex Tso

It is understood Buamas failed a medical examination by the World Boxing Organisation and the China Professional Boxing Organisation with a source saying Buamas had tested positive for Hepatitis B, which puts him on the no-fight list.

Ratchasak should still offer stern resistance for Tso. The 22-year-old Thai has fought in 13 more professional bouts than the Wonder Kid.

The 10-round title bout will be fought at a catch weight of 117 pounds and will be for Tso's WBC ABCO super flyweight and WBO Asia-Pacific junior bantamweight titles.

The latest change has frustrated Tso but Hong Kong's first professional fighter says he will be ready.

"It's clearly frustrating that I have to fight a different opponent again, but I'm still happy that I will fight in Macau. I have just finished my six-week training stint in the Philippines and I am as ready as I will ever be," said Tso (12-0-0, 8 KOs), who is hoping to extend his unbeaten streak to 13 wins in Macau.

"I have done most of my training fighting an orthodox [right-handed] fighter when I was getting ready to fight Kakutani. I have done all the hard work. Everything has gone well with my training," he said.

Tso's trainer, Jay Lau Chi-yuen, said his protégé would be "totally ready" despite the latest scheduling setback.

"We didn't want the Macau fight to be scrapped altogether because Rex has done all the training. It's hard to find a suitable opponent for Rex but we have found a worthy opponent, who definitely throws more punches than Tiger [Buamas]. Ratchasak comes from the same gym in Bangkok as many good fighters from Thailand," said Lau.