‘Diet of a goat’ sees Hong Kong superstar Rex Tso shed pounds to make weigh-in for Clash of Champions 3

Growing a goatee beard for the first time, the city’s unbeaten boxer is spot on to make weight on Friday for his highly anticipated showdown against Kohei Kono

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 5:37pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 October, 2017, 11:16am

Hong Kong unbeaten boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu has been calling himself a “goat” these days as his highly anticipated showdown with Japanese star, Kohei Kono, draws nearer.

But this “goat” – not the acronym for “greatest of all time” but as in farm animal – will be spot on for Friday’s official weigh-in for “Clash of Champions 3” at the Olympian City with his trainer, Jay Lau Chi-yuen, saying his protégé was looking “very sharp” for his 22nd fight as a professional.

“He has only one and a half pounds to go to make weight and he’s looking very sharp,” said Lau, who was excited that fans will see Tso at his fittest yet for Saturday’s bout.

Growing a “goatee” beard for the first time, Tso is calling himself a goat to draw attention to the fact that he’s turned vegetarian for the past few weeks to make the 115-pound weight limit for the super flyweight contest over 12 rounds. At stake is Tso’s unbeaten record and also the WBO international belt, which the “Wonder Kid” holds.

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“I’ve been on a vegetarian diet over the past few weeks. No meat, and just light salad. I feel like I’m eating grass all day but I can’t really complain. I feel good and I’m very confident of making weight on Friday,” said the 30-year-old “Wonder Kid” who is 21-0-0 with 13 knockouts and has lost about six pounds in the last four days.

In the past, Tso has struggled to make the 115-pound limit because he’s unusually tall for a super flyweight at 1.72m height and he has had to rely on his experience to pull him through.

At his last fight against Hirofumi Mukai in March, which Tso won in an eighth-round knockout, the Hong Kong phenom had to lose 0.2 pounds two hours before the weigh-in.

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He also once came in two pounds over the limit at weigh-in time when he was led to believe that he was fighting a Thai opponent at a catch weight of 117 pounds. Tso won that 2014 fight against Ratchasak Kokietgym after surviving two knockdowns.

And in previous fights, he had to endure cramps the night before the weigh-in and barely squeaked through but Tso is confident he won’t encounter any problems this time around.

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“Making weight for a fight is part and parcel of boxing. Apart from the training we have to go through, making weight is something we all have to do. It’s been hard for me in the past but I’ll be OK this time,” he said.

Tso had said earlier in the week that he was going to go into the fight in “great shape” having trained the past two months injury-free.

“All my injuries from the past have recovered and I was able to push myself a little harder. [Strength and conditioning coach] Ross [Eathorne] seems to think I have improved my fitness and conditioning from last time. We’ll see,” said Tso.

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Meanwhile, “Tough Boy” Kono (33-10-1, 14 KOs) arrived in the city on Thursday, ready to do battle. Kono arrived on Thursday afternoon and has settled into his hotel.

Also arriving was Japanese unbeaten super bantamweight Ayumi Goto, who trains at the same gym as Kono at the Watanabe gym in Tokyo. She will be on the undercard of “Clash of Champions 3” taking on India’s Kirti Singh.