Motown stalwart Bobby Taylor in Rex Tso's corner for Macau fight
Singer who worked with the Jacksons is in the 'Wonder Kid's' corner for his Featherweight Fury bout
Rex Tso Sing-yu will have soul and a bit of rhythm and blues in his corner when he steps into the ring for tonight's undercard for Featherweight Fury.
Bobby Taylor, the Motown artist who helped launch the careers of the Jackson 5, will be with Tso every step of the way, sitting at ringside and accompanying the Hong Kong star for the "Wonder Kid's" latest bout at the CotaiArena.
Taylor, an alternate on the US boxing team for the 1960 Rome Olympics who sparred with Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, knows a champion when he sees one. And the 80-year-old thinks Tso will go a long way.
"He should be the [world] champion. He's dedicated and he's the kind of kid I would like to teach. I just took a liking to the kid, it's as simple as that," said Taylor, who has lived in Hong Kong for the past five years and has watched all of Tso's fights since December 2012.
Tso (12-0-0, 8 KOs) is looking to stretch his unbeaten streak to 13 victories against Thai challenger Ratchasak Kokietgym (22-2-1, 10 KOs).
"I saw [dedication] in his face the first time I saw him [in 2012]. When I first met him, it was just magnifying," he added.
Tso will put his WBC ABCO super flyweight and WBO Asia-Pacific junior bantamweight titles on the line against WBA Asia bantamweight champion Kokietgym, who became Tso's opponent only last week after two previous foes had to withdraw.
"Rex's a professional. It doesn't matter that they are trying to throw a ring at him, just to see what the kid has. He will be alright," said Taylor, who can still "pick and choose" when and where he performs in Hong Kong.
"I've been a singer for 77 years. I've paid my dues."
The Tso camp had a minor scare at the weigh-in yesterday. Tso came in 1.5lbs (0.68 kilos) overweight after thinking he would fight at a catch weight of 117 pounds. Two hours later, he made the weight at exactly 115.
He was given a boost with news that Hall of Fame trainer, Miguel Diaz, the cutman for Manny Pacquiao and formerly Floyd Mayweather Jnr, will work in Tso's corner.
Meanwhile, "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire takes on WBA featherweight world champion Simpiwe "V12" Vetyeka of South Africa in tonight's main event, looking to put the "darkest moments of 2013" behind him.
"I was unbeaten for 12 years and then I had a bad fight against Guillermo Rigondeaux [ in April, 2013] … it wasn't a year to be proud of, so we are going to do something better." said Donaire.