Hong Kong star Rex Tso Sing-yu is eager to display his new-found punching power at this month’s Victory at the Venetian in Macau and keep alive his dream of one day winning a world title. Tso, who turns 28 this month, is convinced he has built more power and stamina over the past three months working under new strength and conditioning coach Ross Eathorne, who is getting the “Wonder Kid” in shape for his latest bout at the Venetian Macao Cotai Arena on July 18. Add two world-rated sparring partners from the Philippines in the mix and Tso will have one of his best fight preparations as Hong Kong’s only professional boxer aims to stretch his unbeaten record to 17 wins. No doubt, working with Ross has added a new dimension to my boxing. My form has steadily improved Rex Tso Rey Megrino, a super flyweight who was ranked ninth by the World Boxing Council (WBC) this year, and super lightweight Jay Solmiano have put Tso through his paces since the training camp began in March. “No doubt, working with Ross has added a new dimension to my boxing. My form has steadily improved. My stance and balance and even my posture have improved,” said Tso, who is 16-0-0 with nine KOs. “I am doing all my training here [in Hong Kong] and it’s been good. My meals are prepared by my wife and I have all the support I need, including a nutritionist and a physio, so I’m taken care of,” said the southpaw. Tso will have a chance to test his mettle against Thailand’s Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth on the undercard. The 34-year-old Thai (21-11-1) is likely to provide cannon fodder. The bout is an eight-rounder at a catch weight of 117 pounds. It is understood South Africa’s former International Boxing Federation champion Zolani Tete was considered for Macau but the Tso camp opted for the Thai as fellow southpaw Tete had given too short a notice of his 8intentions to fight in May. “My Thai opponent’s ring record doesn’t appear very good on paper but I have to respect him and Thai fighters are always tough to beat. I am confident of winning,” Tso said. Hong Kong fans will be able to watch Tso in action for a second time inside two months and the first time here in more than two years with the local hero scheduled to fight at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition 8Centre on August 29. “It’s been two long years since I last fought in Hong Kong so this is going to be special for me. “Hopefully, I will get through my fight in Macau without any major problems and that I will be ready for my August fight. I just need to keep myself injury free because I really want to show my new abilities to my fans,” he said. Tso’s head trainer and manager, Jay Lau Chi-yuen, has predicted a knockout victory for his protégé in Macau. “We are excited to see Rex improve a lot during the last couple of months under Ross and the sparring partners he has at his disposal. He has two fights within 42 days of each other. We are working on his jabs so he can put more distance between himself and his opponent and create a clean spot [an opening]. “We think Rex has improved between 10 to 20 per cent in his power, speed, strength and conditioning since working with Ross. We are still keeping our fingers crossed that Rex will earn a world title shot one day,” said Lau. Tso will have to look elsewhere to earn his date with destiny after it was learned that World Boxing Association super flyweight champion Kohei Kono, the Japanese fighter Tso was supposed to fight this month, had 8vacated his title. “It will mean that Rex will have to fight the number one or number two contender first 8before getting his world title shot. It’s more work for him but we have to stay patient. We are are not rushing Rex towards a world title,” said Lau.