Fight of the Year: Hong Kong’s Rex Tso wins another accolade to add to his collection of belts

The ‘Wonder Kid’ is recognised by WBC Asia for his bruising 10-round unanimous decision over young Japanese upstart Ryuto Maekawa last October

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 April, 2017, 4:45pm

Rex Tso Sing-yu’s ever-growing mantlepiece grew bigger after he was awarded “WBC Asia Boxing Council Fight of the Year 2016” for his bruising 10-round unanimous decision victory over young Japanese upstart Ryuto Maekawa last October.

The unbeaten Hong Kong star (21-0-0, 13 KOs) will be presented with the award during the WBC Asia/WBC muay thai press conference and annual award presentation in Bangkok on May 24.

Tso needed to call upon all his experience before overcoming the 20-year-old Japanese before a capacity crowd of 5,000 in the “Battle of Victors” at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

Victory last October stretched Tso’s winning streak to 20 wins at the time but it will probably be remembered for the “Wonder Kid’s” battering of the very game and previously unbeaten Japanese, who suffered a perforated ear drum after the fight.

Maekawa (11-1-1, 7 KOs) was rushed to Adventist Hospital in the early hours of the morning after complaining of feeling unwell. He flew out of Hong Kong the following day feeling appreciatively better and has since made a full recovery.

Japanese fighter Ryuto Maekawa lands in hospital with burst eardrum after pounding by Hong Kong ace Rex Tso

Tso retained his WBC Asia super flyweight title (115 pounds), while also snatching the WBO international junior bantamweight title after defeating Maekawa.

Watch: Rex Tso v Ryuto Maekawa (full fight)

Tso has since stretched his unbeaten streak to 21 fights after defeating another Japanese fighter, Hirofumi Mukai, in an eighth-round knockout at the same venue last month that saw him win three belts on the night.

Tso thanked Asia WBC on his Facebook, saying he appreciated the recognition and was striving to work harder.

Hong Kong fighter Rex Tso extends winning streak to 21 after knocking out Japan’s Hirofumi Mukai

“It’s good news to be recognised for your efforts,” said Tso. “To get Fight of the Year is something I will cherish and it recognises the effort I have been making for years since I turned pro.

“I remember the fight against Maekawa. He gave me a lot of pressure and he was a very game fighter. Luckily I received a lot of support from my fans and made it through. I managed to fight 10 rounds.”

Tso also had double reason to celebrate: his trainer and manager Jay Lau Chi-yuen was selected as “WBC China Zone Promoter of the Year” by the same organisation.

Lau and DEF Promotions will be organising a smaller event on May 13 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s a 14-bout affair with Japanese women’s super bantamweight Ayumi Goto (6-0-0, 4 KOs) highlighting DEF Fight Night 15.