Hong Kong star, Rex Tso, kept his unbeaten record intact, claiming an eighth-round knockout victory over Japan’s Hirofumi Mukai on Saturday.
For Tso, the spoils of war included Mukai’s WBO Asia Pacific title. The fan favourite also retains his WBO international super flyweight title and WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight title.
Tso gave a blistering performance in front of a sell-out crowd, sending Mukai to the canvas twice before stopping his opponent with a vicious left to the body early in the eighth.
“Thank you for calling out my name during the fight. I felt like collapsing during the fight,” said Tso in a post-fight interview. “Thank you, Mukai, for an excellent fight. Please give Mukai a round of applause because he deserved it.”
Tso went on to state he had suffered a temporary loss of hearing, caused by a blow to the head in the second round.
“I could not hear anything in the second round after I got caught by Mukai’s left hook. I could not understand what my coach was saying. Luckily I survived this [loss of hearing].”
In the opening stanza, Mukai made it clear he would be no walk over, using his speed well.
However, halfway through round number two, Mukai was caught with a powerful right hook which sent him crashing to the canvas.
Mukai was able to recover well, and although Tso dominated, Mukai made him work hard.
In the fifth, Mukai would see the canvas for the second time, this time via a brutal body shot.
Finally, in the eighth round, Tso sealed the victory with a crunching left to the body, from which Mukai was unable to recover.