Chinese Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso (right) fights against Kohei Kono of Japan during the Clash of Champions 3 in Hong Kong on Oct 7, 2017. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
HONG KONG - Chinese Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso took his 22 straight wins after beating Japan's Kohei Kono in a super flyweight boxing match of the Clash of Champions 3 in Hong Kong on Saturday.
The fight took an unexpected turn in Round 2 after an accidental headbutt between the two as the clash left Tso with a big bump on the left side of his forehead.
Tso, who was hardly able to open his left eye, kept on fighting until the seventh round as the judges stopped the fight to declare that he became the winner on points.
"I did what my coach had told me and kept the distance with my opponent. The strategy worked well, which won me many points tonight," said Tso, who already set his sight on the fight with Japan's "Monster" Noaya Inoue for the WBO super flyweight title.
Kono was Tso's third Japanese opponent in a row, following victories over Hirofumi Mukai in March and Ryuto Maekawa last October.