Boxing: Hong Kong’s Tso faces Enriquez in ‘Showdown’ undercard
- Updated: March 4, 2015
March 4, 2015: Rex Tso will put his unbeaten record on the line in Saturday’s ‘The Showdown at Sands’ undercard in Macau as the Hong Kong star takes on Filipino Michael Enriquez (10-2-1, 6 KOs) over 10 rounds for the WBA international super flyweight title.
Tso (15-0, 9 KOs) will be a crowd favourite at The Venetian Macao along with headliner Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO), who will challenge Thai Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) for the IBF world flyweight crown in the last of eight bouts at Cotai Arena. (For Zou Shiming interview, visit: sport-asia.com/fighting-talk-zou-absolutely-expecting-to-win-world-title-showdown/)
Tso is currently ranked No. 3 by the WBO, but Enriquez will also go into the fight with confidence high after winning his last fight by beating Michael Estrada within 90 seconds.
Tso, 27, and Zou, 33, feature in two of three title fights on the card, which also includes 25-year-old New Jersey native Glen ‘Jersey Boy’ Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) facing 37-year-old Daniel ‘Awesome’ Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs) of Australia in a 10-round contest for the NABO junior middleweight championship.
Chinese slugger ‘Ik’ Yang Lianhui (18-0-0-1, 13 KOs) will feature in the night’s penultimate fight when the 29-year-old brawler takes on Patomsuk Pathompothong (30-2-1, 18 KOs) of Thailand in a 12-round IBF light welterweight title eliminator. Like Zou and Tso, Yang is a regular contender in Macau, having fought four times previously at the Cotai Arena.
Ng Kuok Kun (6-0, 2 KOs) is another Cotai Arena regular and this time ‘The Macau Kid’ will face Chingchai Kiatpracha (7-2, 3 KOs) of Thailand in the card’s second fight, a six-round super middleweight bout.
Ng, 24, will look for a seventh pro win in his sixth consecutive fight at The Venetian, having won a hard-fought, six-round unanimous decision against Stephen Attard of Australia in his last fight.
China’s Zhou Yunfei, a pro for only 10 months, will open the action at 5.45 as he makes his Cotai Arena debut with a six-round super middleweight bout against Paul Valenzuela, one of three Mexicans on the card.
Mexicans Ismael Garnica (super flyweight) and Jose Felix Jr (lightweight), a former super featherweight interim world title challenger, will face Filipinos Aston Palicte and Raymond Sermona in the third and fourth bouts respectively. Sermona, 29, has 14 knockouts in his 16 fights, including his last six – five of which came in the first round.
The Showdown at Sands is promoted by Top Rank and Sands China in association with Tecate, SECA, Kreerin Promotions, Sampson Boxing and Foreman Boys Promotions.
For fight information, visit: www.toprank.com
Source: The Venetian Macao (www.venetianmacao.com); Editing by SportAsia