Rex Tso reveals future plans: Continue boxing after Olympic mission 

The boxer from Hong Kong is committed to the sport – regardless of what happens in his Olympic mission

By Ed Knowles
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Rex Tso Sing-yu knows exactly what he wants.

The boxer representing Hong Kong China wants to make it to Tokyo 2020.

He went unbeaten in his professional career and once was the WBO (World Boxing Organisation) number one in the super flyweight rankings.

He switched to the amateur ranks in 2018 hoping to go to the Olympics.

But what if it doesn't work out?

"I’m not going to quit. I’m going to keep going." - Boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu on amateur career

“Right now, I am focused on achieving my goal and that is to qualify for the Tokyo Games. I need to maintain my fitness and improve my technique and footwork,” he said to the South China Morning Post.

Tso's aim is to become the first boxer since Law Hon-park and Lee Kam at Tokyo 1964 to represent the former British colony at the Olympics.

But with gyms closed and training difficult, his dream is now even more difficult to achieve.

“I used to train in several gyms in Central such as Southpaw gym and I am also a partner in another gym in Tai Koo called RCT [RCT Boxing & Fitness Gym], but all the gyms have been closed because of the pandemic,” he said.

Tso's chances for qualification were put under threat after he lost the Olympic box-off to Danial Shahbakhsh of Iran at the Asia-Oceania qualifiers in Amman, Jordan, in March 2020.

There is a potential second chance to qualify in June 2021 at the World Olympic Qualification Event in Paris.

“It was difficult to adapt to the amateur way of fighting after boxing as a pro [for years]. Opponents don’t fight toe-to-toe in the amateur ranks. I’ve had no competition since last March and I’m not happy about it. I was feeling down last year but things are looking brighter for me,” he said.

And if he doesn’t qualify for the Olympics?

“I’m not going to quit. I’m going to keep going. I will still continue to train and box and I plan to take part in other [amateur] events, such as the world championships in future.”