7th October, 2017

In October 2017, DEF Promotions held Clash of Champions 3. The fight was an incredible success, requiring only three days to achieve a complete sellout of 8000 seats. This was by far the biggest boxing event ever in Hong Kong, with ringside tickets selling for well over USD$1,000, and generated a total revenue of over USD$1.5 million. Celebrities including Chan Chi-Wan, Cheung Tat-Ming, and politicians including Mrs. Regina Ip were also in attendance for the fight. This 8-bout event featured boxers from 10 different countries: Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Nepal, Philippines, and the Netherlands, once again showing DEF Promotions’ willingness to work with fighters from all over the world. With three major cards—including the main event—featuring Japanese boxers, plenty of Japanese boxing fans, as well as Japanese media organisations were in attendance.

Clash of Champions III was spearheaded by Hong Kong’s very own Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (21-0-0) defeated the Japanese former WBA World Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (33-10-1) in an epic seven round technical decision for the WBO International Super Flyweight.

Japanese phenoms Takuya Watanabe and Ayumi Goto made their coveted return to Hong Kong. Watanabe (32-7-1) was able to impress the crowd with a fifth round technical knockout over Leshan Li (13-2-1) to win the WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title; and Goto (7-0-0) defeated Kirti (3-0-0) to win the WBO Asia Pacific Female Super Bantamweight Title.

Additionally, the fight cards also featured up-and-coming local boxers such as Raymond Poon (3-1-0) as well as Nibesh Ghale (0-1-0).