Fight Night

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

ast year was a great one for fight fans. There was the long-awaited box­ing show­down be­tween Manny Pac­quiao and Floyd May­weather Jr, while in the UFC, we were treated to three sen­sa­tional bouts. Ban­tamweight cham­pion Ronda Rousey took down Brazil­ian Bethe Cor­reia in stun­ning form, then lost to Holly Holm in equally jaw­drop­ping style. In men’s com­pe­ti­tion, Brazil­ian feath­er­weight cham­pion José Aldo—un­beaten in 10 years—lost his ti­tle to Conor Mcgre­gor in a dev­as­tat­ing, record-break­ing 13-sec­ond fight, which the Ir­ish­man eerily pre­dicted in de­tail.

All th­ese bouts have set us up nicely (and given us a dose of blood­lust, per­haps) for next month, when two of Hong Kong so­ci­ety’s tough guys step into the ring in the name of char­ity. Nis­sim Tse—hus­band, fa­ther, hedge fun­der and life­long mar­tial artist—will face fel­low 50-some­thing and for­mer UK kick­box­ing cham­pion Tony Trim­ble in a box­ing match that will prove age ain’t nothin’ but a num­ber. Ironman ath­lete Alan Chan has also gamely put on the gloves for his first-ever box­ing match, against an­other new­bie, Char­lie Tem­ple.

Why have Nis­sim and Alan de­cided to take up this po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous pur­suit? It’s all in aid of Marie-christine Lee’s char­ity, the Sports for Hope Foun­da­tion, which she founded in 2011 to sup­port young Hong Kong ath­letes with the train­ing and ser­vices they need to reach the top of their fields. We cov­ered Marie-christine’s or­gan­i­sa­tion when it was founded five years ago, and we are de­lighted to de­liver this pre-fight re­port to help raise aware­ness of her Fe­bru­ary 20 event, Phe­nom­e­nal: A Night to Fight For. Find out more in The Fi­nal Count­down on page 168.

We take you from sweat-stained machismo to the op­po­site end of the spec­trum through our an­nual spe­cial, Asia’s Most Stylish, in which we fea­ture the re­gion’s hottest fash­ion­istas as they show­case their sig­na­ture looks. This year, we flew to each of our mar­kets in Asia to cap­ture strik­ing por­traits of each woman in her lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. Hong Kong is rep­re­sented by Clau­dia Shaw, who—as some of you wit­nessed— picked up her award at last year’s Tatler Ball in a nod that was long over­due. With her Eurasian beauty and ef­fort­less el­e­gance, Clau­dia has long been one of Asia’s most stun­ning women and we were thrilled to have her back on our cover this month. For more ar­rest­ing im­ages of Clau­dia and the other style mavens of Asia, see the full fea­ture on page 146.

—Sean Fitz­patrick

Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer

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