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.
Chief Creative Officer