Ho Chi Minh City – Monday, September 3, 2018
In what as seen as a major coup for the sport of Boxing in the country, Vietnam will play host to some of Australia’s best young prospects later this year. Development company Vietnam Sports Platform (VSP) today announced that they will promote an International event in Ho Chi Minh City on November 3rd, pitting promising fighters from Vietnam against top amateurs and pros from down under.
Banned for a number of years after the end of the Vietnam War, and only made legal in recent times, interest in boxing is on a rapid trajectory in this part of Asia. Whilst the sport currently enjoys amateur status, the November 3rd event in HCMC is seen as a forerunner to bigger events in 2019, and a decided step toward professional boxing in the country.
Lim Song from VSP enthused “We are a company dedicated to the development of sports in Vietnam. This is a country of very rich traditions, but it also has an overwhelming presence of youth and optimism, with a love of sports and big events. We are quite excited by the potential of the young boxers here, and we are working hard to give them every opportunity to succeed both locally and abroad”.
The event on November 3rd will take place at the Nguyen Du Stadium in HCMC. It is proposed to be an 8 fight card including two female bouts. Matches will be of various weight classes ranging from Minimum weight through to Super Middleweight, and all fights will be fought under professional rules and the 10 point must scoring system. All fights will be contested over four rounds.
“We have been working overtime with the local Boxing federation (VBF) as well as local HCMC officials to make this event a reality. I am presently negotiating with Australia to ensure that we get top class fighters and I am confident that I will have some big news to share on that front in the coming days. VSP is also building a world class boxing facility here with the help of the Vietnam Boxing Federation. We will conduct a press conference in the coming weeks once to make an announcement regarding the opening date, but we expect it will be around November also. There are certainly very exciting times ahead, and we see a big future for the sport of Boxing here in Vietnam”
‘Victory 8’ will go down at the Nguyen Du Stadium HCMC Vietnam on November 3rd 2018.
Farouk will compete at the upcoming KBX Fight Evolution 8 and is aiming for a regional title by 2019
Singapore, 11th April 2018 – Following his impressive exploits in the boxing ring, local boxer Hamzah Farouk has been snapped up by Golden Glove Asia Promotions (GGAP) – the promotional arm of The Ring Boxing Community – on a two-year deal.
The two-deal will see GGAP manage the 29-year-old’s professional boxing career through offering him multiple opportunities to compete, with the aim of setting up a chance for Farouk to challenge and secure a regional championship title by 2019.
First up for Farouk, who also coaches at The Ring Boxing Community, is a match at Fight Evolution 8 on 5 May, where he has a chance to stretch his winning streak to 5 successive professional fights. Thereafter, the undefeated fighter will once again step into the boxing ring to compete at The Ring Fighting Championship IV, GGAP’s premium pro-am boxing event, happening on 29 June. The fourth instalment of the event, hosted at The Ring Boxing Community at Kim Yam Road, will see a total of 14 fights on the card, with four professional fights and ten amateur fights, of which, four are amateur title bouts.
On this deal with GGAP, Farouk said: “I’m delighted to take another huge step in my professional boxing career by signing with GGAP. As a coach at The Ring Boxing Community, I’ve seen the efforts by the GGAP team to build up the boxing scene in Singapore, both at an amateur and professional level, and I wholeheartedly believe we’ll be able to achieve great things together.”
Building up the boxing community
Mr. Ruchdi Hajjar, the founder of GGAP, has been monitoring Farouk’s progress since his amateur boxing days when they both trained at the same gym, and has been left in awe of his work ethic and commitment to constantly improving his skill set.
Mr. Hajjar added, “It’s been incredible seeing how far Hamzah has come in his boxing career, and we believe under GGAP, we will be able to work closely with him to take him to the heights we know he can reach. We’ve planned a well-rounded program for Hamzah as part of the two-year deal, which includes more competitions for him to compete in, to get him ready to challenge for a regional title by next year.”
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About Golden Glove Asia Promotions
Golden Glove Asia Promotions is a full-fledged sports promotions and media content company, providing a vibrant and dedicated fight platform for professional and amateur fighters to excel in.
Upcoming and top performing fighters from all around the region will be given the opportunity to fight on a regional and international platform, while amateur fighters from The Ring Fighting Championship and other leagues will be able to kick start their professional career and advance into the professional fight scene.
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BRISBANE (26 September 2017) – World Boxing Organisation (WBO) number six ranked junior middleweight Dennis "Hurricane" Hogan has received support in his bid for a world title shot from Australia’s only current world champion ahead of the WBO eliminator that could decide his future.
WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn says there is no reason Hogan can’t emulate his performance when he ripped the world championship belt from the waist of eight-division world champion and pound-for-pound stalwart Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last July.
“Dennis impresses me with his work ethic and his strength as a boxer,” says Horn, who trains alongside “The Hurricane” at coach Glenn Rushton’s Stretton Boxing Club.
“He can definitely emulate what I have done, being ranked number six himself.
“Dennis just needs to fight hard and win every round as it goes. Hard work and belief was my key to success.
“It is extremely important to have a strong team behind you who you can trust.”
But first Hogan is going to have to get past world number seven Yuki Nonaka from Japan who he faces in a decider for the number two spot at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane on 14 October.
“Nonaka is a slick, elusive counterpuncher, but I’m used to that style,” says Hogan, who has a professional record of 25-1-1 with 7 knockouts. “I do very well against guys like that so I’m very confident going in.
“As an amateur I was light heavyweight champion of Ireland so I got used to boxing guys taller than me. It’s all about nullifying him, frustrating him, breaking him down and making him do what we want him to do, then we’ll catch him.”
Nonaka comes highly credentialed and is ranked in the top 15 of all four major sanctioning bodies. The Osaka southpaw is undefeated in eight years but he has never fought outside of his native Japan.
“This is one of the biggest sporting events to be held in Australia this year and the second biggest fight behind only Horn and Pacquiao,” says Paul Keegan of DDP Sports Management who are promoting the event.
“We want to bring arena style boxing back to Australia and encourage all sports fans to get along to see what all the hype is all about.
“Dennis is set to be Australia’s next world champ and we want to give Aussie sports fans the chance to see this kid fight live and be part of his journey.”
Hogan says that he has left no stone unturned in his preparation and is looking forward to doing his fans across two countries proud.
“I’ll have youth on my side, I’ll have aggression on my side and I’ll be ready to go all out for the full ten rounds,” says Hogan.
The 32-year-old Hogan moved to Brisbane from Kildare, Ireland seven years ago to pursue a professional boxing career when the Irish economy was tanking due to the fallout from the global financial crisis.
DENNIS HOGAN QUOTES
On training at the Stretton Boxing Club: “We know all the ingredients are there, it’s just about doing everything that we need to do. The gym is structured really well, it’s a really good set-up. You manage to get all the stuff done in a good way and it’s actually enjoyable going up there to train, even though it’s tough work. You can go years smashing out sessions and you very rarely get to see things changing because of the intense nature of the work. But when you get to see big changes on a regular basis and stuff that really works to your advantage when you’re in the ring, you start to realise this stuff is working. It gives you a lot of confidence and more motivation to come back and do it all again.”
On his fight with Jack Culcay for the WBA world title: “I learned a lot about what happens when you’re the away fighter. And what that means is that you can’t leave anything to chance. You have to make sure every little thing is spot on. Even if you’re winning the rounds you can’t relax for a second, you’ve got to stay on for the whole lot and you can’t even give those guys an inch. I used to give people an inch and now I’m working on not giving them nothing. That fact that I’ve been there and done that, now I know I can be there and win that.”
On his Australian and Irish supporter base: “In this fight I’m going to make a statement. And after this people are going to know we mean business. After this I look forward to gaining more momentum with the crowd and hopefully getting more Queenslanders and Aussies behind me, along with the Irish. I have great support from the Irish community here and just want everyone to come together and support me, together we can make it work. I will be the world champion and with the support of those people, it’s only going to help.”
On the keys to success: “If you believe in yourself and keep pushing yourself to keep going, good things will come to you. I really believe that. There were days when you didn’t know whether you were national level, regional level or world level. It seems like it’s so far away, the goal of being world champion. But I kept saying to myself ‘I’m going to be world champion and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get there’. And I showed up every day and put in the work and here I am. I’m on the cusp of it now, I’ve already had a world title fight, I’m close to having one again and I’m here to put it right.”
On a world title shot in Australia: “If we can bring that a world title fight here and in some way replicate the atmosphere and the crowd that Jeff Horn had for his fight with Manny Pacquiao, it would just be phenomenal. It would be phenomenal for me, it would be phenomenal for the fans, and it would phenomenal for the country. It would really bring big time boxing back here. I know it was a dream of Jeff’s before, a dream of Glenn’s, and I want to be a part of that too. That’s another goal of mine too, to make that happen. I’m under no illusion that I have to put in a big performance here if I want to get the support needed to bring a world title fight to Brisbane.”
On moving to Australia: “I boxed on the Ireland amateur team for a few years and travelled the world with them. We came through Brisbane and I met a guy here who had a professional set up and stuff, so three years after that I was starting to think about going pro. Back then I had a bit of an offer from Boston and I had an offer from here. I remembered being here and it was beautiful and I had a cousin living here as well. I thought about the beautiful weather, the beautiful people here, and I just said ‘you know what, I’ll go back there and try that’. I thought it might only be for a year or something, but I just loved it here, I just loved it here and decided to stay. And even when I have had training camps and in Miami and Florida I kept coming back because I love it here.”
(Image courtesy of DDP Sports Management)
Birmingham ace meets unbeaten Japanese mandatory on October 28
Kal Yafai will defend his WBA World Super-Flyweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Sho Ishida at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Yafai puts his strap on the line for the second time having successfully seen off tough Japanese challenger Suguru Muranaka in Birmingham in May and it’s another test from the land of the rising sun that Yafai faces in Wales.
Ishida brings a 24-0 record into his first World title fight, and the 26 year old will ask new questions of the champion standing four inches taller than Yafai at 5ft 8in.
The former GB star has no doubts that he will keep the title he won against Luis Concepcion in December in style, and is ready to dazzle on the big stage.
“It should be a great fight,” said Yafai. “We’re both undefeated and it looks an interesting one but it’s a fight I’m 100 per cent fully expecting to win and win in style.
“We started camp about four weeks ago but I’ve been ticking over before that. We’ve been building up slowly but now we’re stepping up the intensity.
“I’ve found some good videos of him and I’ve watched a couple of his fights already but over the next eight weeks, I’ll be studying them in more detail with my team.
“He looks pretty tall. I think that’s his biggest attribute going for him. He’s busy with his jab and he seems comfortable on the back foot. We’ll see on October 28 if he does anything else but if he plans on using just his height and jab it won’t be enough to beat someone like me.
“It will be the biggest crowd he’s boxed in front of, outside of Japan for the first time and in his first twelve rounder as well. But travelling away effects fighters in different ways. Just look at my last opponent, it was his first time outside of Japan and he loved it. He didn’t stop smiling.
“The win over Muranaka was good at times. There were things in the fight I didn’t do too well, which we’ve been working on. But that aside, we got the rounds in at a very high pace. The guy was tough, he took everything and fired back himself.”
The Super-Flyweight division takes centre-stage on Saturday night in California when Srisaket Sor Rungvisai meets Roman Gonzalez in a rematch for the WBA title and Naoya Inoue defends the WBO crown against Antonio Neves plus a WBC eliminator between Carlos Cuadras and Juan Estrada – and Yafai will be glued to Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday morning to watch the men – and titles – he wants to grab with both hands next year.
“I’m looking to box off my mandatory and then get in that mix,” said Yafai. “If we can bring one of those guys over to the U.K it would be great. I’m sure they see how boxing is booming over here. It’s a thriving division.
“I’ve got Gonzalez winning on points. I thought he nicked the first fight by a round or two, but I think it’ll be quite convincing this time.
“Inoue will win inside six rounds against Nieves. I don’t think that’s much of a test for him in all honesty. The Estrada vs. Cuadras fight is very interesting, I think Estrada might just edge that.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “This is a great fight and the toughest of Kal's career to date. Ishida is highly rated and looking to follow his countryman Inoue to the World title. It's an incredible time for the division and these little men are becoming real stars of the sport – a win in Cardiff for Kal and its unification time in 2018.”
Yafai’s clash with Ishida is the first fight to be added to the undercard of Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua MBE’s World title defence against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
An announcement on ticket prices and on-sale dates will be made soon.
(Press release courtesy of Matchroom Sports)
"Undefeated Indonesian boxer Tibo Monabesa (14-0-1) will take on his toughest test to date when he faces Rene Patilano (15-2-3) of the Philippines on January 21st. The bout will be held at Cendrawasih Sports Hall in Jakarta.
The pair will clash over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC light flyweight International Silver title with the winner vying for a place in the top ten of the WBC rankings. Monabesa is currently rated 22nd and Patilano 24th in the world.
After cementing his dominance in the domestic scene, Monabesa is facing an international opponent in his third consecutive bout. The southpaw counter puncher is coming off a win over another Filipino, Joel Taduran. Monabesa stopped Taduran in the 6th round of their non-title clash in September.
The 26-year-old Monabesa is aiming for a big 2017. His manager Armin Tan has set his charge a goal of reaching a world title this year.
The 25-year-old Patilano has only lost once since 2012. That blemish came on the road against Kosei Tanaka, the current WBO light flyweight world champion.
"This is an intriguing fight between two very skilled boxers at the peak of their careers. It is a tough test for Monabesa but one he will have to pass in order to show that he is ready for a world title bout. We would like to thank the WBC for this opportunity," matchmaker Mikko Marttinen said.
Indonesian prospects John Ruba and Defry Palulu will be featured on the undercard in separate bouts."
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