Vietnam's favourite boxing child Dat Nguyen (17-3, 6) is one of our favourite fighters due to his toughness, energy and general warrior mentality. Even in bouts he's supposed to lose Dat puts it on the line and goes hell for leather in an attempt to score the victory.
In recent fights against Luis Orlando Del Valle and Jayson Velez we've seen Nguyen give it his all but fall short in really entertaining bouts that were much more competitive than the official scorecards suggested.
Nguyen will need to show his toughness and skills once again on April 12th as he returns to the ring for the first time this year to take on destructive Mexican youngster Oscar Valdez (9-0, 9).
Valdez will be the one taking a huge step up in class to fight Nguyen though will be heavily favoured to win.
Part of the reason why Nguyen will be the under-dog against Valdez is obvious Valdez's record. Although Valdez has been fighting weak opponents he is skilled and powerful and he could easily have gone 9-0 (9) against a better class of foe. Secondly Valdez was a top Mexican amateur who went to the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as well as various other international competitions.
Despite the imposing reputation of Valdez we know that Nguyen will do his absolute best to put on a show and win or lose we'll enjoy watching him as we always do.
For those wondering about how to watch the bout, it will be streamed on Top Rank TV as part of the Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley II undercard. It may be an under-card bout but it'll be a treat for those tuning in to watch it or making their way to the venue earlier.
(Image courtesy of boxrec.com)
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