HCMC Vietnam Jan 6, 2020
Unbeaten Victory 8 champion Nguyen Van Duong consolidated his vast potential in 2019 with some great performances. After winning the National Championships mid year, the Vietnam prodigy was thrown straight into some very deep waters at Victory 8 Hanoi. Here he was pitted against the unbeaten Jenel Lausa, a man that was finding it difficult to get matched in his own country because of his 10 and 0 record, with 7 ending in violent KO. The Philippines’ strong man, ominously named The Demolition Man, was also a UFC winner. Nguyen Van Duong, despite having no pro experience and being significantly outweighed, put on an outstanding boxing display to outpoint his crazy power opponent.
The VSP Boxing trained fighter was then tasked with going back to amateur format, where he competed in his first international tournament, securing a silver medal at the SEA Games. It was a great event for Nguyen Van Duong, scoring devastating victories in the qualifying rounds en route to the final. His minor blemish of only failing at the final hurdle still earned him great kudos, considering his freakish Thai opponent had won an unprecedented 4 consecutive gold medals, and who had also placed silver at the World Championships.
Nguyen Van Duong was scheduled to compete in a professional bout in Korea on Jan 18. After losing his original two opponents to "injury", he was then matched with an unbeaten fighter boasting 4 emphatic wins. Whilst fighting a young and unbeaten prospect in their home country is always a daunting task, Nguyen Van Duong immediately accepted the challenge! After deliberation, the Koreans then came back and asked if the bout can be an exhibition, as they did not want to risk the chance of loss on their fighter's record. VSP Boxing declined the request on behalf of their Vietnam star, which culminated in the Korean team withdrawing from the bout. This is sadly not an unfamiliar tale in the sport of boxing, where records are padded and there is no shortage of talking the talk, but a shameful shortage of walking the walk!
The Korean promoter has subsequently confirmed that they cannot find any boxer in Korea willing to challenge Nguyen Van Duong!
A winner even before the fight begins, expect to see the legend and legacy of Nguyen Van Duong to continue to grow in 2020. He will now make his eagerly awaited professional debut in HCMC in April against a high talent international fighter – NOT FROM KOREA!
*story sourced from Victory 8 Boxing.
HCMC Vietnam Nov 29, 2019
VSP Boxing have revealed that they have ambitious plans for Vietnam star Nguyen Van Duong in 2020. Just this year, the boxing management company created a five star gym in District 1 HCMC, and also made the marquee signing of the talented Hanoi fighter with the intentions of turning him pro. VSP Boxing has revealed they are in discussions with Korean promoters to unveil Duong as early as this coming January.
"Nguyen Van Duong is a major talent, and we predict that he will transition perfectly to the pro ranks. He had a superb performance against an absolute killer in Jenel Lausa at Victory 8, and it really showed what he is capable of. We rate Lausa highly - he is unbeaten in 10 fights as a pro, and is a last start titleholder." a spokesman for VSP Boxing said. Victory 8 Legends of Hoan Kiem was the biggest boxing event in the history of Vietnam, attracting a crowd of 25,000 people, and was watched by millions more online and on television. Nguyen Van Duong fought as main the undercard to the WBA Asia title match which was won by his Vietnamese compatriot “The King”Truong Dinh Hoang. So impressive was Nguyen Van Duong in his unexpected win, that he was immediately the subject of talks by overseas promoters.
"Duong now has the very hard task of converting back to amateur style for the SEA games in December, but he is training well, so should do just fine. However, professional fighting is where his future lies, and we will have news in the coming days to announce that his date with destiny maybe as soon as January in Korea.
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