HCMC Vietnam June 10, 2020
VSP Boxing gym will be conducting a public workout for many of the Victory 8 fighters and other local talents in Ho Chi Minh City this Saturday. This will be the second such event sponsored by VSP, which attracted an audience of 30,000 viewers in May. VSP Boxing gym has stated plans to hold similar style events monthly, in an effort to create competition for top level boxers as they wait for international travel and boxing events to resume. They forecast that in the future, many of Asia’s top fighters will fly into Vietnam for the quality sparring opportunities. The “open to the public” sparring day has already generated a lot of excitement from fans, and VSP are predicting that the workout will generate over 100,000 views online.
The VSP Boxing "Spar Wars" will start around 2pm Saturday (Vietnam time), and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
VSP Boxing Gym: https://www.facebook.com/VSPBoxing/
Victory 8 Boxing: https://www.facebook.com/victory8boxing/
VICTORY 8 SPARRING FIGHT CARD
Venue: VSP Boxing Gym
Date: Saturday June 13 2020
Time: 10am - 5pm Main sparring from 2pm
Bout 1 - 6 rounds
Olimjon Nazarov (Uzbekistan) 53.5kg pro 25 wins 14 KO versus
Tat Hoang Thanh 53.5kg amateur - two rounds
Luong Nguyen Cong Khai 55kg amateur - two rounds
DJ Duy Duy 57kg pro 3 wins - two rounds
Victory 8 says: Olimjon Nazarov is an extremely talented southpaw and the most experienced pro fighter in Vietnam. He has superb balance, operates off a tight defence, and is great at making angles to create opportunities and make opponents miss. His 14 KO record tells you he has dangerous power. He is getting 6 rounds straight here against three good and very different styled fighters, so it is a good test for him.
Tat Hoang Thanh is shorter and from a lighter weight division. He is a busy fighter with fast hands, and he will need them, because in two rounds, he will have his hands full with Nazarov. He is young and brave, and a very good HCMC boxer that will benefit from this experience. His best attribute is that he does know how to land shots, so Nazarov cannot afford to be lazy with his defence and counter.
Luong Nguyen Cong Khai is a tall and attacking boxer. He has experience in sparring Nazarov, and he will do well in his two round stint. Khai has really good hands and when he has the jab working, it is really good to watch. He will definitely score points on Nazarov, but his weak areas still require work. He often stands too much in front of his opponent, he can stand too tall, and often his lack of head movement sees him get hit and give up points. Khai fought here in May, and he has worked hard to address some of these weaknesses - expect to see a vastly improved fighter against Nazarov.
DJ Duy Duy is 35 years old, has an eccentric style, but has really good boxing instincts that will make these last two rounds interesting. Duy has only recently come back to training, so is only doing two rounds today. But he is a southpaw - and he KNOWS SOUTHPAWS! Duy normally works off a low punch rate and looks to lure opponents into counter punch traps, He is 3 and 0 as a pro - all KOs! Duy is experienced and dangerous, and in spite of how good Nazarov is, DJ Duy will make him work hard these final two rounds. If Nazarov fatigues or clocks off early, watch to see DJ Duy surprise him and land heavy. This will be a great finish to the six rounds.
Bout 2 - 4 rounds
Bui Trong (Thai 55kg amateur Army champion) versus
Tat Hoang Thanh 53.5kg amateur - two rounds
Luong Nguyen Cong Khai 55kg amateur - two rounds
Victory 8 says: Bui Trong Thai is Army champion and a national team member. He has really creative attacking hands, and he knows how to create and maintain pressure. He is a high workrate fighter, and after appearing to tire in his May sparring here, expect to see a vastly improved version today. This guy has claims to being one of Vietnam’s best fighters, especially around the 53kg class. He is slated to appear at Victory 8 against filipino Lorenz Ladrada, an unbeaten pro with 7 wins, and we expect Thai to give him a helluva fight - so the Army boy is quality!
Tat Hoang Thanh comes in for his second stint of two rounds. Expect the action to be fast and furious, with both fighters landing lots of shots. Bui Trong Thai has the slight size and weight advantage. Similar to his opponent, Thanh favours attacking positions and operates off a decent workrate, so in spite of the difference in weight, plenty of fast hands and landed shots by both fighters is likely.
Luong Nguyen Cong Khai comes in for his second appearance. He will do the final two rounds against Thai, and being a little more rested, expect this to be a war! They sparred recently, and Khai did well early but was dismantled as he began to tire. Khai will want to make amends here, and you will see a lot fitter and aggressive version of him here today. These final two rounds will be competitive to say the least, and you are going to see two warriors leaving nothing in the gas tank at the end of this. This will be a torrid 4 rounds for the army champion Bui Trong Thai, and if you haven’t seen him before, expect to walk away impressed by a future star of Vietnam boxing.
Bout 3 - 4 rounds
Nguyen Ngoc Hai 67kg pro 3 wins versus
Adones Cabalquinto (Philippines) 72kg pro 25 wins 16 KO
Victory 8 says: Nguyen Ngoc Hai has had some injuries and absences from the ring, but is a gifted fighter and is now back hard at work. He has an interesting pro record - 3 wins and 3 draws. All the fights were against Koreans, and is unfortunately the case with Korean bouts, the scoring was a disgrace. Hai’s wins were emphatic - 2 KO and the other an absolute bashing of his rival to earn a majority points decision. The three other fights highlight much of what is wrong with boxing today. They appeared to be overwhelming wins but were scored as draws! In effect, Nguyen Ngoc Hai is a pro with a 6 and 0 record! He is an orthodox fighter, can be a bit hot and cold, but is very experienced. Nguyen Ngoc Hai was one of the very first fighters chosen for the inaugural Victory 8 back in 2018, but unfortunately, was a late withdrawal. It is great to see him get his campaign back on the road here against the daunting Adones Cabalquinto.
Adones Cabalquinto is a southpaw beast from the Philippines. He is a pro with an amazing 25 wins, and with 16 KOs, the guy named “the Prince” has some seriously heavy hands. Cabalquinto’s weight class is 67kg welterweight, but he has had some time off, and at present is a solid 72kg, so will be significantly more heavy and powerful than Hai in this spar. Add to that his experience and ring acumen, it makes for a real handful for Nguyen Ngoc Hai here. These two boxers are vastly different in style and dimension, but what is in common is that this bout marks the starting point of a comeback for each of them. Both fighters will use these four rounds to re-establish some timing, get the feel of the ring again, but expect these technicians to land some decent shots also. This will be a really good test for Nguyen Ngoc Hai, who does handle southpaws quite well, and it will give us a good guide as to whether he can be a force in Vietnam boxing once more. The Prince will get a good workout here also, and gives him a chance to dust off some cobwebs, as he eyes off potential fights in 2020.
Bout 4 - 4 rounds
Nguyen Manh Cuong 77kg amateur (national champ, Sea Games medal) versus
Bui Ngoc Phuong 79kg amateur
Victory 8 says: National super middleweight champ Nguyen Manh Cuong is a young and improving fighter. Cuong is tall and rangy, and operates off a conservative yet decent skill set. He isn’t known as a risk taker, but by the same token, he doesn’t offer up easy points either. He sparred at VSP in May, and did well against the King Truong Dinh Hoang, who is the current WBA Asia super middleweight champion. TDH had mentioned often that he regards Nguyen Manh Cuong as an emerging talent for Vietnam. This young fighter just gets bigger and stronger looking every time we see him, and is definitely getting more assertive with his skills. He placed silver at the 2019 SEA Games behind freak pinoy Eumer Felix Marcial, one of the most highly touted potential pros on the planet. Marcial will likely be pro after the Olympics, meaning Nguyen Manh Cuong is a solid favourite at the next Games if he maintains his improvement. How do we nurture and improve a good young talent like Cuong? We throw him talented opponents, in this case, the rugged Bui Ngoc Phuong!
Bui Ngoc Phuong is a shorter stature but heavily built fighter. He is an amateur- but this unheralded guy is very good. He knows how to build and apply pressure, and he will bring it in bucket loads here. He will have zero regard for Nguyen Manh Cuong’s reputation, and he will do his best to keep driving forward while slipping his opponents jabs. This will be an entertaining four rounds, and there will be no love lost here. This should prove to be a great workout for Nguyen Manh Cuong, with the national championships approaching in late July. Phuong will try and bully Cuong, and he will have some good moments, but expect him to tire late as this is his first serious bout of 2020. This guy is one to watch - he will improve A LOT off what you see today.
Bout 5 - 4 rounds
Vu Thanh Dat 63.5kg amateur/pro (national champ, Sea Games medal) versus
Dinh Hong Quan 63.5kg pro 5 wins 2 KO
Victory 8 says: Cold as ice Vu Thanh Dat - no smile, not even a facial expression, goes about his work like a violent sociopath. Dat has won youth titles, national titles, is a SEA Games medallist, and made a pro debut in Korea last year where he scored a round one KO. One of the most balanced and classy fighters in Vietnam, Dat is still young, and his emotionless style means that he rarely loses focus, and knows how to position for the big shots. Vu Thanh Dat has had two solid wins at Victory 8 over very rugged fighters Jino Rodrigo (Philippines) and Emmet Brown (Australia) Both fighters are good pros with a come forward style, and iron chins. To an extent, Dinh Hong Quan has similarities to both those fighters. Vu Thanh Dat is a very economic puncher that maintains a solid defence, and his ring acumen always positions him perfectly to land heavy counter punches. He is one of the most impressive fighters in Vietnam today, and certainly has lots of improvement. He also looks infinitely better suited to the professional arena, where his economy and power is better rewarded.
Dinh Hong Quan is a former youth champion and looks a really good prospect. He has gone pro, and has shown decent improvement at every outing. His last win in Cambodia was no doubt his best to date, the wicked KO victory taking him to 5 wins with 2 KO. His professional weight class is 63.5k, but expect to see a near 70kg version today. Quan is a solid build, and we expect that he will probably transition to 67kg welterweight when he fights in the pros again.
This is a great bout for both boys. Dinh Hong Quan is already a solid pro, but will need this workout today. Vu Thanh Dat will appreciate the strong competition here, but expect him to find accuracy and range as this bout continues, and it’s likely that he will dictate terms today.
Bout 6 - 4 rounds
Nguyen Van Duong 57kg amateur/pro (national champ, Sea Games medal) v
Abdurasul Ismoilov (Uzbekistan) 63.5kg pro 8 wins
Victory 8 says: Nguyen Van Duong is the hottest property in Vietnam boxing. The national champ scored great wins in two Victory 8 events, before gaining silver behind a Thai legend at SEA Games 2019. He parlayed that good performance by going to Jordan and stopping both the Australian champion, and next his SEA Games nemesis, to earn a spot for Tokyo 2021. Nguyen Van Duong is a smart but power laden boxer that LOVES to destroy opponents, and whilst better suited to pro style fighting, he will do great in Tokyo next year. It speaks volumes for the 57kg Viet’s power that he is doing four rounds with a TOP quality 61kg opponent here. And not just any opponent!
Abdurasul Ismoilov from Uzbekistan is just a beautiful boxer to watch. He has superb balance and footwork, really knows how to cut the ring off and limit his opponent’s options, and operates with a really tight defence. He is a southpaw pressure fighter, but he is also GREAT at counterpunch. And he is magnificent on the inside. Ismoilov has a superb pro record of 9 wins, and his experience will be a great leveller for NVD here. The Uzbek boxer is great at changing angles of attack and retreat, so watch for this master to effortlessly go from southpaw to orthodox here, and back again, if it suits his purpose.
Wow - what can you say? This is a dream match up. Nguyen Van Duong is young, heavy handed and super confident and on the rise. And he is much faster! But there isn’t much Ismoilov hasn’t seen, and expect to see Ismoilov make NVD pay if he gets too impatient to earn his shots here, Duong is also slightly more vulnerable to the southpaw stance, so a really good learning spar for him. NVD is a young lion, he is excitement plus - always great to watch! Ismoilov is the perfect foil here as the lion tamer!
Bout 7 - 6 rounds
Nguyen Van Hai 61kg amateur/pro (national champ,SEA Games medal) 4 wins versus
Abdurasul Ismoilov (Uzbekistan) - two rounds
Ravshanbek Shermatov (Uzbekistan) 61kg pro 5 wins 2KO - four rounds
Victory 8 says: Nguyen Van Hai is most likely the best all around fighter in Vietnam. Aside from boxing, he has knowledge in kick, muay thai, mma and other variations of combat sport. At 61kg, he is perhaps one of the physically strongest fighters in the world, and his experience gives him a very relaxed and economic style. He is a multiple national champion, SEA Games medallist, and has won twice at Victory 8. He has a 4 and 0 pro record, and his next outing will be for the WBC Australasian title against the highly rated Francis Chua. Hai is great at evasive movements and ring position, and he is adept at both attack and counter punch disciplines. His task here is tough - 6 rounds in total, both against hired killers from Uzbekistan. He does his first two with Ismoilov, then finishes off with four torrid rounds against the mercurial Ravshanbek Shermatov.
Ismoilov needs no introduction. He will come into this warm, having just finished four rounds with Nguyen van Duong. This will be a great opener for Hai - Ismoilov will be looking to keep his workrate solid to get value from his six rounds, and Hai maybe a little slow to start here. Both these guys sparred previously at VSP sparring day in May, and it was high quality action from both. Expect to see Ismoilov dominate early here, and then Nguyen Van Hai to find the mark later in the second round. A job well done by Ismoilove, he will be happy to pass the baton here to countryman Rav Shermatov.
This will be great!, Ravshanbek Shermatov comes in fresh after Hai has done two hard rounds with Ismoilov. Shermatov is a former Uzbekistan national team member and now a good young pro. He has 5 wins and looks to have plenty more in store. He has a very confronting style - he is a highly aggressive southpaw that closes distance extremely well. Whilst not as experienced as his two Uzbek team mates, he makes up for it with calculated violence which will make this a crazy energy spar. Shermatov has good boxing nous, and his attacking style often has him bending the rules, and strong refereeing will be required in this bout, But it will also be a valuable experience for Hai, who is perhaps not used to the rough house tactics that can be part of pro boxing. Expect Hai to receive some torrid treatment in this bout, and it will be easy for fans to see why Shermatov should earn the monicker “the Terminator” - for sure, he is exciting to watch and anything can happen. Nguyen Van Hai is all class , and strength and power, so expect to see him stay in control late and perhaps give the hot headed young Uzbek some anxious moments of his own!
HCMC Vietnam March 19, 2020
Great breaking news as Australia's Francis Chua agrees to terms with the WBC sanctioning body and Victory 8 to fight Vietnam legend Nguyen Van Hai. The fight to take place in Manila on May 9 will be for the prestigious WBC Australasia lightweight title.
"It’s an exciting time in my career, and I see the Australasian title as a springboard for bigger fights. I don't know anything about my Viet opponent, but I am sure that fighting him in Manila will be easier than fighting him in Vietnam. For sure, I come to win and I expect to win, but will give him the respect that I give all my opponents. I will give the fans a great show." said Chua today. Perth boxer Chua boast an excellent record of 7 wins in 8 fights, his lone loss being a controversial points decision to top flight Australian boxer Kye MacKenzie. Chua had previously upset MacKenzie’s tilt at a world title shot against Vasyl Lomachenko, when he beat the WBO #2 in front of a 40,000 crowd as undercard to a Jeff Horn bout in Brisbane.
This is a huge opportunity for Vietnam and Victory 8 star Nguyen Van Hai, where a win moves the champion boxer into world calculations. The task looms large for what appears to be an overmatched Hai, who currently sits at 3 and 0 in the pro ranks, but he has been a multiple national champion and SEA Games medallist in the amateurs.
Francis Chua is the only man standing in his way.
CHÍNH THỨC - CHUA ĐÃ KÍ HỢP ĐỒNG VỚI WBC !
Một tin rất vui đã đến khi võ sĩ người Úc Francis Chua đồng ý những điều khoảng với WBC và sẽ đối đầu với huyền thoại Việt Nam Nguyễn Văn Hải tại Victory 8. Trận đấu sẽ diễn ra tại Manila vào ngày 9 tháng 5 và đó là trận tranh đai vô địch WBC hạng nhẹ Úc.
“Đó là khoảng khắc tuyệt vời trong sự nghiệp của tôi, mục tiêu của tôi sẽ là danh hiệu vô địch nước Úc. Tôi không biết gì về đối thủ người Việt của mình cả, nhưng tôi chắc chắn một điều rằng đối đầu với anh ấy tại Manila sẽ dễ hơn nhiều so với đối đầu tại Việt Nam. Chắc chắn một điều, tôi đến để giành chiến thắng và tôi muốn chiến thắng, nhưng tôi luôn dành sự tôn trọng cho anh ấy như cho tất cả các đối thủ khác của mình. Tôi sẽ cho khán giả thấy một màn trình diễn mãn nhãn.” - Chua chia sẻ vào hôm nay.
Đây đồng thời là một cơ hội rất lớn dành cho cả Việt Nam nói chung và Nguyễn Văn Hải nói riêng, khi một chiến thắng sẽ giúp anh có mặt trên bảng xếp hạng thế giới.
Francis Chua sẽ là vật cản rất lớn trên con đường đó của Hải.
*story sourced from Victory 8 Boxing
HCMC Vietnam February 4, 2020
Vietnam is a small country of more than 100 million people but up until recently , the sport of boxing was largely unheard of. The patriotic nation has progressed rapidly in the last few years, noteworthy being an overwhelming presence of both an emerging middle class, and a more vocal and demanding youth culture. Interestingly, still common to all Vietnam folk is a deep rooted love of sports, and even more so, big outdoor events. It seems based on the early success that it has enjoyed so far in this country, the sport of boxing is the perfect fit!
Local company VSP Boxing saw the niche that existed in Vietnam, and decided to host a modest event in the province of Dong Nai in July 2018. The theme of this show was intended as “ a cultural and sports event to extend good will ” – where five professional Korean boxers would showcase their talents to some low ranking Vietnamese amateur opponents. It would provide these Vietnamese with a taste of what it would like to be in the ring with professional fighters, and give them the inspiration needed to improve and perhaps one day achieve such lofty heights. In what was a shock to all, the Vietnam amateurs performed out of their skins to win 4 of the 5 fights – 3 by way of knockout!
The success of that very first show served as encouragement to do more, and Vietnam has made outstanding progress toward professional boxing in the past year. VSP Boxing have conducted three big events since (under the brand Victory 8) where foreign stars were invited to compete with local Vietnamese in an exhibition format, but under professional rules. These have whet the appetite of fans - crazy for more sport and more events.
VSP Boxing had worked with the Vietnam Sports Administration (VSA) and the Vietnam Boxing Federation (VBF) to launch their initial two Victory 8 indoor shows in HCMC. The events were a big success, where crowds of around 2000 attended to cheer their stars at the smaller scale Nguyen Du stadium.
Emboldened by such a positive response from both the boxers and the fans, the VSA then granted approvals for Victory 8 to stage a mega event in the city streets of Hanoi last October. The thinking was aimed toward where can boxing be staged so that as many people as possible can view it, knowing that for most, this would be their first chance ever to see a live fight event. The selected location was iconic – right in the middle of the oldest part of Hanoi, and next to the mystical Hoan Kiem lake. This was the first time the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism had ever permitted this, and it resulted in an historic sports event that was the greatest ever seen in the capital city. VSA had been quoted as saying they wanted the Victory 8 boxing to be accessible to all sports and live entertainment fans, and their vision was repaid with more than 20,000 people attending the Legends of Hoan Kiem show. The night also heralded the advent of professional boxing in Vietnam, where local hero Truong Dinh Hoang won the WBA Asia Super Middleweight title.
The rapid trajectory of professional boxing in Vietnam is due to the fanatical efforts of VSP Boxing and the Victory 8 events.
Vietnam Sports Platform (VSP) Boxing are large stakeholders in the Vietnam market, owning the world class VSP Boxing gym in HCMC, and have conducted three massively successful ‘Victory 8’ events in November 2018, March and October 2019.
‘Victory 8’ is rapidly consolidating as the leading brand in Sports Entertainment in Vietnam. They possess significant points of difference to the traditional market perception of what boxing is about. Their strategies are designed to appeal to first time audiences, to youth, and to female fans.
Over 65% of Vietnam’s population is below 35 years old. Victory 8 focuses on young boxers who possess elite skill levels, and who have potential growth. They build the profiles of their competitors so that they can cultivate a knowledgeable and passionate fan base. This has proven to enhance the social aspect for spectators.
“We only work with young athletes that represent themselves, and their respective countries to the highest level. We are conscious of the ongoing value of marketable athletes.” said Robert Hill, matchmaker for Victory 8.
Victory 8 bouts are generally of shorter duration (usually 4 rounds) They intentionally restrict the rounds to keep the entertainment factor at full throttle, knowing that tired and slow fights don’t engage fans. They also recognize that more injuries occur in fatigued athletes. The shorter bouts also allow exposure for more boxers, and the aim is to make every match up a cracker.
Almost half of Vietnam’s boxers are female, and Victory 8 are working to develop future world class women champions. Vietnam possesses lots high echelon women boxers in the amateurs.
Most importantly, what defines a Victory 8 boxing match, is that competitors are evenly matched, and all efforts are made to ensure exhilarating 50/50 fights designed for the fans. Vietnam embodies perhaps the most unique mindset to be encountered in sports. Their boxers prefer to be tested against the very best opponents available, rather than have an easy contest against somebody that they can beat easily.
Vietnamese LOVE a challenge, and this makes for exciting match ups. The ongoing concept is to match top level local athletes with great fighters from around the world. The concept is simple even for first time viewers - Vietnam versus The World!
The Victory 8 formula has seen them record unprecedented numbers, with the first three shows yielding over 12 million television views. These shows, and their associated stories, have achieved a further 10 million views on YouTube and social media channels. This was a sport in obscurity in 2018, yet incredibly, when taken to the masses in 2019, received over 20 million views in its debutant year. Numbers don’t lie – this sport is here to stay!
Plans are already underway for a huge outdoor event in HCMC on April 11. The Victory 8 extravaganza is expected to be conducted in Nguyen Hue – an iconic walking boulevard in the centre of District 1. The area will form another iconic location to celebrate the emergence of Vietnam boxing, and it is expected that the show will generate a crowd of more than 20,000 people. It is rumoured that two professional titles will be hosted on the night, with some of Asia’s elite likely to be taking part. Fighters from Australia, England, Sweden and the Philippines have also been secured to make it a truly international event. VSP Boxing will release more information regarding Victory 8 Nguyen Hue in the coming weeks.
*for more information, check out Victory 8 Boxing
JUST HOW GOOD IS DAT NGUYEN?
HCMC Vietnam Jan 14, 2020
The talk in boxing circles of Dat Nguyen making a comeback continues to gain momentum. The Vietnam born dynamo has not fought since February 2017, where he brutally knocked out unbeaten world title prospect Miguel Flores. But instead of securing a world title shot of his own, Dat Nguyen was dispatched to boxing’s vast wilderness.
The legend surrounding Vietnam’s Dat Nguyen has continued to grow in the time since, and many stories have surfaced that indicate what an incredible athlete this man actually is – so improbable has been his journey!. The following is one of many stories that have forged the mystical aura that surrounds the Vietnam star to this day. You will surely love it!
It is July 2014. The phone hasn’t rung in over a year, and it appears that Dat Nguyen’s career is already over. The facts are that in the previous 5 years, the Vietnam power puncher has managed to contest only two fights. He dreams of returning to the ring, but it seems that nobody is interested to promote a dormant yet dangerous Vietnamese boxer. To stay fit, Dat hits bag, but living in Vero Beach Florida, he is far from the traditional boxing areas, so gets no pad work or sparring. One day he finally gets offered some sparring, but it is 30 miles away. Dat eagerly accepts – any ring action is better than none!. He turns up alone, and when he arrives, he asks “Who am I sparring?”. A man points in the direction of a young Cuban boxer and says, “That guy”
The young Cuban was two time Olympic gold medallist, and at the time, commonly rated as the pound for pound best boxer on the planet - Guillermo Rigondeaux!
Dat Nguyen recalls the occasion. “It was an interesting experience. He was so fast and skilled, it was amazing. But it felt strange too. The first two rounds he gave me a lot of trouble, but by round three, I was starting to understand him and time him. I was actually thinking, wow, if i can train with this guy for a few weeks, and get my fitness and timing right, I don’t think he can hold me off!”
So here is the thing. Just how good is Dat Nguyen? After this spar, where he takes on possibly the world’s best at the height of his powers, Dat is not offered a fight for another two years. Between 2009 and 2016, the freakish Vietnamese talent operates with no promoter or trainer, and hits bag to stay fit. He has only three professional fights in 7 years!
Dat Nguyen is now aged 37, and has not boxed professionally for three years. He still yearns for a world title, and believes he still has what it takes to beat the best out there. Can that be possible? Based on Dat Nguyen’s amazing journey so far, it is very hard not to believe that anything is possible for this Vietnam legend.
*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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