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.
To watch Nguyen Van Duong v Jenel Lausa
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Vietnam Boxing team announced today
Ho Chi Minh City – Monday, October 22, 2018
Victory 8 held a press conference at VSP Boxing Gym HCMC today unveiling the boxing team to represent Vietnam at Victory 8 later this year. Victory 8 – Legends of Hoan Kiem is scheduled for October 19 in Hanoi. It will be the largest sporting event in the history of Vietnam. The expected crowd is in excess of 20,000, and the television views will likely be more than 5 million. The show includes visiting pro fighters from Australia, India, the Philippines, and Thailand.
The Hanoi spectacular has been made possible courtesy of the assistance of the Central Government and the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism. Victory 8 – Legends of Hoan Kiem is historic, as it is the first time professional boxing will be endorsed supported in Vietnam. The event will take place outdoor in the streets of the national capitol, in perhaps the most famous area of Hanoi – Hoan Kiem Lake. The Government has issued a statement proposing that they will block off the jurisdiction for 3 days to facilitate the international event.
As reported today by Victory 8 boxing:
TRUONG DINH HOANG AND NGUYEN VAN HAI LEAD HOT VIETNAM TEAM FOR HANOI
Victory 8 have chosen a chosen a formidable squad to take on top class World team that will come to fight in Vietnam on October 19.
The Legends of Hoan Kiem team will compete against elite professional boxers from around the world in what will no doubt be the biggest sporting event ever seen in Vietnam.
Truong Dinh Hoang has been listed as the main event of 12 scheduled bouts. Nguyen Thi Tam, Nguyen Van Hai , and Nguyen Van Duong are just some of the other big names included in the intimidating line up of Vietnam boxing talent that includes national champions and hot young prospects..
The full team is:
Truong Dinh Hoang
Nguyen Van Hai
Nguyen Van Duong
Tran Duc Tho
Nguyen Thi Tam
Pham Duc Doan
Vu Thanh Dat
Bui Phuoc Tung
Nguyen Van Gioi
Tran Van An
Cao Van Nguyen
Vo Thi Kim Anh
The announcement has been reported on the Victory 8 facebook portal: https://www.facebook.com/victory8boxing/
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