Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The first show in Vietnam for the new year will be one originally scheduled for mid-December, though it seems like most things last year things didn't go as hoped.
The main event will see once beaten Vietnamese fighter Van Thao Tran (13-1, 8) take on unbeaten Thai puncher Boonrueang Phayom (9-0, 9) in what looks set to be a really interesting match up. Tran was tipped for big things, following a solid amateur career, but inactivity and a loss in 2019 to Billy Dib has cost his career and he's really not reached the level that many had hoped he would. Aged 22 Boonrueang is one of the more interesting Thai prospects, and a genuine puncher, but someone who has fought at a very, very low level. For Boonrueang this is a massive step up in class, and his first fight bout outside of Thailand, but a win here would help set him up for some interesting bouts later in the year.
Interestingly this show will also feature a Super Middleweight bout, as Van Hieu Pham (1-0) takes on Vietnamese based Irishman Sean Anthony Duffy (0-0) in a 4 rounder. We're not expecting to see many bouts in Vietnam at 168lbs so this is certainly worthy of some attention.