Boxers to fight for international titles in HCMC

By VNA   August 4, 2023 | 04:43 am PT
Boxers to fight for international titles in HCMC
Vietnamese boxer Trinh The Long will vie for the WBC Asia silver middleweight category belt at the "LEAD: Battle of Power" event on August 20, 2023 in HCMC. Photo courtesy of Shadow Entertainment
The professional boxing series LEAD will be back with 12 bouts to be held at the Saigon Sports Club on August 20 in HCMC.

"The LEAD: Battle of Power" will see 24 promising athletes from different countries vying for Asian titles of World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA), two of the world's most prestigious organizations in the sport.

It will be the first time a WBC Asia match is held in Vietnam.

The main card will be between undefeated Trinh The Long and Chayanon Phothijun, a leading boxer from Thailand. They will vie for the WBC Asia silver middleweight belt.

Long has had four professional fights and won all with knock-out results. Phothijun took part in 10 bouts. He won seven with five KOs and lost three.

There will be three WBA Asia title fights organized on the same night.

In the lightweight bout, Vo Hong Dat, a promising young Vietnamese boxer with a remarkable performance in local and international competitions recently, will face experienced Ernie Sanchez of the Philippines, one of the top boxing hubs in the world.

Dat has recorded five wins with four KOs in his career while Sanchez has boxed 41 bouts, including 21 wins (12 KOs).

"The LEAD: Battle of Power" is the third event in the series of pro LEAD boxing. The first two were "LEAD: The Beginning" and "LEAD: Born to Lead."

LEAD events are organized by Shadow Entertainment, the Vietnam Boxing Federation and the HCMC Boxing Federation.

The series, scheduled to be organized regularly, is expected to reach international standards and become a strong base for Vietnamese fighters to gain experience and integrate into the world.

Shadow Entertainment is operating in the field of managing and training professional boxers and martial artists and organizing events.

Shadow Entertainment is home to more than 30 local and international athletes such as WBA Asia champions Truong Dinh Hoang, Eric Pen and Le Huu Toan as well as Muay Thai WBC winner Nguyen Ke Nhon and WBC Muay Thai International champion Truong Cao Minh Phat.

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