Vietnamese boxing champ to fight world tournament in Turkey

By Hoang Nguyen   October 28, 2021 | 05:45 pm PT
Vietnamese boxing champ to fight world tournament in Turkey
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi carries the world WBO belt won on Oct. 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Trung Nam
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi, the WBO World belt holder is set to compete at AIBA Women’s Boxing Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

To prepare for the tournament, which will take place in early December, Nhi will go for training in Uzbekistan after finishing quarantine in South Korea.

The tournament is hosted by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for 12 different weight classes. Nhi will compete in the below 48 kg category. The winner will get $100,000, the runner-up $50,000 and the third place $25,000.

As the new WBO boxing champ, Nhi will have the chance to show her talent when fighting the top boxers not only in Asia, but also in the world.

More good news for Nhi as Vietnam will include the below 48 kg category for SEA Games 31. This will be a great chance for Nhi to claim a gold medal for Vietnamese boxing when the event is hosted in May next year.

"I will make the most out of these chances to develop my career and contribute to Vietnamese boxing," she said, as cited by Thanh Nien.

On Oct. 23, Nhi became the first Vietnamese boxer ever to win a WBO World belt after defeating Japanese opponent Etsuko Tada.

The 25-year-old started practicing boxing when she was 13. Migrating from the Mekong Delta to HCMC with her grandmother, Nhi used to sell lottery tickets and street food to make ends meet, before beginning her professional boxing career in the ring in 2018.

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