Junior Kauko Raka

Junior Kauko Raka

Super Featherweight, 130 lbs (59 kg)

Age :

29


Height :

163

cm


Stance :

Orthodox


Region :

Port Moresby


Country :

Papua New Guinea


Record : PRO DEBUT


Record :

2

Wins

(

2

KO)

/

1

Loss

/

0

Draws

Junior Kauko Raka

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Junior Kauko Raka

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NGUYỄN VĂN HẢI READY TO MAKE WEIGHT
July 15, 2023

NGUYỄN VĂN HẢI READY TO MAKE WEIGHT

The Hanoi Hitman Nguyễn Văn Hải is now  in Ho Tram and looks in great shape for today's weigh in.

Hai is pictured with Papua New Guinea fighter Junior Kauko Raka, who will also fight at the big international event tomorrow night in Vung Tau.

RAKA TO MAKE VIOLENCE A THING OF BEAUTY
July 15, 2023

RAKA TO MAKE VIOLENCE A THING OF BEAUTY

It's Fight Day in Vietnam.

PRODIGY Junior Kauko Raka is promising to impose the Papua New Guinea fight brand in Vietnam tonight. Raka takes on an imposing task - China's WBO Oriental champion Xiao Tao Su.

Said Raka :

"Just watch tonight. It will be VIOLENT.  

But I promise to all the people, I will make it  a thing of beauty "

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MEETS VIETNAM
July 13, 2023

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MEETS VIETNAM

One of the great things about boxing is the people you meet and the friends that you make.

The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino is a huge venue, but you never know who you will bump into !!

Earlier today Papua New Guinea's Junior Kauko Raka met Vietnam's champion Nguyễn Văn Hải while walking the halls. Both boxers have big fights tomorrow night - Raka takes on China's Xiao Tao Su, and Hai meets unbeaten Abdul Mottalib.

Flanking the boxers are Team Raka trainers Nelson John and Ephraim Montoru.

#cockybuffalopromotions #cockybuffalo #VSPPromotions #boxingvietnam #TheGrandHoTramStrip #vspboxing

PAPUA NEW GUINEA BOYS HIT SAIGON
July 13, 2023

PAPUA NEW GUINEA BOYS HIT SAIGON

Team Raka have arrived in Vietnam, and first stop was VSP Gym in HCMC where they discussed all things boxing.

The team of (from left) Junior Raka, Ephraim Montoru, Martin Liri and Nelson John met with local boss Mr. Lim Song.

Raka will fight on Saturday night against China's Xiao Tao Su  - a former #1 and WBO Oriental champion.

WE'RE HEADED TO THE GRAND HO TRAM
July 12, 2023

WE'RE HEADED TO THE GRAND HO TRAM

Former opponents Mark John Yap and Junior Raka   are now united with a common goal  - to seek and destroy foreign opponents this Saturday night in Vietnam.

The Philippines and Papua New Guinea guns will appear at a big international event to be held at The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino in Vũng Tàu.

Their matches will be watched by bosses of Asia's top boxing commissions, including Richard Clarin and some team members from the Games and Amusement Board in the Philippines.

#vspboxing #TheGrandHoTramStrip #cockybuffalo #cockybuffalopromotions #VSPPromotions #boxingvietnam

IT'S WHERE ALL THE BEST FIGHTERS GO
July 11, 2023

IT'S WHERE ALL THE BEST FIGHTERS GO

Junior Kauko Raka en route to Vietnam, couldn't resist the temptation to drop into one of the many famous fight gyms in the Philippines.

Pictured here with trainer Nelson John, Raka reportedly looked great on pads and is already on weight.

HE'S READY TO RUMBLE !

Raka takes on China's WBO Oriental champion Xiao Tao Su this Saturday night at The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino.

RAKA HITS THE STREETS OF MANILA
July 10, 2023

RAKA HITS THE STREETS OF MANILA

Papua New Guinea iron man Junior Kauko Raka pictured just moments ago.

Raka is in Manila getting some miles in the legs before flying out to Vietnam on Wednesday.

The "PNG Prodigy" will meet former China #1 and WBO Oriental title holder Xiao Tao Su on Saturday night at The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino in Vũng Tàu.

#vspboxing #cockybuffalo #boxingvietnam #VSPPromotions #cockybuffalopromotions #vbo #TheGrandHoTramStrip

THE RAKA HIT SQUAD IS ON THE WAY
July 7, 2023

THE RAKA HIT SQUAD IS ON THE WAY

Papua New Guinea's granite fisted Junior Raka and his team are officially Vietnam bound !

The squad are en route via Manila, where they will stay till Wednesday before leaving for Ho Chi Minh City.

The PNG Prodigy Raka has the task of dismantling China's WBO Oriental champion Xiao Tao Su at a big international show at The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino next Saturday night.

THE RAKA TEAM SAY HELLO TO MANILA
July 8, 2023

THE RAKA TEAM SAY HELLO TO MANILA

Papua New Guinea's "PRODIGY" Junior Kauko Raka just touched down in Manila.

There are no direct flights from PNG to Vietnam, so it's an opportunity to say hello to old friends and visit Manila's famous Elorde gyms.

Raka and team will fly out to Ho Chi Minh City this Wednesday.

WBO GLOBAL AT THE GRAND HO TRAM

Sat 6:00 PM | July 15, 2023

BOUT 3: SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT - 59 KG-6R

XIAO TAO SU

 VS

JR KAUKO RAKA

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA BOXER COMES TO HCMC
July 8, 2023

PAPUA NEW GUINEA BOXER COMES TO HCMC

PAPUA NEW GUINEA BOXER COMES TO HCMC

Ladies and gentlemen  - Mr. Junior Kauko Raka

11 fights - 9 wins - 7 Knockouts

WBO GLOBAL AT THE GRAND HO TRAM

Sat 6:00 PM | July 15, 2023

BOUT 3: SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT - 59 KG-6R

XIAO TAO SU

 VS

JR KAUKO RAKA

#CockyBuffaloPromotions #CockyBuffalo #TheGrandHoTramStrip #Proboxing #VBO #VTVcab #vspboxing #VSPPromotions #boxingvietnam

PAPUA NEW GUINEA ARE DOING IT RIGHT !!
July 1, 2023

PAPUA NEW GUINEA ARE DOING IT RIGHT !!

They breed them with big hearts in PNG  !

Getting opportunities to fight in international events is never easy, and if you're based in PNG, even more so !

Friends and supporters of Junior Kauko Raka, and believers in the great sport of boxing, assembled last night to celebrate his impending task in Vietnam.

They also all contributed their valuable time, energy and money to make Raka the first professional boxer ever to step foot into the south east asian destination.

Big thanks go to promoter Mr. Sang Bum Kim and friends at Cocky Buffalo for showing the foresight and faith in the PNG Prodigy  !

Also, massive thanks to the friends in PNG who really stepped up last night :

The Minister of Internal Security, and Governor of Bougainville HON Peter Tsiamalili Jnr. who took the lead to put in support by paying for the venue, and to kindly host the dinner fundraising.

And the support from these generous companies:

1- JOMIK Group Company

2- PANG Family

3- NCDC Sport Desk

4- NCDC Governor

5- PNG Sport Foundation

6- NCD Provincial Health Authority

Also, Junior Kauko Raka has a special shout out to his manager Betrand Vagelo and his admin Ezra Bonny, for making last night's celebration happen, for both him and the whole Raka team.

I'm optimistic that the combined efforts of all will pave the way for international opportunities for young PNG stars of the future.

Big congratulations to the people of Papua New Guinea for supporting great role models. Bravo !!

PNG WARRIORS HEADED FOR VIETNAM
July 1, 2023

PNG WARRIORS HEADED FOR VIETNAM

Have you ever met a GENUINE mountain bred Papua New Guinean warrior ?

No ?

Well that's because Junior Kauko Raka and his team will be the first ever to set foot on Vietnam soil !!

Please make the Raka team welcome at VSP when  they arrive in the week of 10th July, before heading  to Vũng Tàu on the 13th.

The Papua New Guinea hard man has the task of dismantling former Chinese #1 and WBO Oriental champion Xiao Tao Su.

The match will take place at The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino on Saturday July 15th.

POSTCARDS FROM THE GRAND HO TRAM
June 29, 2023

POSTCARDS FROM THE GRAND HO TRAM

Some snapshots from the December event in Vietnam. Some great fights that night.

Big event coming this July 15th.

Mark John Yap will be back, also Nguyễn Văn Hải and a special appearance from Papua New Guinea  hard man Junior Kauko Raka.

RAKA THE FIRST PNG FIGHTER IN VIETNAM
June 29, 2023

RAKA THE FIRST PNG FIGHTER IN VIETNAM

This PNG powerhouse boxer is built like a tank and he is one tough warrior that represents the unrelenting spirit of his countryman. Junior Raka makes history as the first PNG boxer to ever fight in Vietnam.

https://www.facebook.com/VSPPromotions/videos/1081798786128620


DEADLY DUO TO TAKE VIETNAM BY STORM
June 24, 2023

DEADLY DUO TO TAKE VIETNAM BY STORM

Former combatants Mark John Yap and Junior Kauko Raka will meet again in July next month, but this time as friends - not foes !!

Yap and Raka shared the ring in Manila in late 2022, where the Papua New Guinea embraced the ominous task on just a few weeks notice. It was a great fight, and both boxers showed the sort of doggedness which will make them compulsory viewing in Vietnam.

July 15th sees the duo take on top rated foreigners in the super featherweight division.

These two stars will spearhead a big international show at the Grand Ho Tram in Vũng Tàu, and is made possible by Mr. Sang Bum Kim and our friends at Cocky Buffalo.

RAKA LOOKS TO BE THE ENFORCER JULY 15TH
June 24, 2023

RAKA LOOKS TO BE THE ENFORCER JULY 15TH

Junior Kauko Raka answered a call from VSP Promotions in late 2O22. Mark John Yap had just resumed boxing after the pandemic, and despite a points loss to King's Warrior Charly, he looked as skilled and dangerous as ever. So much so, we were unable to find anyone in the Philippines willing to fight him !

The Papua New Guinea star begged for the chance to fight, and in spite of a ridiculously short time to prepare, gave Mark John Yap the really hard fight that was needed. Junior Raka won a legion of new fans that day, including the man known as the Journey Man:

"I hit him with some great shots, and he just walked through them. I bruised my hands he was built like a rock !"

And how did he rate the power of the PNG boxer ?

"I work hard on my defense, but he has skills, and when he landed - he has heavy hands. I ask my team to check his gloves - it felt like he had iron in there !

Junior Raka will be a hard fight for any boxer. "

And so it is. Raka takes on Xiao Tao Su of China on July 15th in Ho Tram Vietnam. A boxer built from the same cloth as the PNG man.

Xiao Tao Su was China's #1 ranked fighter prior to the pandemic, winning a WBO Oriental title by savage knockout in the process. He resumed to lose narrowly to Vietnam's #1 61kg Nguyễn Văn Hải, and returns to his more favoured 59kg category for his assignment against Junior Kauko Raka.

This is a huge fight, where both boxers come to fight, and both carry lots of skills and heavy power. While the Chinese boxer will start overwhelming favourite, if you listen to the experienced words of Mark John Yap, then Junior Kauko Raka is about to deliver a firestorm to the sunny shores of Ho Tram Vietnam.

Big thanks to Mr. Sang Bum Kim and friends at Cocky Buffalo for making this great match up possible.

RAKA SET TO FIGHT TRAN VAN THAO IN VIETNAM
June 13, 2023

RAKA SET TO FIGHT TRAN VAN THAO IN VIETNAM

Papua New Guinea Boxer Junior Kauko Raka’s fight against Vietnamese opponent Van Thao Tran is scheduled for the 15th of July next month at the Grand Ho Tram resort and casino in Vietnam.

Raka said his preparations for the fight is going great at the moment, he is currently training with his coach Ephraim Montaru, trainer Nelson John and national coach for the amateur boxers.

“I am having some spurring with Team PNG boxers who are preparing to attend the Pacific Games in Solomon Islands.”

Raka said he will get really good preparations if he goes to the Philippines to train there whilst waiting for his fight.

“I have made commitments to go to the Philippines but in terms of sponsors I’m still yet to secure one to help me travel there to prepare.”

“If I train and do some spurring in the Philippines I will be at my best fit to take up my international match.”

Raka said he is confident to win this fight and that is his main aim as it is the national championships for Vietnam and to him it means it’s the national championship for PNG.

“I’ve watched some of my opponents fights and I’ve seen some of his weaknesses and studied his movements in terms of attack and defense so if I can prepare in the Philippines, I will be able to defeat him.”

“One of my opponent Van Thao Tran’s weakness I have seen is that he does not move a lot in the ring and he moves forward all the time so I am training on how to move back and counter punch on him when he moves forward to attack me; I will move back with my punches and see gaps to swing or stop him,” added Raka.

Raka said so far there is no confirmation from any sponsors yet who have said to help me however the member for Bougainville and Minister Peter Tsiamalili has made a commitment to assist him; also from the CEO for Sports Foundation Albert Veratau who said to look into it.

There is also a company Jomik group of companies in Bougainville who have put their hands up to assist in his travel.

Raka thanked these sponsors especially the Jomik group of companies who assisted his team when they were in Buka with their airfares back to Port Moresby and their continuous support.

THIS JUST MAY BE THE FIGHT OF THE YEAR !!!
June 14, 2023

THIS JUST MAY BE THE FIGHT OF THE YEAR !!!

VIETNAM  - Get ready to be rocked by RAKA !!

Vietnam's boxing star "The Trigger" Tran Van Thao goes toe to toe with Papua New Guinea's hard man  

Junior Kauko Raka - the PNG Prodigy  !!

The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino

Saturday July 15th

MARK JOHN YAP  - BIG NEWS COMING SOON
June 8, 2023

MARK JOHN YAP  - BIG NEWS COMING SOON

Vietnam  - here we come !

The Yap Attack and Head Coach Jetro Pabustan are headed to Ho Tram Vietnam this July, as they look to reinforce the stocks of Mark John Yap on the world scene.

It is expected that the Philippines star will appear on an all international event, and will fight a young top rated fighter from the Middle East.

Familiar faces to VSP followers, Nguyễn Văn Hải and Junior Kauko Raka, will also compete on the Cocky Buffalo show.

Mark John Yap will return to Manila from CDO for sparring in 10 days time, on the back of an impressive exhibition performance in Ho Chi Minh City late last month.

More news breaking soon.

"PRODIGY" RAKA TO TAKE ON VIETNAM'S BEST ?
June 4, 2023

"PRODIGY" RAKA TO TAKE ON VIETNAM'S BEST ?

Rumours are strong that Papua New Guinea's premier fighter Junior Kauko Raka may be headed to the sunny shores of Vung Tau this coming July.

The "made from granite" Raka has made no secret that he wants to fight the top international boxers,  but those opportunities aren't available at home in Papua New Guinea.

HAVE GLOVES - WILL TRAVEL !

Raka has already won two pro bouts, and taken two losses - but these were outstanding efforts against world rated Roldan Aldea and Mark John Yap.

It is believed that Raka is in talks to take on Vietnam's highest ranked professional fighter, and if so, this story is sure to create big news in that country.

"I love boxing  - and I believe in myself and my team. I only want to take on the biggest challenges, and show people that the fighter's from Papua New Guinea can take on the world.  We have many kids here with great potential, so my mission is to bring this message to Vietnam"

ANOTHER YEAR  -  ANOTHER JOURNEY
January 15, 2023

ANOTHER YEAR - ANOTHER JOURNEY

Was it ever in doubt ?  

YAP IS BACK !

Mark John Yap makes his eagerly awaited ring return at UKC REVOLUTION 2023 against former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Leonardo Doronio.

Yap has the reputation as one of the Philippines' best internationally performed boxers of recent years, thus earning him The Journey Man tag, and he will be looking to embark his 2023 trip with a great performance at home.

The former bantamweight star has only recently made the super featherweight division his new home, yet will challenge Doronio at Lightweight, such is the difficulty in getting the Mindanao product decent competition in a season opener.

Mark John Yap produced a classy performance against Charly Suarez for the WBA Asia title, and endorsed that effort with an impressive win over Papua New Guinea's best Junior Kauko Raka.

Yap then ventured to Vietnam to compete at Fortunes of War, and looked good in a fast paced short format exhibition event.

Leonardo Doronio is a very experienced boxer, who will hold the advantage of being the slightly larger man. He posted good wins over Bryan Macamay and Jimmy Borbon, before a points loss to outstanding pinoy Arnel Baconaje.  He will prove to be a great measure of where Mark John Yap is early in his 2023 adventure.

But the word is out - Yap is back !  

January 30th marks the start of a new journey.

UKC REVOLUTION 2023

Elorde Sports Centre Parañaque Manila

Monday January 30th

MARK JOHN YAP TO BLAST MANILA JAN 30
December 23, 2022

MARK JOHN YAP TO BLAST MANILA JAN 30

One of the Philippines best performed international fighters of recent years Mark John Yap will treat boxing fans to the best new year's present possible - a Manila appearance on January  30 as a prelude to looking towards bigger overseas fights in 2023.

Yap returned home and put in a high quality performance in a WBA title clash with Charly Suarez, before overcoming PNG hard man Junior Kauko Raka in October of this year.

More recently, the star pinoy featured in a big show in Vietnam where he battled young gun Phan Minh Quân. The bout was unfortunately stopped due to an accidental head clash, with the cut requiring the CDO boxer to be stitched after the fight.

Not one to be deterred easily, Mark John Yap has informed that he will be in killer form on January 30 and he advises potential opponents - beware the Journey Man!

WARRING PARTIES CALL A TRUCE
October 24, 2022

WARRING PARTIES CALL A TRUCE

Champion Philippines boxer Mark John Yap and Team Raka trainer Ephraim Montoru meet after the historic bout between PNG and Philippines.

What was the topic they discussed? " Mark, which one in your opinion is better?

The San Miguel or riding the Red Horse? "was Ephraim's opener !

THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR
October 24, 2022

THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOUR

Papua New Guinea's very popular Junior Kauko Raka enjoys a meal with other competing boxers after yesterday's huge BATTLEFIELD card in Parañaque Manila.

Raka put on a stoic display in a cracking undercard fight with Philippines champion Mark John Yap.

Junior Raka pressured Yap throughout, winning the admiration of the crowd.

This was the first match for the PNG PRODIGY in almost two years, so expect to see a vastly improved fighter in future bouts.

And our advice is that anyone that is thinking of facing Raka ,?  

WATCH OUT !  You are in for one hell of a fight!

PNG PRODIGY IS ON THE MARCH !

BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD
October 23, 2022

BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD

After the gunshots have fallen silent, and the smoke has cleared !

Huge performances tonight from Mark John Yap and Junior Kauko Raka.

Yap showed all his boxing skills and put an exclamation mark on why he has been a multiple title holder. This "Journeyman" has a lot left in the tank, and he looks invigorated at 130lb.

Raka was a junkyard dog, constantly pressing the champion Yap onto the back foot. Junior Raka showed understandable signs of ring rust, but it was a wholehearted display that won the plaudits of Philippines fans, and was sure to make PNG proud.

Make no mistake, Raka will derive huge benefit from tonight's performance and he will be a menace to top fighters in the division.

Top quality bout. Bravo !

THE RAKA BOYS HIT MANILA
October 18, 2022

THE RAKA BOYS HIT MANILA

Papua New Guinea's boxing star Junior Kauko Raka touched down in Manila late last night, but the Prodigy Team are already in the Elorde Gym early this morning.

Junior Kauko Raka went through a light workout, ably assisted by trainers Nelson John and Ephraim  Montoru.

Despite the fact that the harder preparation has already been done, Raka will work in the gym this week to ensure he is on track for Saturdays weigh in.

Raka will compete in the 59kg Super Featherweight class (130lb) against Philippines international star Mark John Yap.

RAKA TEAM IS BATTLEFIELD BOUND !
October 17, 2022

RAKA TEAM IS BATTLEFIELD BOUND !

Papua New Guinea's Junior Kauko Raka ready and waiting to embark on his Philippines adventure at Port Moresby Airport. Raka will take on one of the Philippines greatest - Mark John "The Journeyman" Yap in what is guaranteed to be no place for the faint hearted.

Yap is the winner of 30 bouts, and tore some of Japan's best fighters to shreds in accumulating three OPBF championship belts. In contrast, Junior Kauko Raka has 2 pro wins, yet has as many as 7 knockout wins in "unofficial" contests.

This potential match up is already shaping as a red hot bonfire  NOBODY IN THE PHILIPPINES WANTED TO FIGHT MARK JOHN YAP!

But Junior Raka jumped at the chance to fight him "GIVE YAP TO ME!" Great stuff! So excited to see these two greats!

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila, Sunday October 23rd

BE THERE, OR WATCH IT  LIVE !

AKA KEEPS THE PNG FLAG FLYING
October 16, 2022

AKA KEEPS THE PNG FLAG FLYING

The great man Martin Beni put Papua New Guinea's boxing on the map back in the 1970's when he was successful against many of Australia's best fighters. Beni went on to beat an Australian and Commonwealth Lightweight champion, and at his peak, was rated in the top 30 fighters in the world at that weight.

On Sunday October 23rd, Junior Kauko Raka continues the PNG proud tradition of love of sports and boxing, when he takes on a formidable task in the shape of Mark John Yap. The Journeyman is one of the Philippines best, with 30 professional wins and 3 OPBF titles on his resume.

Says Raka on the topic of national hero Martin Beni:

"Martin lived his life around the boxing ring and while it was shocking and sad to see him pass in front of us; he was someone that remained true to the sport all the way to his last day.

When I joined boxing, I would always hear stories of Martin Beni and how he fought some of the best fighters in Australia and I’m so honoured to have met and worked alongside him.

I grew as a boxer with Martin ever since I started as an amateur in 2009.

There was a lot of struggle with boxing when I joined but despite all the politics and issues with who was in charge of the sport, he always remained true to the sport.

Before I turned professional, he would come around for some of my fights and talk to me and give me advice on what I was doing wrong.

One thing that I would always remember him by was his belief in me.

I made him a promise that I would win an internationally recognised title. I came close to fulfilling that promise but it wasn’t to be. I will keep pursuing that promise with the time I have left in my career."

Junior Kauko Raka v Mark John Yap

8 rounds  Super Featherweight 130lb

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila

Sunday October 23rd

JUNIOR RAKA PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY
October 14, 2022

JUNIOR RAKA PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

Great to see Papua New Guinea embracing boxing and recognising the achievements of athletes like Junior Kauko Raka.

Big thanks to the Pang family and Northern Property Valuers for assisting the PNG PRODIGY Junior Raka on his journey to the Philippines, and his big fight with Pinoy star Mark John Yap.

"LET'S SEE WHO'S LEFT STANDING !"
October 10, 2022

"LET'S SEE WHO'S LEFT STANDING !"

Papua New Guinea's Junior Kauko Raka offers to go toe to toe with Cagayan de Oro's outstanding boxer Mark John Yap.

Junior Kauko Raka v Mark John Yap

8 rounds   Super Featherweight 130lb

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

"YOUR MOVE, MR. RAKA !"
October 8, 2022

"YOUR MOVE, MR. RAKA !"

Mark John Yap v Junior Kauko Raka

8 rounds  Super Featherweight 130lb

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

RAKA: "YAP WON'T HAVE TO GO LOOKING"
October 6, 2022

RAKA: "YAP WON'T HAVE TO GO LOOKING"

Papua New Guinea's hard man Junior Kauko Raka responded to recent suggestions that Mark John Yap would put an exclamation mark on their clash by going for the knockout. Whilst Yap, and perhaps the whole of the Philippines, know what potential dangers  the PNG Prodigy brings to the ring, they are also aware that the safest plan is to get him out of there as soon as possible.

The scheduled 8 round fight will take place in just over two weeks from now, and Raka had this to say:

"Knockout ? Well let's see!

We won't be running like ring girls, and I'm ready to fight toe to toe, so he won't have to go looking for me. We will see who stays standing!"

Spoken in true Warrior spirit!

PNG's Raka has experienced only one loss in 10 bouts, a points decision at the hands of top flight pinoy Roldan Aldea in a WBA title match. The powerful Port Moresby boxer has scored 7 knockouts along a path of destruction, and notably, is yet to be dropped.

This will be a compelling match up, with "The Journeyman" Mark John Yap starting a warm favourite, but likely to experience a torrid time with his PNG foe.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME !
October 6, 2022

THE BEST IS YET TO COME !

The Journeyman Mark John Yap is in training in Manila, and has promised to be at his destructive best this month when he contests the main undercard match prior to the giant Charly Suarez v Carlo Magali clash.

Yap is slated to fight Papua New Guinea's premier boxer Junior Kauko Raka, and is philosophical, despite suffering 4 losses on the trot. But the defeats need to be examined more closely and put in perspective !

Three of these losses were at the hands of top class unbeaten foreign opponents, where matching was done at the very last moment to ensure making weight would prove extremely difficult. Nonetheless, Yap produced really good touches in each of these bouts, and actually dropped the unbeaten Cuban Jadier Hererra whilst incurring a points loss.

Mark John Yap prepared in the altitude of Baguio prior to his August stoush with Charly Suarez, and the hard work showed. It was an impressive performance by the Journeyman, and it is really doubtful that any local other than the freakish Suarez could have repelled him that day.

Yap did his early preparation in Cagayan de Oro for his date with Raka, and is now in Manila being mentored by Elorde's Jetro Pabustan. He has a pragmatic view on his impending battle:

“If I’ll have the opportunity to knock him out, then I’ll knock him out,” said Yap.

“If he’s tough, then I’ll try to do my best and dominate him.”

If he's tough ? Well, one thing we know about the PNG Prodigy Junior Raka is that he's carved from granite, and has skills, so this should be a thriller !

And for the Journeyman, you just know that this international star will produce something special this month and even more, the best is yet to come !

Mark John Yap v Junior Raka (PNG)

8 rounds  Super Featherweight 59kg

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

WELCOME TO PHILIPPINES MR. RAKA !
October 2, 2022

WELCOME TO PHILIPPINES MR. RAKA !

Mark John Yap takes on the might of Papuan hard man Junior Raka later this month in Paranaque Manila .

Yap is one of the Philippines' best internationally credentialed boxers in recent years, having amassed 30 wins and three OPBF titles on the road in Japan.

But he is experienced enough to know that you can never underestimate an opponent,  and in Junior Raka, you have a nemesis with skills and a warrior heart to match.

"Raka already has a history with Pinoy boxers. He has had two big wins, and then a narrow loss to Roldan Aldea for the WBA belt, and we have a big opinion of Aldea here in the Philippines.

We know that Junior Raka will bring energy and aggression, and a love for the battle. We respect that, because we love it too! So bring it on, and we welcome you to the Philippines Mr. Raka ! "

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

GOOD MORNING MARK JOHN YAP !
September 26, 2022

GOOD MORNING MARK JOHN YAP !

Papuan pugilist Junior Raka is putting in the hard work and looking forward to an October 23 rendezvous with hot pinoy Mark John Yap.

The Cagayan de Oro boxer arrived in Manila  last night, and will complete his training with elite sparring in coming weeks.

The match will be PNG Prodigy Raka's first since the pandemic, but he has the mindset to over ride all obstacles and bring a strong performance to the BATTLEFIELD event.

Raka welcomed his opponent:  "Good morning to Mark John Yap. I look forward to joining you in Manila. I know we will give all the boxing fans in the Philippines and PNG a great match. Boxing is my life so I thank you and the people of Philippines for the opportunity !"

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

THE PNG PRODIGY COMING TO MANILA
September 27, 2022

THE PNG PRODIGY COMING TO MANILA

Junior Raka v Mark John Yap

Main Undercard

8 rounds Super Featherweight 59kg

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

ARE YOU READY FOR THE YAP ATTACK ?
September 30, 2022

ARE YOU READY FOR THE YAP ATTACK ?

Love watching this guy at work.

Three times OPBF champ, and a technician with 30 wins to his name, Mark John Yap is without doubt the most experienced boxer amongst an outstanding card at the BATTLEFIELD next month.

It is a rare treat to see Yap perform on home soil, as he has fought abroad in places like Japan, USA and Dubai in recent years. He made a quick trip home in 2019, and was rewarded with an impressive Knockout win in front of adoring CDO fans. He was not sighted in the Philippines again till August of this year, when he faced the mercurial Charly Suarez in a WBA title bout. Despite a points loss, it was a near vintage Yap that impressed onlookers and Suarez himself :

" Mark fought a very clever fight. He reads the punches very well, and he shows his experience with lots of variety. He is very tough and experienced. "

Yap never has easy opponents, and in his inimitable style, takes on Papuan Warrior Junior Raka in his upcoming bout.

Raka was a feisty amateur before turning pro, and despite limited opportunities, has shown great signs. He scored two great wins over quality Pinoy Allan Vallespin, and endured a points loss over the top class Roldan Aldea in a WBA title match.

It is also well known that the "PNG PRODIGY " has 7 additional fights not listed in BoxRec, and is unbeaten with 6 knockouts. BOOM!  This pride of Papua New Guinea has got guns in both hands!

This will be a colossal contest, and like any fight of Mark John Yap,  we would not expect anything less!

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

YAP ON TRACK TO DERAIL JUNIOR RAKA
September 23, 2022

YAP ON TRACK TO DERAIL JUNIOR RAKA

Cagayan de Oro boxer Mark John Yap returns to Manila on Monday to ramp up preparations for his impending clash with Papua New Guinea hard man Junior "the Prodigy" Raka.

Yap had been on the international circuit for many years prior to the pandemic, and local fans have really been deprived of seeing his  superb skills on home soil. His appearance at the BATTLEFIELD show next month is a huge coup, because Yap had only performed twice in the Philippines in recent history.

After a highly successful stint in Japan, which culminated in 3 OPBF titles, Yap returned briefly to his native Mindanao in 2019. While he was there, he took on the really promising fighter Ulysses Lagos, a bout that he won by impressive KO in front of a big crowd in CDO.

Yap was not seen again in the Philippines till August this year, where he engaged in a WBA belt clash with the unbeaten Charly Suarez. This was a really superb performance by Yap, and despite losing on points, endorsed that he is still at the top of his game.

It was anticipated that no matter who Mark John Yap matched up with this October, it would be a "stay busy" assignment, possibly a soft win, but then the PNG Prodigy Junior Raka threw his hat in the ring!

Raka is of short stature and powerful, and typically PNG warrior stock,  a real tough SOB! And the man has skills too!

Junior Raka has accepted this challenge at really short notice, more so, he asked for it! It is super impressive stuff in a sport where many are constantly hiding out.

VSP Promotions can say emphatically that NO ONE WANTED TO FIGHT MARK JOHN YAP, so that gives you some insight to how highly regarded "the Journeyman" is at home.

But reputations count for nothing once you are in the ring and touch gloves, so DO NOT  MISS THIS BOUT!  Fireworks !

MARK JOHN YAP v JUNIOR RAKA

8 rounds Super Featherweight 59kg

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

RAKA MEETS YAP - A TALE OF TWO CITIES
September 19, 2022

RAKA MEETS YAP - A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Destined to be a barnburner and likely to steal all the thunder at BATTLEFIELD this October is the Junior Raka and Mark John Yap main undercard bout.

This has all the makings of a classic showdown in Parañaque Manila, yet oddly, neither fighter has local advantages.

Junior Raka hails from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. It's a country which is abundant in sporting talent, and where the interest in boxing is gaining momentum.

Mark John Yap is a son of Cagayan de Oro, in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. This is arguably the most prolific location in the world for producing champion fighters - Charly Suarez and Manny Pacquiao being just two of the recent alma mater.

Mark John Yap is currently the Philippines #2 rated 130, and judging by what we saw recently against WBA champion Suarez, that looks accurate. Yap was simply outstanding despite defeat.

Junior Raka is really up against it, but that's the way he likes it. A quality amateur with plenty of firepower, the PNG Prodigy jumped at the chance to fight Yap at very short notice. Despite his recent inactivity,  expect the PNG banger to bring pressure, and lots of it!  He knows how to cut the ring, has nice timing, and can really find the target.

This is a fight deserving of main event status. Do not miss it !

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

"PRODIGY" TO BATTLE MARK JOHN YAP
September 10, 2022

"PRODIGY" TO BATTLE MARK JOHN YAP

Papua New Guinea's best known fighter is headed to Manila, and has agreed to terms to face "the Journeyman" Mark John Yap at the BATTLEFIELD on October 23rd. Junior "the Prodigy" Raka is a former Arafura Games silver medallist, and has had 3 "official" professional bouts, winning 2 by way of Knockout. But the PNG banger has 7 fights which BoxRec failed to list - all wins, and all knockouts!

His only career loss was on points to the outstanding pinoy Roldan Aldea, in a WBA title match in early 2021. Mark John Yap looked outstanding in his recent WBA clash with Charly Suarez, and his effort left Junior Raka a fan:"It was a really great fight by Mark Yap, lots of clever boxing. I was really impressed. I realize this will be a very hard fight for me, as I am accepting the job at short notice.

But I am very confident in my ability, and I know I have the power to get his attention. Make no mistake, PNG fighters are proud warriors, and this will be a GREAT FIGHT!"

Junior Raka and Mark John Yap will be the main undercard bout to Suarez v Magali at

BATTLEFIELD UKC TIGER 2O22

Elorde Sports Centre Paranaque Manila Sunday October 23rd

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VSP PRO "CLASSROOM" TO THE BIGTIME
February 20, 2024

VSP PRO "CLASSROOM" TO THE BIGTIME

Thai Hoang Huy gets rewarded for his improving performances in 2O23 with his first bout outside of the country. 
Huy only began boxing 18 months ago, and was inspired to try the professional game after contesting an exhibition bout with Philippines' JonJon Estrada. The Wolverine gave him encouragement to keep training and stay busy, and he took the advice from the experienced Estrada. 
Thai Hoang Huy has since won 4 from 6 in 2O23, yet it was in his most recent bout, that he got a lucky break.
Despite losing to Botswana champion Moabi Ngaka, the African liked what he saw, and requested for Huy to have an opportunity to fight abroad in Botswana. 
RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO affords that opportunity, and on March 30th, Huy will join 3 other Vietnam 🇻🇳 boxers in an Asian team that will tackle the African nations. 
Thai Hoang Huy meets Zambia 🇿🇲 hotshot David Kapusu, a quality prospect that won impressively at his debut.
VSP wish Thai Hoang Huy lots of luck with his fight in Botswana - draw your inspiration from the LIONS !

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THE RUMBLE JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER
February 20, 2024

THE RUMBLE JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER

Team Africa just received a huge boost with breaking news that Kagiso Bagwasi will be joining the fray at RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO. 
Bagwasi is a 5-0 pro and a former amateur standout. 
The Botswana boxer started his professional career in blazing fashion, winning three bouts in quick succession before calamity struck.
Bagwasi was the victim of a vicious knife attack, leaving him unconscious and in need of multiple surgeries.
It was doubtful whether the talented welterweight would be able to resume his career after bicep damage incurred in the incident, but Bagwasi shed the drama like it was a second skin. It's perhaps why he has earned the ring name "Reptile" !!
Kagiso resumed in 2O22,  and has been in stunning form - a shutout victory followed up by a stunning knockout win ( both on the road in Johannesburg) endorsed that the Reptile was better than ever !
This signing is a huge coup for Team Africa, and it will take a supernatural performance from any opponent to beat Kagiso Bagwasi on his home turf !

#rumbleintheokavango #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions #elordegym #elorde
"MARK YAP WILL DROP. THIS IS WAR !"
February 19, 2024

"MARK YAP WILL DROP. THIS IS WAR !"

The main event boxer that will face the Philippines' Mark John Yap has made the bold prediction that he will drop his counterpart at least once in next month's headliner.
This is a view that's endorsed by many in Africa that think Yap will age overnight, and that he doesn't have the speed or legs to go with his younger opponent. 

"Africa is different man. It's really hot here, we are used to it. And we have lots to deal with every day, fighting is what we love, and to have old men come to our backyard and beat us ? C'mon man, that just not gonna happen. 
Yah eish we are lions and we hungry !
Yap is a good fighter, but he won't be good against me. But respect - I know he will try hard, he will do his best to make it good for the people watching"

Moabi Ngaka heads a team of 11 boxers from the African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe to fight in Maun on March 30th. 
Mark John Yap and Moabi Ngaka will compete for the World Boxing Foundation title at 130lb. 

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Maun Stadium Botswana Africa 
Saturday March 30th 

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HAFENI NGESHEYA: "OKAY - LET'S RUMBLE !"
February 17, 2024

HAFENI NGESHEYA: "OKAY - LET'S RUMBLE !"

The African nations are renowned for their athletic talent, and RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO will showcase many of the continent's best emerging stars.
Namibia 🇳🇦 Lightweight prospect Hafeni Ngesheya is known in his country as "The Mexican" - courtesy of his dogged and relentless style, and his penchant for body assaults.
The 25 year old was one of the first boxers selected for Team Africa, a squad that comprises countries South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
Ngesheya is unbeaten in his professional career, boasting 6-0 with 3 knockouts on his resume, and he is just getting started ! 
RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO presents another exciting challenge and opportunity for the Namibian prospect, who was impressive in his two wins in the back end of 2023.
And the challenge and opportunity are extremely real (and formidable) - Ngesheya will take on the "Hanoi Hitman" Nguyen Van Hai - a real cornerstone for Team Asia.
But Namibia 🇳🇦 are known for great fighters, and you have to suspect that when Hafeni Ngesheya steps into that ring on March 30th, we will be left in no doubt as to why this hot prospect is called THE MEXICAN !!

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Maun Stadium Botswana 🇧🇼 
Saturday March 30th 

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TEAM ASIA MEETS TEAM AFRICA
February 16, 2024

TEAM ASIA MEETS TEAM AFRICA

 Former opponents - Vietnam's Thai Hoang Huy and Botswana's Moabi Ngaka, will meet again next month at a huge celebration of boxing in Africa.
RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO showcases many of the most promising boxers from the African nations, and pairs them with champions from the Philippines 🇵🇭, China 🇨🇳, India 🇮🇳 and Vietnam 🇻🇳. 
Moabi "The Eagle" Ngaka is scheduled to fight the main event, a WBF International title match with one of the Philippines best performed international stars - Mark John Yap. 
Thai Hoang Huy will be the least experienced of four Vietnam boxers who have been included in the TEAM ASIA squad. 
Despite taking up boxing only 18 months ago, Huy has wasted no time, racking up 4 wins in 6 bouts in the space of a year. Not one to avoid a challenge, Huy will appear in the opening match against Namibia's highly promising David Kapusu, who scored impressively at his much awaited debut.

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Live from Maun Stadium Botswana, Africa 
Saturday night March 30

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PHILIPPINES BOXING'S "NEW BREED"
February 15, 2024

PHILIPPINES BOXING'S "NEW BREED"

Take a good look at this picture.
Can you pick the FUTURE STARS ??

Welcome in the next crop of young talent !

This is the ULTIMATE KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE 
The Flash Grand Ballroom Elorde Sports Centre 
Parañaque City Manila 
Friday March 1st
ESTRADA PICTURE PERFECT AT WEIGH-IN
February 12, 2024

ESTRADA PICTURE PERFECT AT WEIGH-IN

VSP regular JonJon "the Wolverine" Estrada returns to the ring in Pasay City Manila tomorrow night. 
The cult status boxer has fought on many VSP shows in Manila, and also performed in an exhibition bout at Ho Tram Vietnam in late 2022 against local hopeful Thai Hoang Huy. 
Estrada was controversially beaten by split decision against top level Jhon Gemino at his most recent outing, after having a point deducted for landing a "low blow".
The Wolverine is desperate to make amends for that "loss", so expect carnage in tomorrow's bout with Alvin Medura.

Weights from Midas Hotel and Casino, Pasay City, Philippines –

 Undercard Bouts(Gaballo-Pharob):

Featherweight Bout (6 rounds):
David Santisima: 124.8 lbs
Sandy Volante: 127.1 lbs

Super Flyweight Bout (4 rounds):
Abubakar Yanon: 112.8 lbs
Marsolo Pandian: 114.5 lbs

Lightweight Bout (6 rounds):
Yesimuhan Yeerkan: 142.4 lbs
Bryan Macamay: 141.6 lbs

Super Lightweight Bout (6 rounds):
Jino Rodrigo: 138.8 lbs
Monico Laurente: 133.5 lbs

Super Flyweight Bout (6 rounds):
Judy Flores: 118.6 lbs
Dennis Gaviola: 114.2 lbs

Lightweight Bout (6 rounds):
Jon Jon Estrada: 126.2 lbs
Alvin Medura: 126.2 lbs

Lightweight Bout (4 rounds):
Randy Tanondra: 135.5 lbs
Marven Malunes: 134.5 lbs

#vspboxing #elordegym #vsppromotions #rumbleintheokavango
THERE'S NO SUCH WORD AS CAN'T !!
February 12, 2024

THERE'S NO SUCH WORD AS CAN'T !!

Filipino pride Manny"pac man" Pacquiao responds to those who say he is too old to return to the ring

🗣️"Thank you to every person who has told me I can't. 
You are just another reason I will!"
WOLVERINE BACK AT THE "OFFICE"
February 13, 2024

WOLVERINE BACK AT THE "OFFICE"

JonJon Estrada in inimitable form at the weigh-in just moments ago, ahead of tomorrow night's great card in Pasay City. 

Estrada takes on the heavy handed Alvin Medura in a 6 round featherweight bout.
This is expected to be a smorgasbord of unbridled violence, as the Wolverine looks to redress a contentious last start defeat at the hands of Jhon Gemino. 
A knockout result by either fighter would be no surprise, with the Wolverine being favoured to be last man standing !

Estrada will stay busy in 2024 - next month he heads to Botswana to be part of an All Stars Asian team that will fight African nations in the RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO on March 30th.

#rumbleintheokavango #vspboxing #VSPPromotions #elordegym #Sanman #Webthethao
AFRICA'S BIGGEST EVER BOXING EVENT !!
February 13, 2024

AFRICA'S BIGGEST EVER BOXING EVENT !!

The Philippines Mark John Yap, Arnel Baconaje, JonJon Estrada and Vietnam legend Nguyễn Văn Hải are already on board for what will be the biggest show ever held in Africa. 
Many of Africa's best boxers are ready to welcome a hot Team Asia which will include the Philippines 🇵🇭, China 🇨🇳, India 🇮🇳 and Vietnam 🇻🇳. 

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Maun Stadium Botswana 
Saturday March 30th 
Fight card announcements coming soon !

#rumbleintheokavango #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions #elordegym #elorde
MIDAS HOTEL CASINO PASAY CITY MANILA
February 13, 2024

MIDAS HOTEL CASINO PASAY CITY MANILA

Weigh in and face off today  !
VSP wishes lots of luck to THE WOLVERINE JonJon Estrada and Jino Rodrigo  - and all the other great boxers that are weighing in today. 

Fight card:
▪️Reymart Gaballo vs. Phai Pharob, 10 rounds, bantamweight
▪️KJ Cataraja vs. Jun Blazo, 8 rounds, junior bantamweight
▪️Jino Rodrigo vs. Monico Laurente, 8 rounds, junior welterweight
▪️Judy Flores vs. Dennis Gaviola, 6 rounds, junior bantamweight
▪️Yesimuhan Yeerken vs. Bryan Macamay, 6 rounds, junior welterweight
▪️Jon Jon Estrada vs. Alvin Medura, 6 rounds, featherweight
▪️David Santisima vs. Sandy Volante, 6 rounds, featherweight
▪️Abubakar Yanon vs. Marsolo Pandian, 4 rounds, junior bantamweight
▪️Randy Tanodra vs. Marven Malunes, 4 rounds, junior welterweight

#Sanman #elorde #elordegym #vsppromotions #VSPPromotions #rumbleintheokavango #vspboxing
TEOFIMO LOPEZ SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE
February 9, 2024

TEOFIMO LOPEZ SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE

Teofimo Lopez's junior welterweight title defense against Jamaine Ortiz ended in a unanimous-decision victory for Lopez which elicited constant boos from the Mandalay Bay crowd. Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) prevailed via scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.
BOTSWANA SET TO WELCOME THE WOLVERINE
February 6, 2024

BOTSWANA SET TO WELCOME THE WOLVERINE

 JonJon Estrada has some of the heaviest hands in the Philippines - and has the knockout stats to cure anyone's insomnia !
The predatory featherweight isn't known for his subtlety ot silky skills, but moreso for his ability to club opponents into submission. 
And he's good at it too - 82% of the Wolverine's 17 victims have ended in a slumber. 
Estrada fights heavy handed Alvin Medura next week in a prelude to a big international bout in the African jewel of Botswana on March 30th. And whilst it never pays to overlook an opponent, the Wolverine is planning to make Medura feel the wrath of a man who was controversially "beaten" at his most recent bout.
Estrada took on the high ranking Jhon Gemino in a rugged bout where he appeared to significantly outwork and outland Gemino, only to have a point deducted controversially for a low blow. The penalty made the difference, and the Wolverine was edged by split decision. 
The Wolverine has vowed to make a statement in Pasay City next week, and then turn his attention to the Okavango delta.
JonJon Estrada will be part of a team out of Asia that will go head to head with some of Africa's most exciting fighters. 
As for excitement, fans of the Wolverine know, he never fails to bring the BIG DRAMA SHOW !
Big news on the RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO event on Saturday March 30th coming soon !

#rumbleintheokavango #vietnamboxingorganization #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions
YAP PUTTING MILES IN THE LEGS FOR AFRICA
February 4, 2024

YAP PUTTING MILES IN THE LEGS FOR AFRICA

African boxers are famed for their athleticism, their cat like reflexes, but even moreso, their crazy endurance.
Their boxers have great lungs, which makes them ever so hard to beat in longer fights.
And Mark John Yap heads to Botswana on March 30th for a leg sapping 10 round classic with local star Moabi Ngaka. 
Ngaka is fabled for his cardio, and rises at 4am to knock off 20km road runs before the sun beats hard. 
Well two can play at that game !
The "Journey Man" Mark John Yap competed in the Cagayan de Oro "marathon" earlier today, landing a top five finish in the 10km road race. And the good news is, he was doing his best work at the finish. 
Yap will spearhead a top international team in Botswana Africa next month, and is adament that he will have the legs to go with a younger and hungry Moabi Ngaka. 
Ngaka has already raised eyebrows stating he will drop Yap, and make a statement win that will shock Asia.
But dropping Yap will be no easy feat !
Mark John Yap has 34 wins on his resume, with his only losses in recent years being against unbeaten and world rated opponents. Often these were bouts taken at extremely short notice, or out of his weight class. He also has plenty of firepower of his own, sending 17 opponents to the canvas.
The war of words has only just begun !

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO  
Saturday March 30th Maun Stadium 

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WE MOURN TOGETHER AS A BOXING COMMUNITY.
February 3, 2024

WE MOURN TOGETHER AS A BOXING COMMUNITY.

Japanese boxer Kazuki Anaguchi has died as a result of injuries suffered in his bout against Seiya Tsutsumi on the undercard of Naoya Inoue on December 26th. Japanese Boxing Commission announced on Friday of his death. Anaguchi was 23 years old. There will be a time when we discuss how we can avoid such tragedy from happening again but for now, we mourn his passing together as a boxing community.
AFRICA TO HEAR THE ROAR OF THE SILENCER
February 1, 2024

AFRICA TO HEAR THE ROAR OF THE SILENCER

Hot on the heels of news of Mark John Yap headlining a card in Botswana on March 30th, comes word that Arnel "the Silencer" Baconaje will also be joining the party.
In what is expected to be an iconic celebration of multi national boxing, the "RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO" will showcase many of Africa's rising talents from countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. 
Baconaje is one of the Philippines elite, and as a former RP national champion, he is expected to fly the flag high come March 30th.
News on The Silencer's opponent and the full fightcard will be breaking soon.

#rumbleintheokavango #vietnamboxingorganization #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions
NGUYEN VAN HAI - DANANG
January 29, 2024

NGUYEN VAN HAI - DANANG

The "Hanoi Hitman" Nguyen Van Hai will return to the ring in Hoi An this March.
Hai, who has scored two sensational KNOCKOUT victories in recent fights, will be shooting for the WBO Oriental title against a top level international opponent.
Breaking news on this exciting fight coming soon.
VSP PROMOTIONS GOES ON SAFARI
January 30, 2024

VSP PROMOTIONS GOES ON SAFARI

The river town of Maun in the African country of Botswana is the gateway to the Okavango delta.
This is a lush wildlife habitat steeped in rich history, and known as possessing some of the most beautiful wetlands in the world. 
It is also home to some of the most deadly and dangerous animals on the planet !

And they don't get more gnarly and fierce than Cagayan de Oro son MARK JOHN YAP !!

Yap has earned the monicker of the "Journey Man" and he truly lives up to that reputation this coming March.
Mark John Yap heads to the backyard of Botswana champion Moabi Ngaka on a seek and destroy mission, and will headline a huge international event.
The "Rumble in the Okavango" show will be the biggest boxing in African history, and will include stars from the Philippines, China, Vietnam and India - pitted against Botswana’s hungry lions.

There is already massive interest out of Botswana to bet any amount of money to say that their boy will drop Mark John Yap to the canvas. 
Is it possible ???

#vietnamboxingorganization #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions #rumbleintheokavango
VBO RULES MEETING IS IN PROGRESS !!
January 26, 2024

VBO RULES MEETING IS IN PROGRESS !!

The Grand Ho Tram showcases another big international event tomorrow night in Vung Tau.
The rules for all fighters, coaches and assistants were explained at this morning's meeting by Dr. Lim Song of the Vietnam Boxing Organisation - which is the accredited regulator of professional boxing in Vietnam.
Tomorrow night's show is brought to you by Cocky Buffalo Promotions.
MARK JOHN YAP CONTINUES THE "JOURNEY"
January 25, 2024

MARK JOHN YAP CONTINUES THE "JOURNEY"

Big news breaking soon on the next fight for Mark John Yap THE JOURNEY MAN !!

It's BIG, and you will be surprised where he is headed !
NEXT FIGHT IS IN HO TRAM ON 27/1
January 22, 2024

NEXT FIGHT IS IN HO TRAM ON 27/1

2024 has just begun and already 2 major international fights organized by Cocky Buffalo for January. Vietnam Boxing Organization looks forward to the day when more Vietnamese boxers will fight for regional titles.

Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, and Taiwan.  

VBO welcomes first boxers from Taiwan to Vietnam as a part of the ongoing cooperation with #PBC and #firstdrop promotion. We look forward to more opportunities between the two countries.

#vietnamboxingorganization #vbo #cockybuffalo #vietnamboxing
TAGPUNO JR TAKES FEROCIOUS DOWN UNDER
January 17, 2024

TAGPUNO JR TAKES FEROCIOUS DOWN UNDER

It's the ignominious start to a pro boxing career that many dread. 
It's the reason why all managers and promoters give their fighters easybeats when they first debut as professionals.
 
But there was no such soft path for "Ferocious" Fernando Tagpuno, who was to suffer defeats at his first two bouts when he met top flight Jonniel Laurente (8-1) and Daniel Nicolas (7-2).
The losses would make many question their career choice, but for Tagpuno Jr, he was simply emboldened.
VSP commented at the time that the performances were great, and despite the losses, this young fighter has a big future. 
But Fernando Tagpuno needed to respond, and he did so, with FEROCIOUS intent.
Tagpuno siezed those early lessons, and then used them to batter 7 subsequent opponents !!
THAT'S SEVEN KNOCKOUTS IN A ROW ! 
And there are some pretty decent names in that hit list !

"Ferocious" Fernando has been rewarded for his escalating displays of violence with a title shot on March 23rd in Australia. 
He is slated to take on outstanding indigenous prodigy Dana Coolwell for the IBO InterContinental Featherweight title in a bout that should blow the rafters off the Caloundra RSL Club.
"Deadly" Dana Coolwell rates as one of the most precocious talents in Aussie boxing, and was controversially defeated for a World Youth title while amasssing a 12-2 record. He is skilled, slick, and reminiscent of a young Paul Fleming.
The contrasting style of Tagpuno Jr will make it interesting - he brings pressure, and when he comes to your front door, he doesn't forget to knock. And he KNOCKS LOUD !!!
Great match up - Ferocious Fernando Tagpuno Jr v Deadly Dana Coolwell. Saturday March 23rd.
CHIẾN THẮNG NGHẸT THỞ CỦA TRẦN VĂN THẢO TRƯỚC VÕ SĨ TRUNG QUỐC
January 13, 2024

CHIẾN THẮNG NGHẸT THỞ CỦA TRẦN VĂN THẢO TRƯỚC VÕ SĨ TRUNG QUỐC

🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

Đối mặt võ sĩ trẻ Li Gui Ming, Trần Văn Thảo có được lợi thế nhờ các tình huống tấn công tốc độ ở những hiệp đầu tiên. Dù vậy, sức chịu đòn bất ngờ giúp Li Gui Ming vùng lên ở nữa cuối trận, buộc Thảo phải dùng chiến thuật di chuyển lùi chủ động ra đòn trước. Càng về những hiệp cuối, Trần Văn Thảo càng phải sử dụng các pha cắt góc, né tránh tối đa sức ép từ võ sĩ Trung Quốc.

Sau 8 hiệp đấu, Trần Văn Thảo giành chiến thắng đồng thuận trên cả ba bảng điểm của các giám định với tỷ số 78-74 78-72 77-75.

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VBO TAKES THE FIGHT TO FOREIGN SOIL !
January 13, 2024

VBO TAKES THE FIGHT TO FOREIGN SOIL !

Mr. Danrex Tapdasan of WBO and Dr. Lim Song of #VBO leads officials training for KBC, KBA, and KBC officials in Korea. This 2-days training saw veteran referee & judges from Korea as well as promoters and managers come together to learn about the latest unified boxing rules.  

As to why VBO is supervising an event in Korea with PBC, Dr. Lim Song said: "I am humbled that VBO is recognized by established international commissions such as PBC, KBC and KBF. It is important that VBO continue to actively engage international professional boxing community to develop more opportunities for our boxers, and that they are treated fairly when they fight overseas."  

#vietnamboxingorganization #VBO
DINH QUAN vs YOJI SAITO
January 11, 2024

DINH QUAN vs YOJI SAITO

Kể từ "biến cố" với chiếc cân dẫn tới việc phải từ bỏ chiếc đai vô địch IBF Châu Á hạng nhẹ (lightweight, 61kg) hồi cuối năm 2022, Đinh Hồng Quân đã không có thêm một lần thượng đài nào trong hơn một năm vừa qua.

Thế nhưng, có một điều chắc chắn anh đã khẳng định trong lần thượng đài tiếp theo: lên hạng super-lightweight (63,5kg).

Ở trận đấu trở lại tại WBO Title Match: War in Paradise ngày 13 tháng 1 tới đây, Quân sẽ chạm trán đối thủ Yoji Saito - võ sĩ 28 tuổi người Nhật Bản đang được xếp hạng 2,5 sao trên BoxRec. 

Nhìn qua bảng thành tích, Yoji Saito đang sở hữu 5 trận thắng - 4 trận thua cùng 2 kết quả hòa. Điểm đáng chú ý ở tiểu sử của võ sĩ người Nhật Bản chính là việc anh đều kết thúc các đối thủ trong những trận thắng của mình, và mới chỉ bị knockout một lần hồi tháng 3 năm ngoái.

Vậy, Đinh Hồng Quân có lợi thế nào trước tay đấm người Nhật.

Đầu tiên, Yoji Saito là võ sĩ thường xuyên thi đấu ở hạng super-featherweight, 59kg). Tức ở màn so tài sắp tới, anh sẽ phải tăng hai hạng cân, trong khi Quân chỉ phải lên một hạng cân.

Thứ hai, Đinh Hồng Quân đã trải qua các trận đấu kéo dài từ 10 tới 12 hiệp trong ba lần thượng đài gần nhất. Do đó, thể lực ở cuộc đối đầu kéo dài 8 hiệp sắp tới cùng Yoji Saito sẽ không phải vấn đề quá lớn.

Đó là thông tin trên bảng thành tích. Về thực tế, Yoji Saito là võ sĩ có lối đánh tấn công vũ bão ngay từ những hiệp đầu trận. Bằng chứng là 5 trận thắng knockout của võ sĩ này đều chủ yếu diễn ra trong các hiệp 1 và 2, trận thắng gần nhất cũng chỉ kéo dài tới hiệp 5.

Trái lại, hai trận thua gần đây của võ sĩ người Nhật Bản đều đến từ việc anh bị suy giảm thể lực trong các hiệp đấu cuối, dẫn tới việc mất thế trận hoặc bị knockout. 

Không quá khó để nhận ra, với một đối thủ ở hạng cân trên và thường xuyên đấu nhiều hiệp như Đinh Hồng Quân, Yoji Saito sẽ cố gắng tạo áp lực ngay từ đầu hòng chiếm lĩnh điểm số. Đây sẽ là thử thách cho võ sĩ của Việt Nam khi phải thích nghi lại với việc thi đấu 8 hiệp, nơi Quân không có nhiều thời gian để thăm do hay thích nghi chiến thuật như các trận tranh đai. 

WBO Title Match: War in Paradise sẽ bắt đầu lúc 16h00 ngày 13 tháng 1 theo giờ Việt Nam. Sự kiện sẽ được phát sóng trực tiếp trên các nền tảng của Fanpage - Youtube của Webthethao.vn

#vietnamboxingorganization #cockybuffalo #VSPPromotions 

#Webthethao #WBO #WarinParadise #VoThuat
Đinh Hồng Quân
January 11, 2024

Đinh Hồng Quân

Đinh Hồng Quân là một trong những võ sĩ chuyên nghiệp nổi bật của Boxing Việt Nam. Tay đấm sinh năm 1998 từng giành chức vô địch IBF Châu Á năm 2022 với một trận bảo vệ đai thành công.

Đối thủ của Hồng Quân sẽ là võ sĩ người Nhật Bản Yoji Saito. Đây là tay đấm đã có 5 chiến thắng sau 10 lần thượng đài. Đặc biệt, tất cả các trận thắng của Yoji Saito đều bằng knock-out.

Trận đấu này sẽ đánh dấu sự trở lại của Đinh Hồng Quân ở hạng cân mới là hạng Super Lightweight (63,5kg) sau khi mất đai vô địch IBF vào cuối năm 2022. Chắc chắn võ sĩ của Việt Nam sẽ rất khao khát được thể hiện mình sẽ lấy lại niềm tin từ người hâm mộ.

#webthethao #WBOTitleMatch #DinhHongQuan
Trần Văn Thảo in Korea
January 11, 2024

Trần Văn Thảo in Korea

Trần Văn Thảo - Đại diện đầu tiên của Việt Nam góp mặt tại giải đấu WBO Title Match: War in Paradise sẽ có màn so găng hứa hẹn vô cùng hấp dẫn với tay đấm người Trung Quốc Li Gui Ming diễn ra vào ngày 13/1 tới đây!

Hãy cùng điểm qua một chút thông số của cả 2 võ sĩ trước trận ở graphic dưới đây nhé!

#vietnamboxingorganization #cockybuffalo #WARINPARADISE #vsppromotions 

#Webthethao #WBO #WarinParadise #VoThuat
Trần Văn Thảo - Đinh Hồng Quân cập bến Hàn Quốc
January 11, 2024

Trần Văn Thảo - Đinh Hồng Quân cập bến Hàn Quốc

Trần Văn Thảo - Đinh Hồng Quân cập bến Hàn Quốc, chuẩn bị cho buổi cân kí WBO Title Match: War in Paradise

Sáng ngày 11/1, hai võ sĩ Trần Văn Thảo và Đinh Hồng Quân đã cùng ban huấn luyện và các đồng đội team Cocky Buffalo cập bến thành phố Incheon, Hàn Quốc vào lúc 9h địa phương (tức 7h sáng Việt Nam) dưới cái lạnh -1 độ thấu xương, sau chuyến bay kéo dài 5 tiếng để chuẩn bị cho sự kiện WBO Title Match: War in Paradise. Cả hai sẽ có một ngày chuẩn bị trước buổi cân kí chính thức vào sáng ngày 12/1.

Ở ngày thi đấu 13/1, Trần Văn Thảo sẽ gặp đối thủ người Trung Quốc Li Gui Ming ở hạng bantamweight (53,5kg). Trong khi đó, Đinh Hồng Quân sẽ có trận đấu đầu tiên ở hạng super-lightweight (63,5kg) trước đối thủ Yoji Sato (Nhật Bản)

#Webthethao #WarinParadise #TranVanThao #DinhHongQuan #Vietnam
IMPORTANT NOTICE
January 9, 2024

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Your professional boxing career is important.  This means making sure your fight record is accepted by international commissions.  BoxRec is becoming the official record keeper for professional boxing for many international organizations.  BoxRec is also the official record keeper for VBO.  This means if you work with VBO, your record will be recognized by BoxRec.
Nhà vô địch IBA thế giới Trần Văn Thảo
January 9, 2024

Nhà vô địch IBA thế giới Trần Văn Thảo

Nhà vô địch IBA thế giới Trần Văn Thảo (16 thắng, 1 thua, 10 thắng bằng knock-out) sẽ đối đầu võ sĩ người Trung Quốc Li Gui Ming (5 thắng, 4 thua, 1 bằng knock-out) ở hạng cân 53,5kg.

Trước đó hồi tháng 11 năm 2023, Văn Thảo đã có chiến thắng mãn nhãn bằng tính điểm trước võ sĩ dày dặn người Mexico Kenbun Torres tại sự kiện WBO Global Title Match diễn ra tại The Grand Ho Tram Strip (Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu) sau 12 hiệp đấu căng thẳng. Đối thủ Gui Ming Li của Trần Văn Thảo năm nay mới 23 tuổi, đã thượng đài 10 trận và được trang BoxRec đánh giá 1,5 sao cùng vị trí Top 4 trong số 24 võ sĩ chuyên nghiệp tại Trung Quốc.

Trần Văn Thảo là võ sĩ Boxing chuyên nghiệp đầu tiên tại Việt Nam. Thi đấu từ năm 2015, Văn Thảo đã đánh bại nhiều đối thủ tới từ Thái Lan, Philippines, Indonesia. Anh cũng là võ sĩ đầu tiên giành được một danh hiệu chuyên nghiệp với đai WBC Asia Interim năm 2017. 

Hiện tại, Trần Văn Thảo đang được xếp hạng 2 sao trên BoxRec cùng vị trí Top 1 hạng cân 53,5kg tại Việt Nam; hạng 103 trên 1053 võ sĩ cùng hạng cân trên toàn thế giới.

#webthethao #WBOTitleMatch #TranVanThao #cockybuffalo
TRAN VAN THAO - KOREA JANUARY 13TH
January 6, 2024

TRAN VAN THAO - KOREA JANUARY 13TH

Trào đón năm 2024 với trận đấu tại Hàn Quốc 🇰🇷
Việt Nam 🇻🇳 vs 🇨🇳 Trung Quốc

Inspector: Mr.Lim Song VBO Samson Iu PBC
Promoter: Cocky Buffalo Promotions
VIET "DOUBLE TROUBLE" KOREA JANUARY 13TH
January 3, 2024

VIET "DOUBLE TROUBLE" KOREA JANUARY 13TH

Two of Vietnam's best performed professional boxers Tran Van Thao and Dinh Hong Quân will star at a big event in Korea next week. 
"War in Paradise" will take place at the Paradise City Casino in Incheon, courtesy of the efforts of prolific promoter Cocky Buffalo. 
The event will be supervised by Mr. Lim Song of Vietnam Boxing Organization and Mr. Samson Iu of PBC Macau. 

#cockybuffalo #vietnamboxingorganization #vbo #vspboxing #vsppro
VBO Report for 2023
January 3, 2024

VBO Report for 2023

Vietnam Boxing Organization publishes its performance for 2023.
GARDE FOR WBO GLOBAL TILT JAN 13
January 1, 2024

GARDE FOR WBO GLOBAL TILT JAN 13

Richard Garde to challenge WBO Global in Korea
*story courtesy Lito delos Reyes

ORTHODOX Richard Garde from Cotabato Province will be fighting DianXing Zhu of China for the World Boxing Organization Global minimumweight title on January 13 at the Paradise City in Incheon, South Korea.

It will be the first time for Garde to fight outside the country.

The 29-year-old Garde (8-1-0, 7KOs) has won five of his last fights since November 2022.

Garde previously won the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation minimumweight title by knocking out Roslan Eco of Misamis Oriental in the 5th round last October 22, 2023 at the President Roxas Gym in President Roxas, Cotabato Province.

Zhu (11-1-0, 10KOs), on the other hand, has won his last six bouts since September 2020.

Zhu will be defending his WBO Global minimumweight title for the first time against Garde since he wrested it via a TKO against Sanchai Yotboon in the 3rd round last November 18, 2023 at The Grand Ho Tram Strip in Vung Tau, China.

Zhu earlier took the vacant WBC Asia Silver light flyweight title by a technical knockout over Narathin Sungut of Thailand in the 1st round at Sasakul Gym in Lam Luk Ka, Thailand in March 27, 2023.

He defended it by stopping Shane “Sugar Shane” Gentallan of Bohol in the 10th round last May 6, 2023 at Guindulman Civic Center in Guindulaman.

The fight of Garde-Zhu in South Korea will be promoted by Sang Bum Kim of the Cocky Buffalo Promotion.

The inspectors are Samson Iu and Lim Song.
WHAT'S COMING IN 2024 ????
December 29, 2023

WHAT'S COMING IN 2024 ????

While everyone is sleeping off the effects of too much food and beer - some of us are still working !!
Mr. Sang Bum Kim of Cocky Buffalo has been a great supporter to the fight industry and Vietnam boxers this year, and the big news is, he will be doing an iconic International show at Paradise City Korea on January 13th 2024.

This event will highlight three of Vietnam's best professionals - Nguyễn Văn Hải, Tran Van Thao and Dinh Hong Quân. 
These boxers are all booked in for huge bouts with foreign opponents, most notably Nguyễn Văn Hải. The "Hanoi Hitman" will take on Philippines 🇵🇭 star Genesis Servania, a winner of 33 of 36 fights.
Also appearing on the card is a very popular recent visitor to both Vietnam and VSP Gym - 🇧🇼 Botswana’s Moabi Ngaka.  
"The Eagle" will fight in Korea as a prelude to a big event planned for Maun Botswana on March 30th. Vietnam boxers will be represented at this show also.
More exciting developments coming soon.

#CockyBuffalo #vspgym #vietnamboxingorganization #vspboxing #vsppro #boxingvietnam #VSPPromotions #Webthethao #quickom
"MONSTER" INOUE REIGNS SUPREME
December 26, 2023

"MONSTER" INOUE REIGNS SUPREME

Result from Tokyo, Japan:
🇯🇵 Naoya Inoue becomes undisputed super bantamweight champion with 10th-round KO of 🇵🇭 Marlon Tapales.
NGUYỄN VĂN TÌNH EM WINS ON DEBUT !
December 25, 2023

NGUYỄN VĂN TÌNH EM WINS ON DEBUT !

It wasn't pretty - but it was a lot of fun !
The loudest cheers of the night were for 18 year old Nguyễn Văn Tinh Em, who produced a high octane performance to outwork his opponent and win his first professional bout.
The win was even more amazing considering Nguyễn Văn Tinh Em has only been boxing for less than one year.
More wins to come.
GREAT JOB BOYS !
December 24, 2023

GREAT JOB BOYS !

Big thanks to the gentleman from the Vietnam Boxing Organization for their services at last night's VSP PRO 11 event.
Regulating professional boxing from within Vietnam is relatively new, and shows like last night are a great chance for both the boxers and the officials to build skills.
Thank you very much to Lim Song and the team at VBO for guiding us this year.
Hoping for big things in Vietnam 🇻🇳 boxing in 2024.

#vspboxing #vietnamboxingorganization #vspgym #vsppro #VSPPromotions #boxingvietnam
WHO NEEDS CHRISTMAS ???
December 25, 2023

WHO NEEDS CHRISTMAS ???

When you've got Inoue v Tapales ready to go !
Today's weigh in : Inoue 121.6 Tapales 121.2

On Tuesday, ​WBC/WBO junior featherweight titlist Naoya Inoue will face IBF/WBA counterpart Marlon Tapales in a 12-round contest at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

​The two will meet to decide who will claim the vacant Ring Magazine belt and become the undisputed champion at 122 pounds.

Inoue, The Ring’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, has devoured all put before him en route to claiming world titles at 108, 115, 118 and 122 pounds. The big-punching Japanese “Monster” has confirmed his moniker in demolishing the likes of Omar Narvaez (KO 2), Jamie McDonnell (TKO 1), Juan Carlos Payano (KO 1) and Emmanuel Rodriguez (KO 2). However, it’s his pair of triumphs over four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire that provided Inoue with considerable acclaim. He edged Donaire (UD 12) in an instant classic that was later named 2019 Fight of the Year by The Ring, then stopped him in the second round of their rematch.

Inoue became the undisputed bantamweight champion when he dominated and stopped Paul Butler in 11 one-sided rounds. With nothing left to conquer at 118, Inoue moved up in weight and looked just as impressive as ever bludgeoning Stephen Fulton (TKO 8), the consensus No. 1-rated junior featherweight, to add the WBC and WBO belts to his growing list of accolades.

Tapales, The Ring’s No. 2-rated junior featherweight, worked his way up through the ranks in the Philippines before narrowly losing to David Sanchez (MD 12) in Mexico in 2013. In late 2015, he upset the previously unbeaten Shohei Omari (TKO 2) in a WBO bantamweight title eliminator in Japan. He then headed to Thailand and twice got off the canvas to stop Pungluang Sor Singyu (TKO 11) to pick up the belt. In his first defense, Tapales went back to Japan to face Omari in a rematch. Although he missed weight and was stripped of his title, he was able to stop Omari in the 11th round.

Over a year of inactivity followed, but Tapales returned with three wins before losing to Ryosuke Iwasa (TKO 11) in an IBF 122-pound title eliminator. He bounced back with three more wins, including an impressive stoppage over Hiroaki Teshigawara (TKO 2) in an IBF eliminator. He then met Murodjon Akhmadaliev in April 2023 for the IBF and WBA titles and surprised the defending champion by winning a 12-round split decision.

Inoue (25-0, 22 knockouts) is at the peak of his powers. He appears to be the more powerful man as well as the better boxer. Might this lead to overconfidence? It’s difficult to see what Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs) can do to beat Inoue. Perhaps he can show toughness, make it into a dogfight and hope to land something that can do some damage? While Inoue is expected to not just win but dominate, can he possibly be as awe-inspiring as he was against Fulton? Tapales has wanted this fight since he upset Akhmadaliev earlier this year. Do he and his team see a weakness in Inoue’s armor?
NGUYỄN TRUNG KHÁN RISES FROM THE DEAD
December 24, 2023

NGUYỄN TRUNG KHÁN RISES FROM THE DEAD

"It's not how we fall - it's how we get up again"
Crazy scenes in the undercard match last night when whiz kid Nguyễn Trung Khan got dropped hard in the final seconds of the opening round.
The knockdown meant Khan was behind 10-8 on the scorecards, and now needed to win all 3 remaining rounds to be victorious. 
Not an easy task when your opponent is NGUYỄN XUÂN HIẾU !!!
But junior champion Khan kept his cool, and went on to score a memorable debut win !
VSP PRO #11: Dương Đức Bảo vs. Phạm Bá Hợi - 53kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Dương Đức Bảo vs. Phạm Bá Hợi - 53kg

Trận đấu tâm điểm của sự kiện chứng kiến tay đấm Dương Đức Bảo - HCV Muay trẻ thế giới 2022, người từng thắng knockout thuyết phục trước võ sỹ nhiều kinh nghiệm Lương Nguyễn Công Khải, so găng với nhà vô địch kickboxing SEA Games 30 Phạm Bá Hợi.

Dù rất được trông đợi nhưng sự cẩn trọng của hai võ sỹ khiến tốc độ trận đấu tương đối chậm. Hai hiệp đầu tiên không võ sỹ nào vượt trội hay tung ra được đòn đấm thực sự nặng ký. Những tình huống jab hay đấm móc trúng đích hiếm hoi dường như chia đều cho cả hai võ sỹ.

Ở hai hiệp cuối cùng kịch bản không thay đổi. Bá Hợi có một vài tình huống móc trái chất lượng và 1 cú upper-cut nhưng tiếc là chỉ đi trúng phần trán của Đức Bảo. Phải đến khoảng 2 phút cuối Đức Bảo mới tăng tốc áp sát và liên tục ra đòn khiến Bá Hợi khá vất vả phòng thủ, nhưng đột biến cũng không đến ở thời khắc này.

Không võ sỹ nào thực sự vượt trội, không ngạc nhiên khi cả 3 giám định đều chấm điểm cân bằng 38-38, đồng nghĩa với kết quả hòa cho Bá Hợi - Đức Bảo.

#Webthethao #VSPBoxing #boxing #quyenanh
VSP PRO #11: Nguyễn Xuân Hiếu vs. Nguyễn Trung Khán - 49kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Nguyễn Xuân Hiếu vs. Nguyễn Trung Khán - 49kg

Trận áp chót của sự kiện thực sự gay cấn và suýt chút nữa có "địa chấn". Tay đấm trẻ tài năng Trung Khán nhanh chóng thể hiện kỹ thuật thi đấu cực tốt khi áp đảo Xuân Hiếu. Lối di chuyển thông minh cùng những combo đòn chất lượng, hiệu quả giúp Trung Khán tỏ ra vượt trội.

Nhưng bất ngờ đến ở cuối hiệp này khi Xuân Hiếu có cú móc trái nặng ký khiến Trung Khán ngã xuống sàn. Đòn knock-down của Xuân Hiếu khiến các khán giả thật sự phấn khích, dù nó chưa thể mang đến chiến thắng tức thì cho chủ nhân.

Bỏ lại phía sau "tai nạn" bất ngờ trên, nhìn chung cả 3 hiệp đấu còn lại Trung Khán đã thi đấu tốt hơn. Thể hình thấp không ngăn tay đấm trẻ này tung ra những cú đấm chất lượng giúp anh lội ngược dòng bằng chiến thắng bằng tính điểm không đồng thuận (2-1) trước Xuân Hiếu.

#Webthethao #VSPBoxing #boxing #quyenanh
VSP PRO #11: Huỳnh Đoàn Tuấn Thành vs. Nguyễn Văn Tình Em - 52kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Huỳnh Đoàn Tuấn Thành vs. Nguyễn Văn Tình Em - 52kg

Phong cách "ngổ ngáo", lối đánh xông xáo áp sát đầy năng lượng giúp Nguyễn Văn Tình Em gây ra nhiều áp lực cho đối thủ. Tuy vậy, nhìn về hiệu quả ra đòn thì Huỳnh Đoàn Tuấn Thành cũng không kém cạnh, dù liên tục phải di chuyển nhằm giữ cự ly hợp lý.

Kịch bản ở hiệp 2 tiếp tục chứng kiến Tình Em "tăng tốc" gây áp lực. Chi tiết đáng chú ý nhất ở hiệp này là khoảng thời gian 30 giây cuối khi Tình Em liên tục dồn ép Tuấn Thành vào 2 góc đài và tung ra các combo đòn.

Trận đấu thực sự "nóng" lên ở khoảng 1 phút rưỡi cuối hiệp 4 khi Tình Em áp ra ra đòn liên tục trong khi Tuấn Thành thể lực suy giảm chỉ có thể di chuyển liên tục né đòn hoặc phòng thủ chịu trận. Dù không tìm thấy đòn knock-out nhưng chung cuộc Tình Em vẫn có chiến thắng thuyết phục khi cả 3 giám định chấm thắng 39-37 cho tay đấm này.

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VSP PRO #11: Đỗ Văn Thiện Ngân vs. Nguyễn Việt Anh - 57kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Đỗ Văn Thiện Ngân vs. Nguyễn Việt Anh - 57kg

Đỗ Văn Thiện Ngân tiếp đón "tân binh" sàn VSP Pro Nguyễn Việt Anh bằng các tổ hợp đòn chất lượng, hiệu quả. Rõ ràng kinh nghiệm thi đấu ở VSP Pro cùng lối đánh linh hoạt giúp Thiện Ngân thi đấu hiệu quả hơn. Các tình huống ra đòn của Thiện Ngân chất lượng hơn hẳn tay đấm trẻ Việt Anh đến từ thành Nam. Đã không ít lần những đòn jab uy lực của Thiện Ngân không ít lần xuyên qua tay chắn đi trúng mặt Việt Anh.

Không bất ngờ khi Thiện Ngân giành chiến thắng tuyệt đối với điểm số 40-36 từ cả 3 giám định.

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VSP PRO #11: Đặng Đức Huyên vs. Hoàng Nguyễn Minh Quân - 67kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Đặng Đức Huyên vs. Hoàng Nguyễn Minh Quân - 67kg

Tay đấm Đặng Đức Huyên tỏ ra rất tự tin và "ngầu" với khả năng chịu đòn, nhưng thực tế anh cũng dính đòn nhiều hơn hẳn từ đối thủ Hoàng Nguyễn Minh Quân. Chủ động áp sát, kết hợp hiệu quả các combo đòn từ body-shot và đến các cú đấm móc vào vùng mặt, Minh Quân ghi điểm tốt hơn ở 2 hiệp đầu tiên.

Kịch bản không thay đổi ở 2 hiệp cuối khi Minh Quân vẫn giữ thế chủ động và cũng không cần quá vội vã để tìm đòn knock-out. Trong khi đó, cách trả đòn "lắt nhắt" không giúp Đức Huyên tạo ra bất ngờ. Kết quả chung cuộc Minh Quân thắng điểm tuyệt đối khi cả 3 giám định đều chấm 40-36 nghiêng về tay đấm này.

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VSP PRO #11: Nguyễn Ngọc Quyền vs. Nguyễn Triệu Vy - 79kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Nguyễn Ngọc Quyền vs. Nguyễn Triệu Vy - 79kg

Trận đấu "nặng ký" nhất ở VSP Pro chứng kiến một màn đôi công hấp dẫn khác. Ở hạng cân tới 79 kg, những đòn đánh của cả hai tay đấm Ngọc Quyền và Triệu Vy đều rất chất lượng. Trong 2 hiệp đầu tiên không có võ sỹ nào thực sự vượt trội, nhưng rõ ràng những đòn móc trái phải của Triệu Vy để lại ấn tượng tốt hơn.

Hiệp 3 chứng kiến Triệu Vy tích cực di chuyển áp sát và anh cũng có một cú tay sau và một đòn móc rất mạnh khiến gương mặt của Ngọc Quyền bật ra phía sau. Rõ ràng thể lực của Ngọc Quyền đã xuống nhanh và đòn đánh của anh cũng thiếu chuẩn xác trước khả năng áp sát của Triệu Vy. Kịch bản này kéo sang hiệp 4 và không ngạc nhiên khi Triệu Vy giành chiến thắng chung cuộc bằng tính điểm, dù Ngọc Quyền nỗ lực vùng lên ở khoảng 20 giây cuối.

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VSP PRO #11: Phạm Quốc Ngữ vs. Nguyễn Huỳnh Phúc Tiến - 55kg
December 22, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Phạm Quốc Ngữ vs. Nguyễn Huỳnh Phúc Tiến - 55kg

Hai tay đấm nhập cuộc rất tích cực và có hiệp 1 tưng bừng. Quốc Ngữ có cú over-hand khiến Phúc Tiến choáng váng, ngay sau đó không kém cạnh Phúc Tiến cũng ép đài và tung ra combo đòn chất lượng ghi điểm tốt.

Hiệp 2 chứng kiến 2 võ sỹ tiếp tục đổi đòn hấp dẫn. Quốc Ngữ tập trung vào đòn tay phải uy lực trong khi Phúc Tiến hiệu quả và tỏ ra nhỉnh hơn với combo đòn jab tay phải và tay sau cực tốt.

Trong 2 hiệp đấu cuối kịch bản không thay đổi khi cả hai không thể bứt hẳn lên và tìm thấy đòn knock-out quyết định. Chung cuộc, Phúc Tiến giành chiến thắng bằng tính điểm khi cả 3 giám định đều chấm 39-37 cho tay đấm này.

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VSP PRO #11: Trần Tấn Quang Đạo vs. Trương Hải Biền - 63.5kg
December 23, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Trần Tấn Quang Đạo vs. Trương Hải Biền - 63.5kg

Cuộc so găng thú vị giữa tay đấm được đánh giá "dày dạn kinh nghiệm sàn VSP Pro" Trần Tấn Quang Đạo với đối thủ mới 17 tuổi Trương Hải Biền. Sau hiệp đấu đầu tiên thăm dò, chủ động giữ cự ly, Quang Đạo bắt đầu điều chỉnh chiến thuật và ra đòn hiệu quả hơn hẳn ở hiệp 2. Những tình huống tung ra combo đòn ở cự ly trung bình và gần giúp Quang Đạo có thế trận lấn lướt hơn hẳn trước Hải Biền.

Bước vào hiệp 3, khá bất ngờ khi thế trận đảo chiều. Hải Biền áp sát, bắt nhịp tốt hơn và tung ra nhiều đòn đấm chất lượng, hiệu quả. Sự luống cuống từ phía Quang Đạo ở hiệp này khiến nhiều người phải bất ngờ.

Trong hiệp đấu cuối cùng, cả hai tích cực trao đổi đòn ở cự ly gần. Quang Đạo không để mất thế trận như ở hiệp 3 nhưng anh cũng không thể lấn lướt trước đàn em Hải Biền. Sự cân bằng kéo trận đấu tới bảng điểm phân định thắng bại và tại đây tay đấm 17 tuổi tiếp tục tạo ra bất ngờ với chiến thắng không đồng thuận (2-1). Phần thưởng xứng đáng cho Hải Biền.

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VSP PRO #11: Trần Xuân Hưng vs. Nguyễn Đức Hoàng Thông - 61kg
December 23, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Trần Xuân Hưng vs. Nguyễn Đức Hoàng Thông - 61kg

Trần Xuân Hưng nhỉnh hơn về chiều cao và dù mới 20 tuổi nhưng với kinh nghiệm tập các môn võ và 2 năm tập luyện thi đấm boxing giúp anh được đánh giá cao hơn đối thủ mới có gần 1 năm tập luyện Nguyễn Đức Hoàng Thông. Tuy vậy, rất ngạc nhiên khi Hoàng Thông thi đấu chững chạc và không ngại đôi công.

Sau hiệp 1 khá cân bằng, Hoàng Thông bất ngờ ép đài và tung ra loạt đòn cực nặng, đáng chú ý có cú upper-cut bằng tay phải nặng ký khiến Xuân Hưng choáng váng. Sau 1 phút 30 giây hiệp này, trọng tài buộc phải dừng trận đấu. Hoàng Thông giành chiến thắng knock-out kỹ thuật.

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VSP PRO #11: Lê Nguyễn Hoàng Long vs. Trần Tuấn Anh - 66kg
December 23, 2023

VSP PRO #11: Lê Nguyễn Hoàng Long vs. Trần Tuấn Anh - 66kg

Trần Tuấn Anh bù đắp sự non nớt kinh nghiệm bằng sự máu lửa, anh chủ động ép đài và có 1 cú móc phải chất lượng ở giữa hiệp 1. Tuy vậy, kinh nghiệm giúp Hoàng Long ghi điểm tốt hơn bằng những đòn phản công hiệu quả, từ đòn jab đến đòn tay sau.

Sự chênh lệch về kinh nghiệm càng thể hiện rõ hơn ở hiệp 2 khi Hoàng Long liên tiếp có những combo đòn ăn điểm cực tốt. Ngược lại, Tuấn Anh không thể tìm ra chiến thuật hợp lý để đối phó. Tình hình càng trở nên tồi tệ hơn cho "tân binh" Tuấn Anh khi anh liên tục dính những đòn móc trái phải cực nặng từ Hoàng Long. Thậm chí cuối hiệp 3 còn có cảm giác Tuấn Anh sắp sửa bị knock-out đến nơi.

Bước vào hiệp cuối, khi thể lực suy giảm Tuấn Anh gần như chịu trận. Anh liên tục dính đòn và chỉ có may mắn cùng ý chí mới giúp tay đấm này không "đo sàn" trước những combo đòn chất lượng của Hoàng Long. Chiến thắng bằng tính điểm đồng thuận tuyệt đối cho Hoàng Long không cần bàn cãi.

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