Saigon Fight Night

Epic first clash between top boxers from Vietnam going head to head against professional boxers from Australia, Sweden, and the Philippines. Will the Vietnamese boxers live up to the hype?

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November 3, 2018

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1/6/2023

MATEO TAPIA MEETS THE KING

Nov 3, 2018 #VSP organized the first #Victory8 event in Ho Chi Minh city.  

At the time, there was very little information available of Vietnamese boxers (not even on YouTube). We were searching high and low for local boxers. Then DJ Duy suggested a retired boxer named Truong Dinh Hoang. We couldn't pronounce his name so started to call him TDH and gave him a ring name "The King" to make it easier to remember.  We were worried how a retired Amateur boxer would do against a hot young professional boxer from Australia.  

Our worries quickly faded at the weigh in!  

The moment when TDH walked up to @mateo.tapia, we knew this would be a great fight!  

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Mateo Tapia who was 20 years old at the time is now undefeated #1 in Australia with 15wins (9KO), soon moving to the US to pursue world titles.  

TDH has since become a WBA Asia Champion on our 3rd Victory8 "Legends of Hoan Kiem".

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#vsppromotions #vspboxing #victory8boxing #vietnamboxing #ProfessionalBoxing #boxing #inspirational #nevergiveup

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1/5/2023

TIME TO GO PRO ????

@tue_tam_boxing (Nguyen Thi Tam) is definitely a girl that's got it all to make it as a professional boxer.  As an amateur, she swept top spots in Vietnam and abroad.  She is currently ranked #1 in the world in Boxrec as an amateur. There no more to prove in Amateur competitions.  Is it time for her to go pro?

#nguyenthitam #victory8boxing #vsppromotions #boxingtraining #professional #proboxing #girlboxer

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9/6/2022

NGUYỄN THI THU NHI THIS THURSDAY

Vietnam's Nhi will fight to unify world titles with Yokasta Valle in Costa Rica this Thursday.

Nhi holds the WBO title, whilst local cult status heroine Yokasta Valle owns the IBF version.

VSP Promotions have long been an admirer of Nhi, and she competed at our very first Victory8 event in HCMC. The Vietnam girl made headlines winning an exhibition match with retired world champ Gretchen Abaniel, and was awarded a $20,000 USD prize for her efforts !

Nhi has come a long way since then, and we wish her lots of good fortune in her next big challenge in Costa Rica.

GO NHI !!!!

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4/4/2022

LINN SANDSTROM DEBUT 2018

Recent Philippines visitor Linn Sandstrom made her pro "exhibition " debut in HCMC in late 2018.

This was very much "swimming with sharks" for Linn, who was matched with Vietnam national champion and SEA Games gold winner Nguyen Thi Tam. When this fight took place, Linn had been learning boxing for only 1.5 years!

Don't let it be said that Linn Sandstrom doesn't love a  decent challenge!

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12/29/2021

Nguyen Van Duong qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics

Trong phương hướng phát triển Boxing Việt Nam từ năm 2022, ông Vũ Đức Thịnh - Trưởng bộ môn Boxing-Kickboxing TCTDTTD cho rằng cần cải tổ và có cơ chế hợp tác để chuyên nghiệp hóa Boxing Việt Nam.

Bên cạnh các hoạt động của Boxing bán chuyên như việc tập trung lực lượng chuẩn bị cho SEA Games 31, ASIAD 19 sẽ diễn ra trong năm 2022, phương hướng phát triển nền Boxing chuyên nghiệp Việt Nam là một trong những chủ đề được quan tâm trong thời gian trở lại đây.


Cùng với các cấp quản lý nhà nước như Bộ môn Boxing - Tổng cục Thể dục thể thao hay Liên đoàn Boxing Việt Nam, sự xuất hiện của những đơn vị tư nhân đã thổi một làn gió mới vào quá trình đào tạo các võ sĩ chuyên nghiệp. Dù vậy, để có thể thực sự tổ chức một nền boxing nhà nghề thực thụ, Boxing Việt Nam cần có những thay đổi nào. Ông Vũ Đức Thịnh, trưởng bộ môn Boxing/Kickboxing, Tổng cục Thể dục thể thao đã có những chia sẻ về vấn đề này.

PV: Trong thời gian vừa qua, Boxing Việt Nam đã chứng kiến một số lần hợp tác giữa các đơn vị quản lý nhà nước với những đơn vị tư nhân, ông đánh giá thế nào về tính hiệu quả của sự hợp tác này?

Ông Vũ Đức Thịnh: Trước đây, bộ môn cũng đã làm việc với các trung tâm đào tạo võ sĩ chuyên nghiệp, như Nguyễn Văn Đương với VSP, Trương Đình Hoàng tại Saigon Sports Club. Các vận động viên được tập trung tập huấn, thi đấu nhiều và thể lực chuyên môn tăng lên rất tốt. Về trường hợp của Thu Nhi, tôi cũng đã sang Campuchia theo dõi trận đấu tranh đai WBO Châu Á – Thái Bình Dương. Tôi đánh giá Cocky Buffalo là đơn vị rất tâm huyết trong việc đưa các võ sĩ thi đấu chuyên nghiệp.

Một số vận động viên từ đội tuyển Quốc gia cũng từng tham gia các sự kiện do Cocky Buffalo tổ chức. Trong thời gian tới khi tình hình dịch bệnh được kiểm soát, chúng tôi sẽ làm việc lại với CLB để có phương án hỗ trợ vận động viên đội tuyển tập luyện, thi đấu chuyên nghiệp tăng tính cọ xát.

Nguyen Van Duong fighting for the Olympics qualifier

PV: Theo như nguyện vọng của một số đơn vị, ông có thấy cần phải đưa ra một cơ chế hợp tác chung, thay vì các trường hợp đơn lẻ như trước đây?

Ông Vũ Đức Thịnh: Về vấn đề này, đúng là cần có một cơ chế làm việc. Ví dụ như trường hợp của võ sĩ Nguyễn Văn Đương, khi kí hợp đồng với VSP để thi đấu chuyên nghiệp nhưng vẫn do đội tuyển Quốc gia quản lý. Có nhiều phương án, ví dụ như để võ sĩ kí hợp đồng thi đấu các sự kiện do công ty tổ chức nhằm tăng khả năng cọ xát. Hoặc các công ty cùng với đội tuyển chi trả lương cho võ sĩ tập luyện thi đấu song song.

PV: Lại nói về vấn đề chuyên nghiệp hóa Boxing Việt Nam trong thời gian qua, các đơn vị tư nhân cũng có tâm tư về những hạn chế trong việc phát triển Boxing chuyên nghiệp, ông có nhận định gì về vấn đề này?

Đặc biệt, trong thời gian tới, Boxing Việt Nam cần có những thay đổi gì để phù hợp với những cơ hội trước mắt?

Vu Duc Thinh talking about how to improve Vietnam Boxing

Ông Vũ Đức Thịnh: Quả thực, Việt Nam chưa tổ chức được các giải chuyên nghiệp, những sự kiện đã xuất hiện đều do những công ty, đơn vị tư nhân tự thân thực hiện. Như VSP với Victory 8, Cocky Buffalo chủ động đưa VĐV ra nước ngoài thi đấu, cách làm này rất tốt mà theo tôi các cơ quan quản lý cũng cần chung tay thực hiện.

Trên thực tế, Liên đoàn Quyền Anh Việt Nam đã có tổ chức Ban chuyên nghiệp để thực hiện những công tác trên. Tuy nhiên trong thời gian vừa qua, Ban chuyên nghiệp theo tôi đánh giá hoạt động vẫn chưa hiệu quả và không đóng góp được gì vào công tác chuyên nghiệp hóa cho Boxing Việt Nam.

Thời gian tới, khi Liên đoàn Quyền Anh Việt Nam tổ chức kiện toàn lại bộ máy, theo tôi, ta có thể chọn ra một trong số các công ty có năng lực, tiếp xúc những Liên đoàn quốc tế để tổ chức các sự kiện chuyên nghiệp.

Tôi đã từng làm việc với một số đơn vị, nếu ta giao công tác của Ban chuyên nghiệp cho đơn vị tư nhân, họ có quyền đào tạo vận động viên, đồng thời có nhiệm vụ kêu gọi tài trợ để đầu tư cho Boxing Việt Nam. Họ cũng rất sẵn sàng với phương án này.

Khi đó, Liên đoàn và Bộ môn có thể tập trung đào tạo hệ bán chuyên, còn Ban chuyên nghiệp và công ty tư nhân sẽ đảm nhận nhiệm vụ với hệ chuyên nghiệp, bao gồm tổ chức thi đấu hoặc có thể cả tranh đai quốc tế.

Nếu tổ chức lại được bộ máy Liên đoàn Boxing Việt Nam và Ban chuyên nghiệp hoạt động đúng như tên gọi và vai trò, tôi tin các sự kiện thi đấu chuyên nghiệp sẽ được tổ chức thường xuyên hơn, tạo thêm nhiều cơ hội thi đấu cho các vận động viên.

Xin cảm ơn ông !!!

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1/9/2022

SCORING IN BOXING...THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM....

So, you are watching a boxing match and it is clear that Boxer A is getting his faced punched in by the Boxer B.  After many rounds, the final bell rings and you are 100% certain that the Boxer B had won the fight but suddenly judges award the win to the Boxer A and you are left thinking "what just happened?".  This post will shed some light as to how this could easily happen.

Danilo Creati fights Tran Duc Tho in Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam

At VSP, we have our own boxing gym (VSP Boxing) where boxers under company management are trained for professional matches.  We also have our own boxing promotions company (VSP Promotions).  We even have our own boxing event brand called Victory8.  What I am about to tell you is something which happens behind the curtains that may help you understand why some boxing matches end up favoring a boxer who you are quite sure lost the match.

Winner Nguyen Van Duong posing with the ring girls in Victory8 Legends of Hoan Kiem

To fully understand what happens, you need to put yourself in the shoe of the Boxer and his/her manager. the manager generally thinks that if the boxer has an "unbeaten" record, it will help him go up the rank.  This achieves two objectives.  It can lead to the manager asking more money for the boxer to fight from the promoter.  Secondly, the manager is hoping that a streak of victorious matches will allow the boxer to fight for the championship title which can be quite lucrative.  Depending on the country/region, a regional championship title can earn 5~10,000 USD while world title can be anywhere from 50,000~1,000,000 dollars earning per fight depending on many factors which I will post another time.  So, if you are the manager for the boxer, you would think your job is to try to get the boxer to fight an opponent whom you are quite confident can be beaten.  (This often leads to a terrible quality fight because it is lopsided match).

Promoter (that's us) is the company that organizes and pays for everything and everyone.  Here, "everyone" includes the boxers, referees, and the judges.  Now, what happens when boxers are managed by a company instead of an individual? And what if that company happens to also be the "Promoter" of an event in which those boxers fight?  

Jye Lane Taylor vs Nguyen Van Hai in Victory8 Saigon Fight night

Let's think about a situation whereVSP has organized a boxing event in Vietnam between our Vietnamese fighters and Thai fighters. To make the scoring "fair", VSP flies in referees & judges (R&J) from Japan, China, and the Philippines.  The promoter would be paying for their flight tickets, their fees, hotel, meals, as well as transportation.  Lobbying can start even before the R&J arrive in Vietnam.  

Danilo Creati about to throw his right uppercut against Tran Duc Tho in Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam
Danilo Creati about to throw his right uppercut against Tran Duc Tho in Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam

Iconic image of Truong Dinh Hoang against Mateo Tapia in Victory8 Saigon Fight Night
Iconic image of Truong Dinh Hoang against Mateo Tapia in Victory8 Saigon Fight Night

How about this: The promoter upgrades the flights of R&J to a business class and personally picks them up from the airport.  The promoter then put them in a nice hotel with complementary drinks and takes them out to good restaurants.  There, he talks about how wonderful some of the boxers are in the event (our boxers of course).  The promoter never once said who the judges should vote for but as you can see, the R&J may have started to develop a certain bias.

Vu Thanh Dat is declared victorious against Jino Rodrigo in Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam
Vu Thanh Dat is declared victorious against Jino Rodrigo in Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam

Did you know that R&J are often part time jobs for many? Imagine you are one of the judges invited to come to Vietnam.  You are treated very well, paid well, and even taken around by the promoter for shopping.  You know that some of the boxers in the event are managed by the promoter.  Now, let's say the fight was a close fight, who would you favor?  If you voted against the promoter's boxer, maybe you won't be invited in the next event.  Perhaps your professionalism would be so solid that none of these treatments would affect your judgement but would you be able to say the same for all of your peers?

Danilo Creati vs Tran Duc Tho in intense fight. Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam
Danilo Creati vs Tran Duc Tho in intense fight. Victory8 Welcome to Vietnam

At VSP, we don't believe in setting up our boxers to win in a match. How would a boxer improve if he is fighting an opponent worse than him all the time? We think this is a remanent of the old ways. Instead, we match our fighters such that the spectators would enjoy watching!  What is the point of putting up boring shit fights that nobody wants to watch?  We tell all our boxers, "It is not our job to make you win.  It is our job to give you worthy challengers that will push yourself to be better" The boxing world need to change and embrace a new paradigm where the focus should be putting up fights that are 50:50 and that leads to exciting fights that viewers can appreciate and thus drive more following.  

Let's change the old ways and make Boxing Great Again!

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12/29/2021

PENGUE LOOKS TO BIGGER THINGS IN 2022

Michael Pengue has been a regular fixture at VSP and Victory8 events in Vietnam. The Aussie boxer was outstanding in his performances for the World team, so it gave us all at VSP a lot of gratification and pride when Pengue raised the WBC Australasian belt recently.

Mickey Pengue had way too few opportunities to showcase his skills since 2019, but his WBC win was a really staunch reminder of what this talented fighter is capable of when in form. Jorge Kapeen proved to be a quality opponent, and he was the measuring stick that qualified it was a great return for Pengue to grind out an emphatic unanimous win.

Pengue, who is trained by Tony Del Vecchio at the world famous Bondi Boxing Club, will now take a well earned break, before setting sights on some bigger opportunities in 2022.

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12/29/2021

Michael Pengue wins WBC Australasian title

MICHAEL PENGUE NOW A WBC CHAMP !

Big congratulation to one of the most popular boxers to compete in Vietnam at VSP events. Mickey Pengue was twice a World Team member at the big Victory8 shows, and Vietnam fighters commented that the style of Pengue was their favourite amongst the visiting team.Michael Pengue was part of a crack international squad that fought in Vietnam in late 2019, and included pinoys Charly Suarez, Jenel Lausa and Virgel Vitor.

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BRONER LOOKS TO RESURRECT AGAINST COBBS

The Adrien Broner vs Blair Cobbs final press conference was even more wild than expected: "My n***as got guns with them. All I've gotta do is point and they're gonna blow."
It was hard to interpret Broner's rant.
Many saw that as a thinly veiled sexual reference from the gum chewing former prodigy, who has battled with compulsive disorder issues - even to the point of dry humping opponents during championship bouts
That aside, he tore off his shirt to show that Homer Simpson also comes in chocolate. 
All that aside, the salient question remains "do I still got it ?"
Blair "the Flair" Cobbs shapes as a credible enough opponent, with only one loss on his resume. 
The tall southpaw steps out for the first time since beating Maurice Hooker by UD back in 2022, but he has enough gravitas to help us guage whther there is a path ahead for the enigmatic Adrien Broner.
The two entertaining boxers will battle for their future at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida this Friday night.
Friendly advice to Blair the Flair : Do not turn your back on Broner, he'd hump a table leg given half a chance.
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HÀ THỊ LINH GIÀNH VÉ DỰ OLYMPIC 2024 TIẾP THEO CHO VIỆT NAM

Đứng trước cơ hội cuối cùng để giành thêm vé cho Boxing Việt Nam dự Olympic Paris 2024, nữ võ sĩ Hà Thị Linh đã không bỏ lỡ cơ hội khi góp mặt trong trận play-off hạng cân 60kg.

Đối đầu Vilma Viitanen (Phần Lan), Hà Thị Linh có hiệp 1 thi đấu tốt với những pha chủ động vào đòn tầm gần, giúp cô giành chiến thắng 10-9 trên 4 bảng điểm của các giám định.

Sang hiệp 2, Viitanen tăng áp lực khi biết bị dẫn điểm. Hà Thị Linh đáp trả bằng các tổ hợp đòn đánh nặng khi di chuyển lùi. Điểm số 20-18, 20-18, 19-19, 19-19, 19-19 trong hiệp 2 khiến cả hai ứng viên đều phải nỗ lực trong hiệp đấu cuối.

Sang hiệp 3, Viitanen tiếp tục gây sức ép với hàng loạt pha rượt đuổi và ra đòn tầm gần uy lực. Cú móc trái mạnh khiến trọng tài phải đếm với Linh. Thể lực cả hai đã giảm xuống sau nhiều pha đổi đòn. Các pha trả đòn sau đó của Linh khiến Viitanen không thể đạt được hiệu quả trong những pha tấn công. Chung cuộc, Hà Thị Linh giành chiến thắng tính điểm 4-1, mang về tấm vé Olympic Paris 2024 thứ hai cho Boxing Việt Nam cùng người đồng đội Võ Thị Kim Ánh (54kg nữ).

#webthethao #boxing #olympics #olympicparis2024 #hathilinh
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NGUYỄN VĂN HẢI JULY 23 SAINT PETERSBURG

The Hanoi Hitman is looking to make up for lost time, and will be back in the ring in Russia this coming July.
The beautiful Baltic city of Saint Petersburg will provide the backdrop to a compelling match up with outstanding Uzbekistan boxer Khurshidbek Rasuljonov (7-0 3KO)
23 year old Rasuljonov is a 3x national champ, a 2x Asian champ, and maintains a flawless professional record.
The bout will be a contested over 8 rounds, and represents another great opportunity for Nguyễn Văn Hải to make his mark abroad. 
The Hanoi boxer has no opportunity to shine in his home country of Vietnam unfortunately, where professional boxing appears to be in freefall right now.
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May 29, 2024

HOW MANY CHAMPIONS TITLES AVAILABLE IN ASIA?

HOW MANY CHAMPIONS TITLES AVAILABLE IN ASIA? 

Did you know that there are over 50 global sanctioning organizations that offer various champion titles in the world? They are mostly private organizations that market their brand(s). However the four most recognized ones are : WBO, WBC, WBA, IBF.

Each of the above four organizations offer different regional championship titles and there are a lot of them! Here are some regional titles that may be available for qualified boxers in the Asia Pacific region.  

Note that considering that there are at least 17 weight divisions, there will be a minimum of 17 champions for each regional belt. If you add them all up, there are over 391 championship titles just for men alone. If you include all possible female champions, at least 690 championship titles are available.  

IBF (International Boxing Federations) 
1. IBF ASIA (male)
2. IBF ASIA OCEANIA (male)
3. IBF ASIA AUSTRALASIAN (male)
4. IBF INTERNATIONAL (male/female)
5. IBF INTERCONTINENTAL (male/female)
6. IBF YOUTH (male)

WBA (World Boxing Association)
1. WBA ASIA EAST (male)
2. WBA ASIA SOUTH (male)
3. WBA ASIA (male/female)
4. WBA OCEANIA (male)
5. WBA INTERNATIONAL (male/female)
6. WBA INTERCONTINENTAL (male/female)

WBC (World Boxing Council)
1. WBC FAR EAST (male)
2. WBC ASIAN SILVER (male) 
3. WBC ASIAN (male/female)
4. WBC ASIAN CONTINENTAL (male)
5. WBC YOUTH INTERCONTINENTAL (male)

WBO (World Boxing Organization)
1. WBO ORIENTAL (male)
2. WBO ASIA PACIFIC (male/female)
3. WBO GLOBAL (male)
4. WBO INTERNATIONAL (male) 
5. WBO ASIA PACIFIC YOUTH (male)
6. WBO INTERCONTINENTAL (male)

So which should you go for? What is available for the boxer is almost entirely dependent on the promoter and their preference in working with the sanctioning organizations. Do you have a preference?

#vietnamboxingorganization #VBO #championsleague #championship #regionaltitles #professionalboxing
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May 28, 2024

"Bà mẹ 2 con" Hà Thị Linh

💥Cách đây ít phút boxer Hà Thị Linh đã có chiến thắng ấn tượng trước đối thủ khó nhằn Ana Starovoitova ở trận ra quân hạng 60 kg nữ môn boxing vòng loại cuối cùng tìm vé đến Olympic Paris 2024.👊

"Bà mẹ 2 con" Hà Thị Linh thắng thuyết phục 4-1 sau 3 hiệp đấu trước tay đấm người Litva từng 2 lần giành HCĐ châu Âu. Sau đây 2 ngày Hà Thị Linh sẽ bước vào màn so găng kế tiếp. Boxer từng 2 lần vô địch SEA Games này là một trong những niềm hy vọng sẽ kiếm tìm thêm suất dự Olympic Paris cho boxing Việt Nam.

Hiện boxing Việt Nam mới có 1 suất chính thức dự Olympic Paris và nó thuộc về Võ Thị Kim Ánh, người xuất sắc giành vé ở vòng đấu loại hồi tháng 3 năm nay...🇻🇳
#Webthethao #Boxing #HàThịLinh
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May 29, 2024

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Saturday June 22nd Cataingan, Masbate
This has to be one of the best fight cards of the year !
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DEVIN HANEY- WAS IT ALL JUST A DREAM ?

A hotly disputed "win" against Lomachenko showed the cracks. 
But his first foray against a similar sized, yet supposedly way lesser boxer, ended in total disaster - and confirmed what many had suspected. 
Haney : No weapons - No chin. 
The cloak of invincibility has well and truly been lifted on Devin Haney - who has campaigned with the appropriate ring monicker - The Dream.

Devin Haney - the over rated champ nobody wants to see again ?
*story courtesy of Boxing News 24

Devin Haney has captured world titles in two weight classes by age 25, but few fans are impressed with what he’s accomplished during his nine-year career.
Haney stepped up for the first time last month against Ryan Garcia on April 20th, and he was out of his league. He was dropped six times and lost a 12-round decision. Fans were left wondering what they had ever seen in Haney. His reputation has nosedived since, and it’s difficult for fans to view him still as a world champion. The WBC allowed Haney to keep his light welterweight title despite losing.
That performance had a devasting effect on Haney’s career, resulting in fans no longer viewing him as the #1 fighter in the 140-lb division and feeling that they’d been wrong about their previously high appraisal of him after his win against Regis Prograis last December. Before Haney’s loss to Ryan, some fans thought he’d beaten the best fighter in the weight class when he defeated the 35-year-old Prograis. I didn’t feel that way.

Watching Prograis lose to Josh Taylor in 2019 showed that he was flawed from the start. That fight showed all I needed to know about Prograis because Tyalor was always an average fighter. That’s Why Nobody Wants The Rematch Fans should want to see a rematch, but they don’t have faith in Haney that he can raise his game enough to avenge his loss to Ryan (25-1, 20 KOs).
The fans saw all they needed to, watching Ryan put Haney in trouble in the opening seconds of round one and continuing to batter him for the remainder of the fight. In the seventh, Haney was knocked down four times and seemingly saved by the referee, Harvey Dock, who inexplicably penalized Ryan for hitting on the break after he grew frustrated at the nonstop holding that was being done.
Devin was trying to stall out the round after the first knockdown, and Ryan got fed up with being held excessively and instinctively hit Haney when the referee peeled him off. No warning had been given to Ryan before the penalization.

Many fans consider Haney the weakest of the four champions at 140 because of his questionable chin and his fighting style, which involves a lot of clinching, jabbing, and moving around the ring. The other champions at 140 :
- Teofimo Lopez 
– Subriel Matias 
– Isaac Cruz 
Haney would lose to all those champions and likely get knocked out if he couldn’t clinch excessively once he was hurt, as we saw in his fight with Ryan.
Elorde boxers
May 23, 2024

GOOSEN SUPPORTS RYAN GARCIA BEING CLEAN

Acclaimed boxing trainer Joe Goosen shares his thoughts on the recent Ryan Garcia controversy. 
He also makes the interesting assertion that the talented fighter is one of the best he has ever trained ! 
*story courtesy Boxing Scene :

There is no bad blood between former fighter-trainer tandem Ryan Garcia and Hall of Fame coach Joe Goossen. 

Garcia split from Goossen after three fights last year following his knockout loss to Gervonta Davis and has since linked up with Derrick James. 

On April 20, the heavy underdog Garcia knocked down Devin Haney three times to win a majority decision. But the victory has been surrounded by controversy. 

Garcia blew weight for the 140-pound fight by 3.2 pounds, and on May 1, tests revealed that Garcia tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance Ostarine on the day of and the day before the fight.

Haney has since requested that the New York State Athletic Commission disqualify Garcia. 

Garcia has maintained his innocence as he awaits the results of his B-sample, and his former coach, Goossen, is backing him, too. 

“I’ve known Ryan ever since he was a teenager, and I have nothing but great things to say about him because he has a great heart,” Goossen told BoxingScene. “He’s one of the best fighters I’ve ever trained. He’s got so much talent that it’s not even funny. He’s got everything.

“I trained Ryan for two years straight and never saw anything remotely close to the same galaxy of what is being talked about now. It wasn't even talked about. Ryan would never knowingly do something like that. When he trained with me, he was dedicated. He always worked hard. Nothing about Ryan would lead me even to speculate anything in that direction. No way. Something isn't right. I can not point the finger at Ryan. None of it makes sense to me. In my wildest dreams, I cannot conceive of Ryan Garcia purposely doing anything that would endanger his career in such a way.” 

Goossen guided Garcia to wins against Emmanuel Tagoe and Javier Fortuna, but Garcia couldn’t overcome the southpaw Davis. 

Goossen envisions a promising future for Garcia once he gets back into fight mode. 

“Ryan will never lose to a right-hander,” said Goossen. “He's going to be great at 147 pounds because he won't have to kill himself to make weight. He's tall and has a big frame. It's amazing and almost frightening to see him hit bags and hit people. He's one of the fastest, smartest, hardest hitters per square inch I have ever dealt with, and that's saying something.”
Elorde boxers
May 25, 2024

"HANEY WAS THE NEXT MAYWEATHER ? I DEBUNKED THAT !!"

"I FEEL HURT AND DAMAGED BY THE ACCUSATIONS THAT ARE PUT ON ME. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT I AM NOT A CHEATER, I'VE NEVER BEEN A CHEATER. I'VE PUT IN SO MUCH WORK MY WHOLE LIFE, AND ONE OF MY GREATEST VICTORIES HAS A LITTLE BIT OF AN ASTERISK BECAUSE OF A LIE. 
I'M GENUINELY HURT. I CRY AT NIGHT SOMETIMES JUST KNOWING THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO TAINT MY VICTORY ...
WE'RE LETTING LITERAL CHEATERS LIKE STEROIDS POSTER BOY VICTOR CONTE CONVICT ME OF CHEATING. AND HE'S THE ONE WHO SHAPED VADA. 
WHY ARE WE LISTENING TO THIS GUY? THAT SMELLS LIKE FUNNY BUSINESS TO ME ... 

I KNOW DEVIN HANEY WAS THE POSTER CHILD FOR BEING THE NEXT FLOYD MAYWEATHER BUT I DEBUNKED THAT. 
HOW ABOUT YOU JUST GIVE ME MY CREDIT?"
Elorde boxers
May 24, 2024

BOXING VIỆT NAM KHỞI ĐẦU TỐT

Trong ngày ra quân, võ sĩ Nguyễn Văn Đương phải chạm trán một đối thủ tương đối mạnh. Đó là Jean Carlos Caicedo Pachito (Ecuador), người từng tham dự Olympic Paris.

Trước một đối thủ có trình độ và kinh nghiệm thi đấu tương đương, đại diện Việt Nam đã thi đấu chủ động. Anh tấn công từ khá sớm, đồng thời giữ cự ly mỗi khi cảm thấy đối thủ muốn chờ cơ hội phản đòn.

Trận đấu khép lại trong 3 hiệp, với chiến thắng bằng tính điểm dành cho Nguyễn Văn Đương. Anh sẽ thi đấu trận tiếp theo trong ngày 28/4 tới.

Sau khởi đầu tốt của Nguyễn Văn Đương, Boxing Việt Nam còn một VĐV khác thi đấu trong ngày đầu tiên. Đó là Hoàng Ngọc Mai, võ sĩ thi đấu hạng cân 66kg nữ.

📸 ithethao

#vothuatvietnam #ithethaovn #vothuatithethao #boxingvietnam #boxing #olympic
Elorde boxers
May 22, 2024

GOOD LUCK VIETNAM BOXING TEAM !

All set and ready to go.
Wishing the team a successful and lucky tournament for the Olympics qualifiers. 
#VietNamBoxingteam
#vongloaiolympicParis2024
Elorde boxers
May 13, 2024

WBO ORIENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK

Let's find out who is Asia's best Lightweight fighter this Saturday night.

The Hanoi Hitman Nguyễn Văn Hải (6wins 1 loss) 🇻🇳 takes on the best fighter in China right now 🇨🇳 - Yongquiang Yang (15 wins 0 loss)
The China boy can bang too - he has 12 knockouts on his resume.

Nguyễn Văn Hải v Yongquiang Yang 10 rounds
WBO Oriental Lightweight championship 61kg
Jiagen Sport Centre Xiamen China 
Saturday May 18th
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May 12, 2024

WHEN THE WAR IS OVER

Mexican 🇲🇽 Kenbun Torres departs the Philippines today, and bumps into last night's opponent at Ninoy Aquino - champion Reymart Gaballo. 

"I spotted my opponent walking alone through the airport
It's Reymart Gaballo !
I was full of nerves and aggression when we are together at the weigh-in - that is a fighter.
But I couldn't help but shout out to the brave man who gave me an opportunity, and swapped punches in the same ring. 
I don't know the words to express my appreciation but I shook hands and hugged.
Maybe someday we can fight again, I know Reymart is a great fighter for the Philippines. 
I want to pay respect from the bottom of my heart to Reymart Gaballo and the people that were so kind to me when I visited this special place.
Thank you. "
Elorde boxers
May 10, 2024

Vasiliy Lomachenko và Georges Kambosos Jr

Cái tên Vasyl Lomachenko không phải là cái tên xa lạ gì đối với những người yêu thích quyền anh "đẹp".

Dù ở thời kỳ đỉnh cao hay hiện tại, trước khi chuyển sang chuyên nghiệp, anh đã có 2 lần giành HCV Olympic, 1 thành tích đáng tự hào mà nhiều tay đấm trẻ hướng tới. Và chẳng cần đến trận đấu thứ ba trong sự nghiệp chuyên nghiệp của mình, Lomachenko đã trở thành kẻ thách thức các đai vô địch quyền anh thế giới, một con quái vật mà bất kỳ vị vua nào cũng dè chừng.

Trận đấu với Georges Kambosos Jr vào ngày 12/5 tới là lần thượng đài đầu tiên của Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3 Boxing, 11 KO) kể từ thất bại trước Devin Haney hồi tháng 5/2023, cuộc đối đầu xác định chủ nhân chức vô địch tuyệt đối với 4 danh hiệu WBC, WBA, IBF và WBO đã để lại nhiều tranh cãi bởi kết quả trên bảng điểm.

Ở tuổi 36, tất cả đều hiểu rằng thời gian để Lomachenko cạnh tranh ở cấp độ đỉnh cao không còn nhiều, dù anh vẫn được biết tới như một trong các võ sĩ có kĩ thuật và bộ pháp đứng đầu làng Quyền Anh đương đai. Dù vậy, bản thân Lomachenko vẫn muốn dành sự ưu tiên trong việc giúp đỡ những người dân quê nhà Ukraine trong cuộc chiến đang diễn ra, lý do khiến anh vắng bóng suốt một năm qua.

Những chấn thương vai kể từ cuộc đối đầu với Teofimo Lopez năm 2020 cũng là nỗi lo của những người hâm mộ "Hi-Tech", bởi khả năng tấn công của tay đấm từng giành 2 HCV Olympic (2008 & 2012) đến từ việc kiểm soát trận đấu bằng số lượng đòn đấm vượt trội. Và hơn thế, đối thủ Georges Kambosos Jr của anh cũng là một cái tên có phong cách thi đấu tương tự.

Cuộc đối đầu giữa Vasiliy Lomachenko và Georges Kambosos Jr sẽ diễn ra vào sáng Chủ Nhật ngày 12/5 theo giờ Việt Nam. Webthethao.vn sẽ tiếp sóng sự kiện Boxing đáng chú ý của làng Boxing thế giới tới quý vị khán giả.

#webthethao #boxing #vothuat #quyenanh #VasiliyLomachenko #GeorgeKambososJr
Elorde boxers
May 10, 2024

PREPARING FOR THE WBO TITLE MATCH

Nguyễn Văn Hải getting ready for the biggest stage of his career - the WBO Oriental Lightweight championship to be held in Xiamen China next week. 
Vietnam 🇻🇳 legend Nguyễn Văn Hải 6-1 3KO will challenge China 🇨🇳 top rated fighter Yongquiang Yang 15-0 12KO for the prestigious belt. 
The championship match will take place at the Jiagen Sport Center in Xiamen on Saturday May 18th. 

#vietnamboxingorganization #vspboxing #Webthethao #VSPPromotions
Elorde boxers
May 9, 2024

DOES MEXICAN TORRES HAVE THE "MIDAS" TOUCH ?

Without doubt the smaller man, but Mexican Kenbun Torres hits Manila in a rich vein of form, and promises nightmares for local champ Reymart Gaballo tomorrow night at the Midas Hotel and Casino. 
Torres was beaten by Viet star and WBO belt holder Tran Van Thao, before making amends with a dominant win over China's tough Chengcheng Yang. 
The China boxer subsequently knocked out one of Australia's most hyped fighters - the previously unbeaten Rocky Ogden, to cement the serious claims of Kenbun Torres in tomorrow's big showdown.
The great card brought to you by SanMan Promotions will take place at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Manila. 

Weigh-in results from Pasay City, Philippines:
🇵🇭 Marlon Tapales 119.6 lbs.
🇹🇭 Nattapong Jankaew 121.4 lbs.
*vacant WBC Asian Continental Super Bantamweight Title

🇵🇭 Reymart Gaballo 119.8 lbs.
🇲🇽 Kenbun Torres 117.8 lbs.
*8 rounds / non-title
Elorde boxers
May 7, 2024

9 DAYS OUT !!

Nguyễn Văn Hải v Yongquiang Yang 
WBO Global Lightweight Title
Xiamen China Saturday May 18th
Vietnam 🇻🇳 champ v China 🇨🇳 champ !!!!
True romance !!!

#VSPPromotions #vietnamboxingorganization #Webthethao #vspboxing
Elorde boxers
May 6, 2024

DOHENY STOPS BRYL BAYOGOS IN 4TH

In the curtain raiser of the Inoue-Nery gigantic promotion at Tokyo Dome, former IBF junior feather champ TJ Doheny (26-4, 20 KOs), 121.75, decked an easy TKO victory over previously unbeaten Filipino Bryl Bayogos (7-1-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, at 2:51 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight on Monday. 
Doheny quickly caught the still nervous and stiff Filipino and dropped him with solid body shots twice in the third, and followed up so furiously that the referee called a well-timed halt in round four, when Bayogos fell down again. 
Doheny scored his fourth triumph in as many bouts in Japan since he dethroned then IBF ruler Ryosuke Iwasa on points in 2018. 
The Irishman TJ, now residing in Australia for years, is gunning for a shot at “Monster” Naoya Inoue. Doheny had been supposed to fight Inoue should Luis Nery become unavailable by any inconvenience, but it eventually didn’t materialize with Nery successfully having made weight.
Elorde boxers
May 6, 2024

TRAN VAN THAO WIN WBO GLOBAL

Congratulations to Vietnam hero Van Thao Tran for a unanimous decision win over Jakrawut Majungoen for the NEW WBO GLOBAL Bantamweight champion.
#WBO
#Korea
#VBO
Elorde boxers
May 4, 2024

WBO TRIPLE TITLE

All boxers passed the weight in today for tomorrow's Triple WBO title event,
For the Vacant WBO Global Bantamweight title, and the vacant WBO Global Featherweight title and the vacant WBO International Flyweight title!
Here in Goheung, Korea.
Elorde boxers
May 4, 2024

WEIGH-IN RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - 166.8 lbs
Jaime Munguia - 167.4 lbs 
Undisputed Super Welterweight Championship
Elorde boxers
May 1, 2024

MEXICAN FIESTA THIS SUNDAY IN LAS VEGAS

Canelo Alvarez 60-2 meets the unbeaten Jaime Munguia 43-0 for the IBF, WBO, WBC and WBA World Super Middleweight title belts this Saturday night (Sunday midday in Asia)
The fight of two great Mexicans will take place at T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Elorde boxers
April 28, 2024

Why Olympic Boxers Aren’t Wearing Headgear Anymore

SOMETHING IS MISSING from Olympics boxing this year. Did you notice? It’s lot easier to see the faces of male boxers---taunting, grimacing, or smiling in all their Olympian glory. This year, the Olympics ditched boxing headgear for the first time since 1984, making it look a lot more like professional boxing.

The decision, according to statements from amateur boxing’s governing organization---the International Boxing Association, or AIBA---came down to safety. Counterintuitively, referees had to stop matches for head injuries (aka likely concussions) more often when boxers were wearing headgear, according to an AIBA study. But whether ditching headgear actually makes boxers safer---especially from non-concussion injuries---is, well, more complicated.

“This rule change was rather surprising for lot of people. There’s still lot of research that needs to be done,” says Cynthia Bir, a University of Southern California biomechanics researcher who has evaluated boxing equipment for USA Boxing. In fact, female Olympians will still be wearing headgear in boxing, due to lack of safety data. (AIBA did not respond to requests for comment.)

What almost everyone can agree on is that foam padding does little to protect against concussions and knockout blows. Punch hard enough, and you overwhelm the foam’s ability to absorb energy. “The headgear becomes less useful and then not useful,” says Blaine Hoshizaki, a head injury researcher at the University of Ottawa.

Plus, the headgear still leaves boxers vulnerable to punches to the jaw, which are most likely to cause concussions because they whip the head around. “Boxers know that to get the knockout, you need to make the head spin,” says Bir. “Jabs aren’t going to do much.” Your brain normally sits suspended in fluid; when your head whips around, the brain whips around too, the tissue stretching and compressing. This causes concussions.

But why would wearing headgear increase the rate of likely concussions? The AIBA’s study has a few theories: Headgear makes it tougher to see, so boxers can’t dodge as well. Or perhaps headgear creates a false sense of safety and boxers take more risks. It also makes the boxer’s head a bigger target.

Another matter to consider though: Concussions aren’t the only head injuries boxers get. “A lot of the long-term consequences of repetitive head trauma may be from many, many subconcussive blows over time,” says Charles Bernick, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Bernick has been following a group of professional boxers and MMA fighters since 2011, and he’s found that even the brains of fighters who have not reported concussions exhibit damage visible in MRI scans.

These subconcussive blows, which don’t have any immediately obvious symptoms, could also lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, over time. “With concussions, you can see it and you can diagnose it,” says Hoshizaki. “The challenge is the ones you don’t see, don’t feel. This is I think the scary part.” Headgear could mitigate some of these blows. But it’s hard to study because it’s hard to measure how much brain damage these subconcussive blows actually cause; the same punch might cause damage in one person but not another because of the structure of their head or neck musculature.

The AIBA has tried to get more professional in recent years---the extra “A” in the acronym is a remnant from when it had “amateur” in its name. And the group made other changes for the Olympics this year: It changed the scoring system to bring it in line with the pro boxing and allowed professionals to qualify for the games. (Though only three are competing in Rio.) Pros have a good reason to not use headgear
Elorde boxers
April 27, 2024

TOP 5 COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST PRO BOXING EVENTS.

According to Boxrec, there were 7,191 boxing events (63,573 bouts) in the past 12 months worldwide. USA 1,598 boxing events accounting for 27% of the total. That is more than the sum of the next 4 countries combined.

Boxing events are not necessarily connected to the wealth of a nation. Argentina, Mexico, and Russia are not known for their economic strength yet hosted 676, 488, and 294 events respectively in the last 12 months.  

In comparison, Vietnam hosted 12 events in the same period. With over 100 million in population and one of the largest amateur boxer population, VBO estimates that Vietnam should be hosting approximately 100~200 events per year. That is roughly 15 events per month. 

The question should be focused around how to make it easier for people to host boxing events, starting with 4 rounds of boxing focused on debuting boxers who are beginners in professional boxing. Safety of boxers are very important but often that concept is misused to scare noninformed public.  

Most injuries that boxers sustain are from three main areas:
1. Not enough rest between fights.
2. Excessive weight reduction before the fight.
3. Previous injuries that are left unattended.  

While mismatch can be a big problem, this is the fault of the referee/supervisor for not stopping the fight when needed. Unfortunately, this is one skill that can not be learned in a classroom but through experience. This is why developing high quality boxing ring officials is so important and difficult to do. No amount of training or certificates can replace actual experience in the ring. Just like boxers, officials also need consistent events to practice and sharpen their skills.

What are your thoughts to make 15 events/month a reality in Vietnam?

#professionalboxing #boxing #sportsinjuries #vietnamboxing #vietnamboxingorganization #events #proboxing #Promotions
Elorde boxers
April 24, 2024

MATEO TAPIA READY FOR WORLD'S BEST

Mexican born Aussie Mateo Tapia came to Vietnam as a 20 year old and took on that country's fight legend Truong Dinh Hoang - a 10 times national champion and unbeaten pro. It was a hugely exciting, if not unnerving, experience for the young fighter.
Fast forward 5 years, and 16-0 Tapia is world ranked in a very hot middleweight division. 
Mateo Tapia makes his return in Sydney tonight, and will meet Keiber Gonzalez 20-0 in what will surely be a launch towards a world title run.
Good luck Mateo.
Elorde boxers
April 21, 2024

WBO ORIENTAL LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Xiamen China Saturday 18th May
The Hanoi Hitman Nguyễn Văn Hải ready to rock China's best Yongquiang Yang over 10 rounds at Jiagen Sports Arena in Xiamen.
Elorde boxers
April 21, 2024

THE NEXT MAYWEATHER ??

Maybe it requires a re-think !
King Ryan too big, too fast, too powerful !
Elorde boxers
April 17, 2024

VIETNAM GUEST WINS IN AMERICAN RETURN

Charly Suarez has been a regular visitor to Vietnam. He fought an exhibition bout with Nguyễn Văn Hải at Victory8 in Hanoi, and he won the WBC belt at Ho Tram against Indonesia’s champion Defry Palulu. 
Today he was Stateside, winning his return bout in Corpus Christi Texas on a Top Rank event. Suarez broke his hand in August of last year, but resumed in style today in a near shutout win over America's Luis Coria. 
It was an emphatic performance, and likely to earn Suarez a world title eliminator shot at his next outing.
Elorde boxers
April 14, 2024

SUAREZ WINS IN RETURN ON AMERICAN SOIL

JUST IN: Charly Suarez Official scores a unanimous decision victory over Luis Coria (77-74, 76-75 & 77-74).
Congratulations King's Warrior 
World title awaits !
Elorde boxers
April 7, 2024

SUAREZ SCARES OFF HENRY LEBRON TEAM

The Philippines' Charly Suarez always looks great in sparring, but apparently a session where the King's Warrior was "on fire" was witnessed by the coach of Henry Lebron - and was enough for them to immediately pull out of their world title eliminator next Saturday night.
Lebron has now been consigned to the "Top Rank Scaredy Cat" bench warmers list, and will be replaced by Luis Coria 15-6 in what is Suarez return from a broken hand last August. 
A win for Suarez will guarantee him a world title eliminator at his next outing - and you can bet your bottom dollar it won't be Henry Lebron in the other corner !
Charly Suarez fights on a Top Rank show in Corpus Christi Texas next Saturday night April 13th.
Elorde boxers
April 6, 2024

SUAREZ BACK BETTER THAN EVER

The Philippines' best boxer Charly Suarez resumes next Saturday on a big Top Rank show in Corpus Christi Texas - 8 long months after sustaining a broken hand in August of last year. 
Despite looking comfortable in a lopsided decision win, Suarez actually did the damage in round one against tough Yohan Vasquez, and was forced to fight the remainder of their bout in southpaw. 
An incredible effort !
The King's Warrior Charly Suarez last fought in Vietnam in December 2022 (hence the Christmas tree !) and followed up his win at Ho Tram with a 4 title win in Australia over unbeaten star Paul Fleming. 
Suarez has been promised a world title eliminator bout if successful in next week's American bout, and all his friends at VSP wish him a career defining performance on that big stage.
Good luck Charly boy !
Elorde boxers
March 28, 2024

BRAVO CORIA - LEBRON SENT PACKING !

Puerto Rican 🇵🇷Henry Lebron (19-0)'s clean card was ready to get shredded.

So, the Lebron team have opted out of world title contention, and Charly Suarez will have a new dance partner in Luis Coria.

🇵🇭 Charly Suarez (16-0) with 9 KO’s
🇺🇸 Luis Coria (15 Wins with 6 losses) 7 KO’s
 Super featherweight bout

🗓️April 13, 2024 Saturday 
🏟️American Bank Canter, Texas USA

*credit to KOboxing

#koboxingchannel
#boxing
#philippineboxing
#sports
Elorde boxers
March 21, 2024

TAGPUNO MAKES WEIGHT IN AUSTRALIA

Fernando Tagpuno jr and Dana Coolwell both made the 126lb cut and looked in outstanding shape for tomorrow night's big clash on the Sunshine Coast.
Dana Coolwell is one of the brightest young talents on the Aussie boxing scene, and his clash with Tagpuno will be for the IBO InterContinental Featherweight title.
Elorde boxers
March 17, 2024

YAP AND NGAKA BOTH WANTING WBF PRIZE

The countdown is on !
The Philippines' Mark John Yap and Botswana's Moabi Ngaka will be banging it out in 10 days time to decide the World Boxing Foundation International title.
And both countries are supremely confident of capturing the prestigious prize !

Those in the Yap camp say that this is the lightest they have seen the Journey Man prior to a big fight, and that his training has seen the experienced warrior ascend to new levels.
Moabi Ngaka is famed for his cardio, and has been reeling off 20km runs in amongst a torrid twice daily training schedule of sparring multiple partners at each session. 
This will very definitely be a battle of Mark John Yap's experience and power versus the speed, movement and endurance of the younger and taller Moabi Ngaka. 
But as they say, two dogs - one bone !!
So who you got ????

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

#rumbleintheokavango #elordetv #vspboxing #Webthethao #BOXINGBIDABEST #VSPPromotions #1xbet
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March 16, 2024

VENGEANCE HAS A NEW NAME

Arnel Baconaje "The Silencer" has been one of the Philippines' outstanding boxers of recent years, and will get the opportunity to take his talents to an international stage later this month.
The Silencer will meet the man that many regard as the best prospect in Botswana - Steven Bagwasi. 
This boxing prodigy has a 9-1 record, and is touted as a future world star by those in the know.
But Arnel Baconaje is not one for reputations, and whilst respectful of his quality opponent, is certainly not daunted. The RP National champ sees a spot for himself on the world stage, and knows that an emphatic win over a star like Bagwasi will cement his position. 
Baconaje has been the victim of some horrible decisions in the last couple of years, so on the road against Steven Bagwasi, he will leave nothing to chance.
"I know I have to hurt him to get his respect. 
This is my first time to fight an African, so I'm very excited. Tell him the Silencer is coming!"
Vengeance has a new name.

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Maun National Stadium Botswana 
Saturday March 30th 
WATCH IT HERE LIVE !!
Elorde boxers
March 10, 2024

CHARLY SUAREZ THE UNDERDOG ???

Unless they plan on using the same three judges as the Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight - they got this one very wrong !!
Charly lights this guy up.

⚡⚡𝐒𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐙 𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐃𝐎𝐆 🥊𝐑𝐎𝐀𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐋𝐃 𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐋𝐄💪 🇵🇭Charly "King's Warrior" Suarez 16-0 is set to face Puerto Rican 🇵🇷Henry "Moncho" Lebron 19-0 on April 13, 2024 in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States🇺🇲. 

With aspirations of securing a world title this year, Suarez must emerge victorious against Lebron to enhance his standing in the super featherweight world rankings.

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March 10, 2024

THAI HOANG HUY A VSP PRO ALUMNI

Former Muay Thai student Thai Hoang Huy ranks as one of the most active boxers in Vietnam, despite only embarking upon the sport a mere 18 months ago.
After an exhibition bout at Ho Tram, Huy decided to enter the professional ranks in 2O23, and despite his inexperience, won 4 of 6 bouts.

They say that boxing is a sport that affords you the opportunity to learn a lot about yourself whilst forging enduring friendships, and Huy has been fortunate to already share the ring with boxers from the Philippines and Africa. 
It's in that regard that he enjoyed a lucky break.

 Whilst competing in an event at Ho Tram, Huy was matched with Botswana's gun Moabi Ngaka.
Despite losing that bout, Thai Hoang Huy did enough to impress his African opponent, and he invited the Vietnam boxer to his country to compete on an international stage.
The RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO sees African nations take on an Asian Team comprising Vietnam, Philippines, China and India - and Thai Hoang Huy has earnt himself a "wildcard" spot at the event !

Huy will meet Zambia 🇿🇲 prospect David Kapusu, a man touted as a future African champion, in the opening bout of the show. Kapusu was a quality amateur before turning pro, and won his debut in promising fashion. 
This is a significant test for Thai Hoang Huy, but a great honour to be opening an iconic International event, and as a former alumni, VSP wishes him lots of luck in Botswana on March 30th. 

RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO 
Maun National Stadium Botswana 
Saturday March 30th 
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March 6, 2024

SUAREZ RETURNS 13TH APRIL

Henry Lebron is touted as Top Rank's next world champion at 130lb. 
Bad news Henry ! King's Warrior is coming for that very same work on April 13th in Corpus Christi Texas. 
Great fight boys !
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March 9, 2024

RACE IN BOTSWANA

🇵🇭Mark John "The journey man" Yap 34-18 (Elorde ) vs 🇧🇼Moabi Ngaka 3-1-1 of Botswana
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📅March 30, 2024

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March 8, 2024

TWO WEEKS TO GO - TAGPUNO IN AUSTRALIA 

Ferocious Fernando Tagpuno heads south to the sunny shores of Queensland with a singular intent - to dismantle one of the hottest prospects in Aussie boxing - Mr. Dana Coolwell.

The story goes like this :

TAGPUNO JR TAKES FEROCIOUS DOWN UNDER
It's the ignominious start to a pro boxing career that many must dread. 
Abd 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.
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March 10, 2024

PHILIPPINES SET FOR AN AFRICAN SAFARI

Three weeks out and no signs of nerves, the Elorde team of Mark John Yap, Arnel Baconaje, JonJon Estrada and Jetro Pabustan (trainer) discuss articles of war for the RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO on March 30th. 
The event will match many of Africa and Asia's best boxers against one another in Maun, Botswana - a location that is the gateway to the iconic Okavango Delta. 
All three pinoy have significant tasks ahead.
JonJon Estrada takes on South African champion Jeff Magagane in the featherweight class.
Arnel Baconaje meets Steven Bagwasi, arguably the best boxer P4P in Botswana. 
Mark John Yap appears in the main event - a WBF International title match against local star Moabi Ngaka. 
The three Philippines 🇵🇭 boxers will be part of an Asian Team that includes China 🇨🇳, India 🇮🇳 and Vietnam 🇻🇳. 

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March 2, 2024

"BACONAJE WILL THINK HE'S IN WITH A LION"

Take that sucker !
Steven Bagwasi confirms his status as one of, if not the, hottest properties in Botswana boxing, handing out another one sided beating.
Bagwasi will face Philippines super featherweight champion Arnel Baconaje at Maun Stadium on March 30th, and he is looking forward to the task with laser focus. 
The boxer from Mahalapye was on the sidelines in 2023, but prior, had built an imposing 9-1 record. His lone loss was way back in 2018 by way of points to South Africa's champion Ayanda Nkosi (who was also WBF World Champion) 
Many in Africa have a huge opinion of Steven Bagwasi, and likewise, he is a boxer with self belief. 
"I will take Arnel Baconaje on a wild safari. When we are done, he will be thinking he is surrounded by lions. I am really looking forward to this one."

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

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February 29, 2024

NGAKA TAUNTS MARK YAP TO GO TO WAR

Botswana’s Moabi "The Eagle" Ngaka " is a man well versed with the habitat of lions, and he will need to draw on all that hometown knowledge on March 30th when he steps into the ring with the Philippines' Mark John Yap. 
The two boxers will contest the World Boxing Foundation International title - a main event contest over 10 rounds to decide the Super Featherweight champion.
And the task for Ngaka is daunting to say the least !

Despite being a talented member of the national team in Botswana, he has literally had to jump at the very limited pro opportunities that have come his way, amassing a 3-1 record. And if you include his bouts not listed in BoxRec, he is already 7-1. 
There is no doubt that Moabi Ngaka has the makings of quality international boxer. 
But against Mark John Yap - REALLY ? 

It's just impossible to see that he has the experience to go with a man that has 17 years in the pro ranks, had an unbeaten run of 10 wins in Japan over 3 years where he tore some of their very best to shreds. Yap picked up three OPBF titles in a winning run that was finally ended in a points loss to world rated #2 Takuma Inoue.

But here's the interesting footnote - Moabi Ngaka specifically asked for the task ! There were a number of easier opponents that the African boxer could have taken, but he chose the Philippines Journey Man instead. 

"I want Mark John Yap !! He is a warrior, so am I - so lets GO TO WAR ! 
I'm not here to play around, I train hard, and I fight harder. I want to test myself with real fighters, and they don't come any more real than Yap."

Those close to the Botswana boxer share his belief, and say he is ripe to pull off a big upset against his Philippines rival. Ngaka is renowned for his cardio and loose movement in the ring, and they are of the opinion that Yap will be air swinging on old legs in later rounds.

"I want everyone to tune in on March 30th - I will say that this will be a war, and I will drop Mark Yap. Maybe more than once. They will all be saying that the EAGLE HAS LANDED."

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

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February 28, 2024

BACONAJE TO TAKE ON AFRICAN STAR

Classy Elorde boxer Arnel Baconaje will head to Botswana next month as part of a formidable Asian Team that will do battle with African nations. 
"The Silencer" will take on Steven Bagwasi - a boxer that many rate as one of the most outstanding talents in Botswana. 
Bagwasi has 8 wins on his resume, with only one loss, which was back in 2018 to South Africa's national champion Ayanda Nkosi.
But to tame a lion like Bagwasi, plenty of hard work and lots of skill will be required, and Arnel Baconaje "The Silencer" was working on both today. Mixing it up with Arnel in sparring at Elorde was Japanese visitor Reito Takahashi, a highly promising 135lb fighter.

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February 27, 2024

WOLVERINE HEADS TO THE AFRICAN DELTA

Crowd pleasing brawler JonJon "the Wolverine" Estrada heads for the depths of Africa next month, when he stars at the RUMBLE IN THE OKAVANGO show on March 30th. 
Estrada will take on the sharp shooting Jeff Magagane, a man who has long been touted as one of South Africa's major talents. 
The boxer was rated as high as #1 at various stages of his career, but lack of consistency of regular bouts have conspired against him winning a major title.
Jeff Magagane goes by the ring name of "911" - which gives some obvious insights into his style, but this boxer is much much more. 
He is tall, rangy, has great hands, and is really adept out of both stances. He mixes his speed and delivery so well that when he is "on", he is equal parts deceptive as he is elusive. And with only one fight in 2023, Magagane is determined to post an emphasis performance against Estrada and get back into the world rankings. 
As for JonJon Estrada - well,it's business as usual ! 
He is well versed with taller and faster opponents - he will be a dangerous snake in the grass waiting to strike. This is a significantly important match for Estrada, and he is expected to be a heavy underdog in this bout.
But as you know with the heavy handed Wolverine - simply learn to expect the unexpected !!

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

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February 21, 2024

MARK VS MOABI

MARK JOHN YAP 🇵🇭 PHILIPPINES versus 
MOABI NGAKA 🇧🇼 BOTSWANA 

World Boxing Foundation International title 130lb 
Maun National Stadium, Maun Botswana 
Saturday March 30th 

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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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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 !

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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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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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