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Vietnamese boxer defeats Philippine-Australian title holder in Saigon friendly tournament

Monday, November 05, 2018, 10:24 GMT+7
Vietnamese boxer defeats Philippine-Australian title holder in Saigon friendly tournament
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi celebrates her win over Gretchen Abaniel at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese female boxer has beaten a Philippine-Australian opponent, who had won women’s international boxing titles for several times, at a friendly competition in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi defeated Gretchen Abaniel at the Victory8 boxing tournament on Saturday and pocketed VND400 million ($17,058).

A friendly tourney, Victory8 was organized by the Vietnam Boxing Federation and featured eight matches, including two for women boxers.

The boxers are both amateur and professional from Vietnam and Australia.

A fight included four rounds, each lasting three minutes for men and two minutes for women.

Nhi was the underdog in her showdown with Abaniel, who had had 18 wins under her belt and claimed the WIBA Women's International Boxing Association Minimumweight title (2009, 2014, 2016) as well as the WBC International female minimumweight title (2007).

But the Vietnamese boxer fought quite equally against her rival before the 22-year-old host garnered a narrow win on points at Nguyen Du Sports Center in District 1.

Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi (R) delivers a blow to Gretchen Abaniel in their showdown at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi (R) delivers a blow to Gretchen Abaniel in their showdown at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Her coach embraces Gretchen Abaniel after her defeat against Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Her coach embraces Gretchen Abaniel after her defeat against Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi lifts the trophy after beating Gretchen Abaniel at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi lifts the trophy after beating Gretchen Abaniel at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fight at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A fight at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Supporters cheer on boxers at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Supporters cheer on boxers at the Victory8 boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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