Vietnamese boxer Nguyen Thi Tam made history as the first Vietnamese boxer to fight in a world final after winning 4-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in India on Thursday.
Tam faced French opponent Lkhadiri Wassila, who has won the French championship seven times, as well as earned two bronze medals in Europe, in Thursday’s 50kg semifinal.
Tam won the first round with a flurry of straight punches and hooks from both left and right.
She lost the second round when Wassila adapted to her attacks.
Tam kept her distance in the final round in order to avoid attacks from Wassila.
She effectively threw three punches and three hooks from the right arm at the end of the round, convincing four of the five coaches to name her the winner.
The victory has made Tam the first-ever Vietnamese boxer to advance to a world final.
The best achievement of Vietnamese boxing in the world arena was when female boxer Nguyen Thi Huong took home the bronze medal in the 81kg weight class at the 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championship.
In the final, which will take place at 7:30 pm on Sunday (Vietnam time), Tam will fight Zareen Nikhat of India, who won the championship in the 52kg category last year.
The 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship is taking place in New Delhi, India from March 15 to 26.
The cash prize for the winner of a gold, silver, and bronze medal is US$100,000, $50,000, and $25,000, respectively.
Vietnam’s Tam has guaranteed herself at least a silver medal.