Vietnamese boxer Truong Dinh Hoang successfully defended his WBA Asia title at the LEAD: Born to Lead professional boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday evening.
Hoang faced Baek Dae Hyun from South Korea in the match for the WBA Asia super middleweight belt.
Both Hoang and Baek showed confidence in their fighting techniques and tactics.
The two boxers exchanged lightning speed attacks with powerful hooks throughout the rounds.
Hoang began to have the edge over his opponent in the seventh round as he dished out accurate punches.
The Vietnamese boxer won the overall battle and successfully defended his WBA Asia super middleweight belt.
|Nguyen Ngoc Hai reacts after defeating Campee Phayom at the LEAD: Born to Lead professional boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre
In the match for the WBA South Asia super-lightweight title, Nguyen Ngoc Hai from Vietnam faced Campee Phayom, a very strong contender from Thailand.
The turning point occurred in the second round when Campee lost his focus, allowing Hai to continuously dish out his attacks.
The Thai boxer fell down twice and tried to continue the fight, but the referee decided to stop the match and announced the technical knock-out victory for Hai.
At the tournament, Le Huu Toan, the reigning Asian mini-weight champion who ranks eight in the WBA world rankings, was challenged by Garen Diagan, former Filipino professional boxing champion in 2019.
Both Toan and Diagan started off the fight with powerful attacks.
|Le Huu Toan (R) and Garen Diagan at the LEAD: Born to Lead professional boxing tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, March 25, 2023. Photo: H.T. / Tuoi Tre
The Vietnamese boxer dominated the following rounds with his combinations of horizontal hooks and uppercuts, while Diagan played defense and managed to have many successful counterattacks.
Toan had his chance to finish off his opponent, but Diagan was able to evade the attacks thanks to his impressive stamina.
After 12 rounds, Diagan defeated Toan by just one point and won the WBA Asia mini-weight belt.
LEAD: Born to Lead is the largest professional boxing tournament in Vietnam, organized by Shadow Entertainment Company in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Boxing Federation.
This is the first time in the tournament’s history that three matches for the continental WBA belts have taken place.
The event also featured nine other exciting matches with competitors from Vietnam, Tajikistan, and Thailand.