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23 Vietnamese players shortlisted for WC qualifier against Saudi Arabia

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Chief coach Park Hang-seo has chosen 23 players for Vietnam’s national line-up for a head-on clash against Saudi Arabia on September 2 (local time) as part of the third World Cup 2022 qualifiers of the Asian region.

Vietnamese players have trained hard in Riyadh ahead of their clash against host Saudi Arabia.

Vietnamese players have trained hard in Riyadh ahead of their clash against host Saudi Arabia.
 

Park had earlier chosen 25 players to Saudi Arabia for training. However, the rules of the third qualifying round require each team to register 23 players per match.

Weighing up the tactics to be used, the Korean strategist decided to cross out two names in the final list: midfielder Le Tien Anh and striker Ho Tuan Tai.

The Vietnam vs Saudi Arabia match is scheduled to begin at 1am on September 3 (Vietnam time). This is the first time that the Vietnam national team have cruised into the third qualifying round of the World Cup in the Asian region. They are also the only representatives of Southeast Asia to advance to this round.  

To prepare for the match, Vietnamese players had spent more than a month training, including five days in Riyadh. This time, major stars such as Bui Tien Dung, Doan Van Hau and Tran Minh Vuong will not be able to join their teammates due to their injuries. Meanwhile, Cong Phuong will also not be able to play this match due to his family affairs.

However, the players are adapting well to the fierce weather conditions in Saudi Arabia where daily temperatures rise to above 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity falls to less than 10%. In addition, Park’s men are in good form for the coming match.

After the match, Vietnamese players will fly back to Hanoi where they are due to take on their Australian rivals on September 7.

Vietnam are drawn in Group B alongside powerhouses Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Source: VOV

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Nhi wins first WBO world belt for Việt Nam

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Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam celebrates her WBO World Title win in Ansan, South Korea, on Saturday. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi has become Việt Nam’s first World Boxing Organisation champion after winning a WBO belt on Saturday in Ansan, South Korea.

The Vietnamese boxer took the title on a split decision with two judges scoring Nhi at 96 points, two more than her Japanese rival Etsuko Tada after 10 rounds of the women’s mini-flyweight title fight. 

Nhi made history becoming the first ever Vietnamese to win a professional WBO belt. It was a great gift for her after she celebrated her 25th birthday on Friday.

Back in March, she defeated Kanyarat Yoohanngoh of Thailand in the WBO Asia Pacific Boxing Match’s minimum-weight category on points after 10 rounds to give her this title shot.

“I am very happy and proud. I would never have imagined that I would make my world champion dream come true,” said Nhi.

“I brought Việt Nam’s spirit and willingness into this fight in all 10 hard rounds. This victory is for my family and my supporters.”

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left) lands a punch on Japan’s Etsuko Tada on her way to victory. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

Nhi was considered the underdog compared to her 40-year-old opponent in both experience and record.

While Tada has recorded 26 matches with 20 wins (seven KOs), three draws and three losses, Nhi has fought just four matches winning them all. 

“I was a little nervous prior to the match because Tada is really strong and experienced. However, after two first rounds, I found she was not as scary as I thought. I recognised her weaknesses and did my job better than her, and I won,” Nhi said, adding that the belt was priceless because she won it after months of practising locally because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his boxer, South Korean promoter Kim Sang-bum, organiser of the fight, said this WBO title match was one of the biggest competitions of the year.

Prior to it, many people thought Nhi could not make her task but Kim himself believed in Nhi who he has coached for several years.

He said Nhi has good technique while her physique has been improved a lot after two months’ training in Uzbekistan. —

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left) attacks the more experienced Etsuko Tada. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

  

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi of Việt Nam (left)  suffered an eye injury during the fight but still held on to be crowned world champion. — Photo courtesy of Cocky Buffalo Gym

 

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1064921/nhi-wins-first-wbo-world-belt-for-viet-nam.html

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Star boxer claims historic WBO world belt after tough fight

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Star boxer claims historic WBO world belt after tough fight

Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi receives the WBO World belt in South Korea on October 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nghia Phu


Nguyen Thi Thu Thi won the first-ever World Boxing Organization belt for Vietnam after defeating a Japanese opponent in South Korea Saturday afternoon.

Nhi and Etsuko Tada gave spectators a great show throughout 10 rounds. Despite being way less experienced than Tada, Nhi lasted until the end and won.

The Vietnamese ace boxer entered the match with an experience of four professional fights. She won the WBO Asia-Pacific belt in February 2020, her fourth match. Tada, in turn, is the number one mini-flyweight boxer in the world and holds the WBO world championship. Before facing Nhi, the 40-year-old had 26 fights, won 20, drew three and lost three.

The two boxers started the match slow and carefully to get to know each other. In the third round, Nhi hit Tada with a hook that she countered with a straight punch. Although Nhi is shorter in height and arm span, she is skillful with her moves and powerful hooks.

Tada sped it up in the fifth round with rapid jabs, but Nhi also put up a great fight. In the ninth round, Tada made Nhi’s eye bleed after a hook. Using this advantage, Tada attacked continuously in the last round. However, Nhi remained on target despite limited vision.

Overall, the referees ruled Nhi the winner with a score of 96-94.

This is not only the first WBO World belt for Vietnamese boxing but also the first professional title for a boxer from Vietnam.

Nhi, 25, started practicing boxing when she was 13. In 2018, she began her professional career in the ring.

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi 96-94 Etsuko Tada

 
 

Star boxer claims historic WBO world belt after tough fight

Nguyễn Thị Thu Nhi 96-94 Etsuko Tada

Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi beats Etsuko Tada to win Vietnam’s first WBO world belt, South Korea, October 23, 2021.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/star-boxer-claims-historic-wbo-world-belt-after-tough-fight-4375958.html

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Ho Chi Minh City Wings deal first loss to Thang Long Warriors in overtime

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The Thang Long Warriors, last year’s Vietnam Professional Basketball League (VBA) runners-up, suffered their first defeat this season against the Ho Chi Minh City Wings in a neck and neck performance that stretched into overtime.

The trend in this year’s VBA season seems to be a widespread dependence on trios of two foreign players and one Vietnamese player for both defense and offense. 

Both the Warriors and the Wings used this tactic successfully throughout their first games of the season.

The Warriors’ Tim Guers and Jordan Young are the two foreign players on the team’s ‘trio,’ with each able to find the net both inside and outside the three-point line. 

On the Wings, veteran player Vincent Nguyen has earned himself a key position thanks to his ability to clear the court for his two foreign teammates, Makinde London and Jeremy Smith. 

The Warriors and the Wings met each other in Game 9 of the VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet at the VBA-NTU Arena, with the Warriors heavily favored thanks to their second place finish in the league last season.

From left to right, Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London, Jeremy Smith, and Vincent Nguyen. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League
From left to right, Ho Chi Minh City Wings’ Makinde London, Jeremy Smith, and Vincent Nguyen. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League

Being favored, however, did not translate to a stellar performance as the Wings’ defense spent the first half of the game continuously shutting down the Warriors’ offense.

During the second half, both teams went on the attack, leading to a 79-79 tie at the end of regulation.

The Warriors got off to a weak start when team captain Thai Hung and foreign players Tim Guers and Bryan Coleman fouled out at the beginning of the overtime period. 

The Wings were quick to take advantage of the Warriors’ setback and handed them their first defeat at 96-98.

The Wings’ Jeremy Smith was voted Player of the Game thanks to his strong performance and for sinking nearly half his team’s points.

From left to right, Thang Long Warriors’ Jordan Young, Tim Guers, and Bryan Coleman. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League
From left to right, Thang Long Warriors’ Jordan Young, Tim Guers, and Bryan Coleman. Photo: Vietnam Professional Basketball League

The VBA Premier Bubble Games – Brought to you by NovaWorld Phan Thiet is broadcast on OnSports and two over-the-top media services, VTVcab On and Myclip.

Games air from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day, as well as 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Sundays. 

Fans can also catch replays on digital platforms including the VBA’s verified YouTube channel, the Bong Ro TV Facebook page, and the Bong Ro TV YouTube channel.

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