VICTORY 8: Saigon Fight Night

VSP boxing

03 Nov 2018 22:00 AEST




secs and VSP Boxing presents Victory 8 Saigon Fight Night.

Vietnam plays host to some of Australia and Vietnam’s best young prospects live at the Nguyen Du Stadium Ho Chi Minh City.

Banned for a number of years after the end of the Vietnam War, and only made legal in recent times, interest in boxing is on a rapid trajectory in this part of Asia. VICTORY 8 is a night where 8 top Australian fighters touch gloves with some of the best in Vietnam. The Aussie team contains Professional and Amateur national champions – including future world prospect Mateo Tapia and 3x female world champ Gretchen Abaniel. The Vietnam squad boasts recent Asian Games medallist Nguyen Thi Tam and also SEA Games Gold medal winner Truong Dinh Huong. Talented lightweight Nguyen Van Duong has already tasted International success and looks a star on the rise for Vietnam boxing.

The show on November 3rd will take place at the Nguyen Du Stadium in HCMC. The 8 fight card is a cracker including two female bouts. Matches will be of various weight classes ranging from minimum weight through to super middleweight, All fights will be contested over four rounds.


Fight 1  61 kg      Jayden Buan v Pham Duc Doan

These two young fighters match up excellently. In spite of being skilful boxers able to box off the back foot Jayden Buan’s fast hands and youthful exuberance will clash with Pham Duc Doans southpaw power. While Pham Duc Doan confuses fighters with deft head movement and southpaw footwork, he is aggressive and prone to trading, which the Australian Jayden Buan willingly looks to meet and dominate.

Fight 2   63.5kg     Jye Lane Taylor v Nguyen Van Hai

Jye Lane the quick silver boxer is one of the younger fighters of the Australian stable and believes himself to be unstoppable. He will face the tough and durable Nguyen Van Hai.
Taylor comes into the fight as a heavily touted amateur champion who turns pro soon but will have his hands full with Van Hai’s battle tested, resourceful style and extensive boxing and kick boxing experience. Nguyen Van Hai is an exciting counter puncher with a good chin, so is an excellent tune up for Jye Lane Taylor’s imminent professional debut.

Fight 3    67kg           Tommy Mercuri jr v Vu Thanh Dat

Tommy Mercuri and Vu Thanh Dat will meet in centre of the ring and battle for the win with neither fighter expected to concede ground. Tommy, trained by his father, is an accurate puncher with a killer instinct and Thanh Dat is a quality counter puncher with heavy left hooks to the head and body. Both fighters have big right hands –  Tommy’s carries more power – Thanh Dat brings a greater volume.

Fight 4    70kg         Mickey Pengue v Tran Duc Tho

Tran Duc Tho’s svelte movement and iron will is facing Mickey Pengues intelligent  pressure and brutal selection of punches. A huge test for both fighters at the 70 kg limit. Tran Duc is not averse to a punch up but will be pushed to the brink by Pengue’s fire power.

Fight 5     48kg         Gretchen Abaniel v Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi

Celebrated filipina world champion and vicious combination puncher Gretchen Abaniel takes on Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi. Both fighters bring high punch volume and experience. Gretchen has fought and bested some of the best female boxers and looks forward to the challenge a young, hungry Thu Nhi brings.

Fight 6     61kg         Kamil Syed v Nguyen Van Duong

Australian amateur bronze medalist Kamil Syed brings a rangy and calculated boxing style to the squared circle against Nguyen Van Duong. Nguyen brings crippling punches and relentless fighting spirit to this bout.
Van Duong looks to implement pressure and his superior fire power to test Kamils distance and timing.

Fight 7     51kg         Linn Sandstrom v Nguyen Thi Tam

Two spectacular athletes put it all on the line.
Nguyen Thi Tam, rising star of Asian boxing looks to show case her brilliant technichal boxing skills to defeat another international name while Linn Sandstrom, the former swedish table tennis champion, looks to upset Nguyen in hope of capturing the win and hearts of the Vietnamese public.

Fight 8     76kg          Mateo Tapia v Truong Dinh Hoang

Two heavy handed, battle tested super middleweights headline the card in an explosive main event. The duo bring crushing power and bad intentions to the ring. Both fighters can box effectively at distance but wont be looking to gain a points victory. Will Mateo Tapia continue his unbeaten career or will SEA games Gold Medallist, Truong Dinh Hoang earn the knock out and … the 40,000,000 dong bonus prize?  ($20,000 USD)