Hoang knocks out Thai rival to retain WBA Asia title

15:10 | 18/02/2020 Society

Boxer Trương Đình Hoàng has dominated the defence of his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super middleweight belt in Manila, the Philippines. By doing so he became the first boxer to retain both the WBA West Asia and Asia East belts at the same time.

Boxer Trương Đình Hoàng poses with his belt after defending his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia’s super middleweight title in the Philippines - Photo 24h.com.vn

Last Saturday ‘The King’ knocked out Thai rival Yuttana Wongda in the second round at the Highland International Boxing Promotion event at the Manila Arena.

Wongda challenged Hoàng earlier this year.

The Vietnamese 11-time winner actually became the WBA Asia title holder without a swinging a punch after defending champion Meena Brijest of India refused to face him.

The Thai fighter was given a decent chance of winning with a record of 37 bouts with 13 wins (nine by KO) and 24 losses (17 by KO). Before their bout, Hoàng had only two fights as pro, winning both, with one coming from KO.

However the defending champion showed 31-year-old Wongda his power from the beginning with combinations of accurate blows that pushed him into defence, trying to avoid the aggressor.

He was lucky to make it through the first round, but Hoàng wasted no time in the second to floor his opponent.

Wongda made the count, but Hoàng continued to deliver heavy blows that floored Wongda for a second time before returning to his feet.

Wongda was on the ropes and could not resist under Hoàng’s third attempt, as medical officials rushed into the ring to check him.

“I am happy with the win. It is a worthy victory for me after weeks of hard training preparing for this fight,” Hoàng told Việt Nam News.

"I have done a good job here, thanks to my family, friends and supporters. I hope to receive more from them at my next events,” said the boxer, who will now focus on gaining points for a berth at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Theo VNS