Linh to become first Vietnamese professional boxing athlete

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Ha Thi Linh (centre) and her WBO Asia Pacific belt after beating Chinese Zhao Yuanyuan in her first pro fight on Saturday in Shenzhen. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Nhu Cuong

The Vietnamese champion dealt with her taller Chinese rival with ease.

Zhao, who had won both her fights prior to facing Linh, was floored in the first round and faced a standing eight count before resuming the bout.


Southeast Asian Games winner Linh dominated the four-round fight and scored a 36-27 win.

“It is a great start for our female boxing and Vietnam boxing. It plays a key role in encouraging athletes to follow their professional career and makes them more confident for coming tournaments,” said coach Nguyen Nhu Cuong.

Linh, 26, will be one of Vietnam’s representatives at the world championships in Russia in October and the 31st SEA Games in November in the Philippines.