|Nguyen Ke Nhon (right) wins Vietnam’s first World Boxing Council title on February 27. — Photo baomoi.com
Belik, 18, attacked Nhon from the start of the match, pushing him to the corners. He dominated in the first few rounds but failed to maintain his game until the final round, when Nhon strongly fought back and made Belik bow out several times.
Nhon’s win is the first WBC title for Vietnam. Earlier, Tran Van Thao had won a WBC Asian zone title.
Nhon, 20 from Binh Dinh Province, is one of the popular muay athletes in the country. He has won seven national gold medals, a kickboxing gold medal and a trophy at the Coco Championship recently.
His victory in the men’s 52kg category in Thailand is considered the turning point in his career after he decided to become a professional athlete.
To date, Nhon has won four professional matches.