Ngoc Tan Huynh (left) was one of two winners for Vietnam on day two of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships ©Getty Images

Vietnam’s Ngoc Tan Huynh and Phu Cuong Tran won their respective men’s light flyweight and bantamweight bouts to mark a successful day for the nation at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok.

Huynh, bronze medallist at this year's Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, claimed a points win against Laos’ Khamphouvanh Khamsathone, while fellow national champion Tran won by the same method against Chinese Taipei’s Sheng-Ling Lin as both fighters advanced to the last 16 of their individual weight category competitions.

Taking into account Nguyen Van Hai's triumph at lightweight yesterday, Vietnam has now won its opening three bouts in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships for the first time ever. 

The first light flyweight encounter of the day saw Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov overcome Sri Lanka’s Thiwanka San Palleha Muturanwellige, while North Korea’s Jong Hyok Ham got the evening session underway with victory against Iraq’s Hasan Ali Naser Naser before Syria’s Hussin Al Masri outdid Pakistan’s Mohibullah.

Meanwhile at bantamweight, the Philippines’ Mario Fernandez was the first fighter to advance to the next round at the expense of Iran’s Reza Korzbori.

This was followed by success for Japan’s Kenji Fujita against Sri Lanka’s Gayan Sanjeewa Jayaweer Naiduralage after which Mongolia’s Iderkhuu Enkhjargncl and Iraq’s Jaafar Abdulredha Ali Al-Sudani rounded off the afternoon session with wins against North Korea’s Kil Yong Cha and China’s Long Wang respectively.

Vietnamese bantamweight Phu Cuong Tran (right) beat Chinese Taipei’s Sheng-Ling Lin on points
Vietnamese bantamweight Phu Cuong Tran (right) beat Chinese Taipei’s Sheng-Ling Lin on points ©Getty Images

"I tried to be relaxed in my opening bout, and to avoid any bad movements as this event will be long for me," said Fujita.

"I had a lot of bouts in our Kanto University Boxing League at home against tough opponents and I felt after those contests that I had to improve my strength.

"I am sure I will do much better in my next contest."

The opening contest in the evening session was decided by the disqualification of Qatar’s Othman Arbabi, to the benefit of Turkmenistan’s Yakub Meredov, and there were also victories for Nepal’s Dinesh Shrestha, Jordan’s Mohammad Alwadi and Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmadaliev thereafter.

Shrestha proved too strong for Laos’ Chansamone Vilaysack, while Alwadi saw off the challenge of Tajikistan’s Asror Vohidov and Akhmadaliev got the better of Bangladesh’s MD Ohiduzzaman.

Tomorrow’s action sees 13 more preliminary bouts across the flyweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.

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