TKO BOXING Promotions has signed all action featherweight Vietnamese prospect Dat “BE DAT” Nguyen, it was announced today by its President, Chet Koerner.

The 26 year old Nguyen, a native of Bien Hoa, Vietnam, now living in Vero Beach, Florida, has amassed a record of 16-1-0 (6KO’s) since turning professional five years ago. He is trained by former world champion Buddy McGirt, managed by Jack Luce and co-promoted by Richie Capiello.

On Saturday, August 22nd, Nguyen thrilled the packed house at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Southern California with an electrifying six round decision over Noe Lopez Jr.

Said Koerner, “The fans absolutely love his style of fighting, from the opening bell they were on their feet cheering him on. We had the same response from the fans at our show in Houston in May. Our plan is to keep him very active and showcase him in fights all over the country.”

“We’ve had large contingents of Vietnamese fans in Houston and at Pala and they were thrilled to see Dat fight. He’s truly become a fan favorite wherever he fights.”

Said Tuan Tran of TKO BOXING Promotions, “Dat and I have been talking about working together for years and thanks to Chet and Chris Middendorf it is now a reality. It's only a matter of time before Vietnam will get its first world champion.”

“TKO BOXING welcomes Dat and I believe we now have the best featherweight prospects in the game with Dat, Carney Bowman and Matt Remillard.”

In both Houston and at the Pala Casino, Nguyen was led to the ring by the “Mua Lan”, a traditional Vietnamese lion dance designed to exorcise evil spirits.


Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originator of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweights Joey Gilbert, Dennis Hasson and Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose, James Countryman and Dmitry Chudinov, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Cortez Bey, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes, Mickey Bey Jr., and Terence Crawford, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.

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