|Former world boxing champion Shinji Takehara of Japan (left). — Photo sggp.org.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Former world boxing champion Shinji Takehara of Japan will take part in friendly matches against Vietnamese boxers on December 29-30.
The event will be held at Hoa Lư Stadium in HCM City.
Takehara was the first boxer from Japan to capture the world middleweight title. In 1995, he landed a shot at becoming the World Boxing Association middleweight champion against Jorge Fernando Castro of Argentina and won.
The event is part of Việt Nam-Japan Sports and Culture Festival KIZUNA, which aims to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Besides sports events, fans will have a chance to enjoy cultural and musical performances of the two countries. Singer Sakai Nariko and actor and former pop idol Mikio Osawa will also attend the event. — VNS