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Alexander Luong

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Alexander Luong
Statistics
Real nameAlexander Ton Luong
Weight(s)
  • 44kg
  • 45kg
  • 46kg
  • 48kg
  • 50kg
NationalityBritish
BornAlexander Ton Luong
(2005-12-29) December 29, 2005 (age 15)
Edmonton, England
StanceOrthodox

Alexander Luong (Loo-Wong; born December 29th, 2005) is a Vietnamese Amateur boxer. He is an international and national champion representing England twice in the distinguished and reputable King of the Ring[1] tournament (winning gold the first year, 2018 and silver the second year, 2019) in Gothenburg, Sweden and also fought in the renowned and prominent Bristol box cup and won a gold medal. He has also met and trained alongside several noticeable world class boxing champions and coaches, the likes of Tyson Fury, Joe Goosen[2], Chris Arreola, Jessie Vargas, Anthony Yarde, Paul Spadafora, Ricky Funez[3] , Jeff Mucci.[4], Tunde Ajayi[5] and many more.

Born in Edmonton to Vietnamese parents, his drive to be the best at everything he does, he frequently accredits with his parents drive to excel and perpetuate in a market economy when they first immigrated to Britain. He has said that it is one of the main factors which built prodigious work ethic, at times spending over 8 hours in the gym impressing even world-class retired boxers and coaches, with the likes of former 49-1-1, IBF champion of the world, Paul “Spaddy” Spadafora claiming, “This kid’s a monster”, “I’ve never seen no one train like him” and Ricky Funez[3] even going as far as to compare the way he trains to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an interview with Elie Seckbach. Furthermore, he has had an entire Instagram post dedicated to his work ethic[6] from the famous and largest boxing club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wolfpack Boxing gym [7] and has been dubbed “The next Manny Pacquiao” by his peers. He claims that his intense work ethic was the main factor which allowed him to travel around the world (to get to tournaments and training) and meet world class boxers and coaches alike.

In documenting his boxing journey on Instagram, he has amassed a following of 10,600 followers which he claims is more of a burden than anything else stating “It takes up more of my time than I would like it to and it is quite addictive. I love it and the people on there but I must admit that it’s a big burden.” Which his fans are well aware of with his consistent bursts of Instagram posts only to disappear and then to return again. He has been documenting his boxing journey since September, 2018. His most viral post in which he is seen hitting the mitts with Ricky Funez[3] at Tengoose Boxing[8] amassed an astonishing 4,300 likes. His Instagram was also the source of controversy at one time when he uploaded a video of himself in sparring knocking down his sparring partner with a liver shot which quickly went viral but was also met with mixed opinions which he immediately apologized for.

Beyond boxing, Alexander has shown a profound interest in business and entrepreneurship opening his first company on the 27th January, 2020, aged 14. He claims to have read several books on finance and business and actively learns about real estate and property which he believes will help his future.

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Alexander Luong has had an eventful amateur which has seen him rise up 6 kilograms (15 pounds) in just 1 year. Winning almost every time he rose up in weight. His open diet he has claimed is the main factor in his weight rising so rapidly in just the matter of a year but even though he doesn't look after what he eats, he still manages to dominate in heavier weight classes and occasionally evening taunting his larger opponents in the midst of battle. His first fight was in 2018, dubbed as a 'skills bout'[9] in which it isn't recorded as a 'proper fight' but rather a fight to check the skills of the boxers and a winner isn't declared. He completely dominated his larger opponent repeatedly being told to 'calm down' and 'lay off' from his opponent. Ever since that first fight, Alexander has in his amateur boxing career completely dedicated himself to the art of boxing.

The start of a promising amateur career[edit]

Having turned amateur within just 6 months of boxing, Alex had been asked to have his first skills bout[9] which is YouTube,[10] showing him dominate his larger opponent and even being told to 'calm down' and 'lay off' off him. Alexander went as far as to taunt his opponent in the second and third round by dropping his hands, Ali style, and then lifting them back in the air as if he had already won and even going as far as switching southpaw several times and actually fighting in the stance. This was to be only the start of what seemed to be a promising and prominent amateur career. It was from this fight on wards, that Alexander had chose to commit his full attention and time to boxing.

44 kilograms (97 pounds) King of the Ring 2018[edit]

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Announced as winner of King of the Ring

After his skills bout[9], he was offered an opportunity to fight in the internationally renowned King of the Ring[1] tournament open to all boxers in Gothenburg, Sweden. He accepted instantly.

His first few opponents failed to turn up resulting in Alexander being sent to the semifinals of the tournament. He won the semifinal bout in an extremely dominant fashion which truly showed the boxing knowledge[11] he possessed so early in his amateur career. He managed to knock down his opponent in the second round and then proceeded to taunt him for the remainder of the fight. He was then announced the winner via unanimous decision. The opposing team's coaches had been so impressed by Alexander's performance that they told him that they'd be watching all of his other fights from then on as they loved his style[12].

He was set to fight again the next to day in the finals for gold against a Swedish opponent. He warmed up and was exhausted from the fight the previous day and slept in a friend's room in two chairs rather than a bed. Despite his lack of energy, he still managed to win his fight in again, dominant fashion. He managed to knock his opponent down again in the second round and the fight seemed more of a demonstration of Alexander's skills and boxing knowledge than competitive boxing match. He was again announced winner via unanimous decision. Alexander's win was also included in a Pressreader article[13] and in the Hertfordshire Mercury newspaper[14]

46 kilograms (101 pounds) Bristol box cup 2019[edit]

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Winning the Bristol Box Cup (2019)

After a few more fights, he was set again to fight in one of the largest amateur boxing tournaments in Britain, the Bristol Box Cup[15]. He was granted a bi (when an opponent does not "turn up") to the finals as there were not enough people in his weight class. He was forced to wait around 8 hours in the boxing venue as he was on of the last fights of the night on too but it was well worth it he says. He fought a tough and powerful opponent and won convincingly in a memorable slug-fight. In the second round, he stunned his opponent with a boxing technique known as a shoe shine[16] and a 1-2-3-2 (jab, cross, hook, cross) to follow worthy of a standing eight count. His performance was commented on by spectators as the best they had seen him box (fight). He stated "It was a war and he had a very skilled and tough opponent". After he was declared the winner and his hand was raised, he shouted "BOMB SQUAD", referring to Deontay Wilder's infamous catchphrase. The phrase brought laughs and applaud from the audience and judges but ultimately ended up embarrassing his coach and his team. The fight was one to remember and can also be watched on YouTube.

50 kilograms (110 pounds) King of the Ring 2019[edit]

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Alexander and his opponent

Following a 4-month break from training, Alexander was set to fight once more in the much-publicized King of the Ring[13]. He had not trained in 4 months and fought on a staggering one night notice (he booked the flight earlier but was not expecting to fight until a friend suggested him too). He stated "I didn't run, I didn't hit the bag, I didn't do any sort of training before this. I remember the last time I trained before this was 4 months prior." & "I already booked the flight around 6 months before when I did think I was going to fight but I ended up taking an unexpected break from boxing for some time so when I went to Sweden, I wasn't planning to fight to be honest, I just came to watch. But my friend suggested that I should fight, I was like I paid for the trip so I might as well make the most of it and ended up fighting on one nights (night) notice."

Dieting and rise in weight[edit]

Frequently seen on Alexander's Instagram story[17] are videos of him and his food. After viewing what he does on a daily basis, it becomes apparent that he doesn't particularly look after his diet and eats anything. Often seen are videos with him in buffets and eating out at restaurants on a weekly and sometimes even a daily basis.

On average, he burns off 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) in training in just a matter of 1-2 hours. He claims "I don't really worry too much about my diet apart from when I'm about to fight because I burn it all off in training and more."

Training[edit]

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Alexander Luong with Paul Spadafora in Gold Medal Boxing

Training in Pittsburgh[edit]

On July 17th, 2019, Alexander went to Pittsburgh by himself for 5 weeks. He went there for the sole purpose of training and reportedly spent 8 - 10 hours in the gym daily[6], resting only once or twice a week. He supposedly had to take a 2-hour journey from his house to the gym and back. Once he was at the gym, he would start training straight away. He would only leave the gym when he would go out for lunch.

While he was in Pittsburgh, he was training at a gym called Wolfpack Boxing[7], the largest gym in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The coaches were amazed at his work ethic[6] and within just 3 days, he was allowed to train in the "advanced" boxers session. Alexander trained at Wolfpack Boxing[7] for 4 weeks until he found a friend of Paul Spadafora (John Stansbury) who was working at a Stansbury's Barbershop. John and Alexander had a brief boxing discussion and John asked Paul to allow Alexander to train at Gold Medal Boxing.

Alexander trained at Gold Medal for the last 2 days he was there and claimed "It was the best training I've ever had, Paul's a great trainer and pushed me past my limits." Paul Spadafora was 49-1-1 as a pro and former IBF champion of the world.

Training in LA[edit]

While in LA, Alexander trained at Tengoose Boxing[8] (named after Joe Goosen[2]) with professional trainer Ricky Funez[3]. While he was there, he apparently was in the gym for 6 hours a day. With Ricky Funez[3] claiming, "He trains kinda like Floyd... he’s been training here like probably 6 hours out of the day" in an interview[18] on Elie Seckbach's YouTube channel[19]. He was in LA for 8 days, resting only on a Sunday when he went out with his family. He also had a brief encounter with Joe Goosen[2], who had trained many world champions before (Diego Corrales, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas) and also met Jessie Vargas (former WBO, WBA and IBO champion of the world) and Chris Arreola (challenged three times for the WBC heavyweight title).

Training at Peacock Boxing[edit]

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Alexander Luong with Anthony Yarde and Tunde Ajaye in Peacock Boxing gym

Alexander had also always wanted to train at the world famous Peacock Boxing gym[20] which has held created several world champions and is a boxing tourist attraction with well known boxers such Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis, Shannon Briggs, Billy Joe Saunders, Daniel Dubois and many more visiting and training there. Peacock Boxing gym[20] is most known for, the world's ninth best active light-heavyweight (ranked by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board), Anthony Yarde.

Alexander had got in contact with one of the coaches from Peacock Boxing[20], Tony Cesay[21] who boxed as a decorated amateur and represented England many times. Tony[21] gave Alexander permission to train at Peacock Boxing[20] and while he was there, Alexander met Anthony Yarde and Tunde Ajayi[5].

Training at Hodbox[edit]

Alexander's first boxing gym was Hodbox[22], formerly known as Hoddesdon Boxing Academy[22] which holds many skilled amateurs and many national and international champions. Alexander was first shown the gym when two of his friends were going to fight there, he went to watch them fight and fell in love with the gym. He grew an attachment to the gym and would spend most of his leisure time in the gym training.

He would go to the gym everyday apart from Sundays. He would also spend extra time at the gym watching and analysing the more skilled senior amateur boxers and professionals who would start training after he had finished training.

He was dubbed by his peers at Hodbox[22] as "The next Manny Pacqiuao". Referencing the legendary and only 8 division world champion in boxing, Manny Pacqiuao.

Training thoughts and philosophies[edit]

Work ethic[edit]

Alexander's credits his absurd work ethic and determination with his parents determination to succeed when they had immigrated to Britain. He says that their determination was genetically passed down to him. It is usual for Alex to train 4-8 hours a day with minimal rest and even lacking basic human necessities. His family in Pittsburgh stated "He came down here to train for 4 or 5 weeks and only slept 7 hours a day"

While in Pittsburgh, Alexander had briefly trained with Paul Spadafora. Paul was impressed by his work ethic and determination but was also slightly concerned with how much he was training, he advised him that he was training too much to the point where his progress was decreasing. He advised Alexander that he should only train 18-20 boxing rounds[23] a day.

While in LA, Alexander was coached by Ricky Funez[3] in Tengoose[8]. While at Tengoose[8], Alexander had the opportunity to watch and train with many pro's. He even sparred 11 - 1 pro, Juan Funez who has a 30% knockout rate. Alexander also trained side by side with Martin Saldana[24] who later told Alexander on Instagram that he was going to be a future world champion due to his work ethic and determination. Elie Seckbach stated that "he (Alexander) was serious about this s*** (referencing Alexander's work ethic after Ricky[3] had stated that he trained 6 hours a day)."

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Alexander in a photo shoot

Mindset and training philosophies[edit]

Another large factor that Alexander often accredits with his ability to work for extended periods of time without getting discouraged, he claims is his mature mindset. He claims that his thinking grew and mindset matured when he realized that he was spending much of his time doing useless things or procrastinating. He said he would rather spend his time doing something more beneficial to his future and chose to determine his efforts, energy and time into one thing which was boxing.

Due to his dedication to the sport of boxing, he says that he has been able to travel around the world by himself, meet famous boxers or people, and star in occasional photo shoots and also in newspapers[14] and online articles[13]. He says he hopes to pursue boxing as a career in the future but is also conscious of the possibilities of brain damage if he does choose to go down the boxing route therefore he has also chosen to commit his time in other possible future careers such as business and also stated that he has a profound interest in real estate and property.

Instagram[edit]

Following and opportunities[edit]

Alexander started documenting his boxing journey in September, 2018 when he was 4 months into boxing. He started uploading weekly videos of himself training at Hodbox[22] and on occasion would upload comedic-boxing styled videos. He was regularly getting 300-500 likes on his posts and also garnering over 3000 views most of his videos on his videos. Alexander proceeded to upload a video of himself hitting the mitts[25] which quickly exploded and went viral garnering over 1,100 likes in 1 day. After his post, he started to upload more and his following was rapidly increasing. Not only were his followers increasing but his follower's follower count was increasing too.

Within just a matter of a few months, over a dozen verified Instagram influencers were actively liking and commenting on his posts, boxing and non boxing related. On one of his posts, he deleted every comment except for anyone with the blue verified Instagram tick so if anyone were to visit the post, they would only see people with blue ticks who had commented.[26]

Alexander has stated that his Instagram has granted him many opportunities to meet and communicate with boxers and coaches who he had never thought he could get in contact with. For example, Gervonta Davis's coach, Calvin Ford[27], Boxraw[28] (the largest distributor of clothing currently inside the boxing scene), Jamir Robertson[29] (also known as Lil Future), Ashton Sylve[30] (also known as H2O), Justin Marquez[31] (also known as Justlomein). He stated that his Instagram was a large factor in him being able to star in newspapers[14], online articles[13], photo shoots and even travel around the world.

Alexander has stated that his Instagram also takes up much of his time therefore he regularly delete it which has caused his follower count to slowly decrease. An example of this is on April 25th, 2019, Alexander uploaded his most viral post[32] which garnered 4,300 likes which was of him in LA being coached by Ricky[3] Funez, immediately after he had posted it, he deleted Instagram. After a month, he downloaded Instagram again and uploaded a post of him in the Bristol Box Cup[33], the post garnered 1,500 likes which was 2,800 less than his last post. The giant decrease in engagement was due to the fact that he was inactive for a month.

He often says that Instagram is a burden in disguise as even though it has granted him many opportunities, it also takes up much of his time.

References[edit]

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    Alexander Luong in the Hertfordshire Mercury newspaper

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