Sixteen specially-trained water buffaloes have advanced to the final rounds of the annual Northern Vietnam Buffalo Fighting Festival held in Do Son.
By Monday, the finalists had defeated 16 early competitors. The remaining animals will compete for the final title on September 16.
Hai Phong's buffalo-fighting tradition dates back the 18th century when, legend has it, two buffalos slated for sacrifice suddenly began fighting.
Two of the 16 winners of this year's early rounds were purchased in Myanmar while two others originated in Laos. The remaining fighters come from all over Vietnam's mountainous northern regions.
"The trend of using foreign bulls started 3-4 years ago," said Cao Van Be, the festival Emcee. "However, none of them have become the champion. This year, buffalo Number 09 from Myanmar may go to the final fights."