This past weekend fans saw a notable show in Singapore, thanks to Ringstar Management who put on 6 title fights.
The bouts weren't the best, but they did show case some notable talent from the region.
Among those involved was former 2-weight world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (92-3, 57) [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา], who claimed the UBO InterContinental Light Middleweight title as he over-came Indonesian Larry Siwu (24-9, 20) with a split decision. The Thai 39 year old looked his age towards the end of the bout, but had done enough to earn the win by the end.
Malaysian fighter Muhammad Meeraj (6-2, 3) came up short against Chase Haley (4-1, 1) in a bout for the UBO InterContinental Light Heavyweight and IBO Meeraj was dropped early but battled back to drop Haley in round 5, though couldn't do enough to gain the win.
In a battle of veterans Tommy Browne (34-6-2, 13) saw off Alexander Bajawa (41-4-4, 14) in 3 rounds, and claimed the UBO International Light Middleweight title. Bajawa was well over the limit here, but even that didn't help against Browne who was too good, too powerful and too strong.
Restoring a bit of Indonesian pride was Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus (25-13-1, 12), who claimed the IBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Cairo George (12-1, 6), despite being deducted a point in round 5 for holding.
In a good competitive Light Heavyweight bout we saw Canadian Ryan Ford (12-0, 7) retain his unbeaten record and defend the UBO Light Heavyweight title with a 7th round technical decision over Robert Berridge (29-7-1, 21), with Berridge being cut by the head clash.
For local fans the big attraction was local star Muhamad Ridhwan (8-0, 7) who shone as he claimed the UBO Super Featherweight title and took a 4th round TKO over the usuually durable Fadhili Majiha (20-9-4, 9). Ridhwan was the naturally bigger fighter here, and that certainly helped him, but credit to all the same and he does appear to be building quite a fan base in Singapore.
(Image courtesy of S odsroi Sawsangvean)
This past Friday saw a rare show in Singapore. It was a card that was put together to show off some of the local talent in the area and was a genuine success, with a rapturous arena. One of our good friends was at the arena and was kind enough to update us on the results, which aren't yet on boxrec.
In one of the bouts Indonesian fighter Sahlan Coral (15-4-1, 8) escaped with a technical draw against promising novice Aziz Abdugafurov (1-0-1, 1). The fight saw Abdugafurov dominate the first round before Coral was caught low in round 2. The low blow left Coral unable to continue and forced the referee to call a premature end to the contest, with an accidental foul being ruled for the low blow. Sadly for the Uzbek it did seem like he was heading for a clear win prior to the ending.
Another bout between an Ubek and an Indonesian saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (7-0, 5) score a clear decision win against the much more experienced Larry Siwu (22-7, 18). Abdugaxorov was in control of this from the start but Siwu did pose some questions to the 22 year old prospect who stepped up and impressed. Although clearly still a novice it does seem like the Uzbek has the potential to go a long way, though will be forced to prove a lot more than he had to here.
Local novice Rafi Majid (2-0, 2) easily beat the debuting Alex Lim (0-1) into submission in the second round of their bout, with Majid, being too big and too strong for Lim.
Another local novice picking up a win was former amateur star Muhamad Ridhwan (3-0, 2), who stopped a game but ultimately outclassed Egy Rozten (4-12-1, 3). Rotzen came to the ring looking for the upset and had some early success before retiring on his stool between rounds 3 and 4, looking exhausted and like a man who had given his all.
In the only title bout on the show Singapore's very own Nurshahidah Roslie (3-0, 1) battered teenager Wondergirl Sithsaithong (0-1) to claim the UBO InterContinental female Super Featherweight title. Sithsaithong looked under-sized and under-powered from the off before being taken apart with body shots in the second round.
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