[Press Release] Hamzah Farouk scores first round TKO to lift WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title
SINGAPORE, 1st December 2018 – Singapore has a new regional boxing champion on her hands after Hamzah Farouk knocked out former Asia-Pacific World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion Isack Junior (25-9-3) in the very first round to lift the World Boxing Championship (WBC) Asia Continental Super Featherweight title at the fifth edition of The Ring Fighting Championship (TRFC).
While many expected the title fight to be a long-drawn battle over the full ten rounds, it proved to be the complete opposite with Farouk ending the contest simply after just 1 minute and 2 seconds, after a strong body shot left his experienced Indonesian opponent helpless on the floor.
After earning the biggest win of his career and taking his professional boxing record to 7-0, the 30-year-old said: “I am very happy with this win, because not only am I the WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight Champion, but more importantly I was able to put into practice exactly what we did during training and make it happen exactly the way we visualized it, on top of taking out a quality opponent in the first round. This is a huge step forward for me, but it is still early on in my career. This win will boost my confidence and I look forward to taking another step up in opposition soon and win more belts as we move up the world rankings.”
It was also a night to remember for Kirstie Gannaway after she earned a unanimous decision victory over Indonesia’s Febriyanti Lubis in her professional boxing debut. Gannaway put on a measured performance over all three rounds, smartly assessing every situation in both attack and defense, and proved she has what it takes to make it in the boxing ring, just like how she did in the Mixed Martial Arts cage.
On her victory and what’s ahead, Gannaway remarked: “It was an exciting night entering the professional fighting scene once again, only this time in boxing. It went great, I felt great and was happy to be there. I applied what we’ve been practising with the team and it was a successful night, not only for me but the rest of my team too!
France’s Abdelelah Karroum once again put on a clinical performance to earn his third TKO victory to make it 4-0 since his professional boxing debut earlier this year.
The 25-year-old was calm and composed throughout the contest against his Indonesian opponent HardianSiregar, especially so in the opening round. Karroum then stepped up a gear in the second round, securing an emphatic finish with a flurry of punches that saw Siregar go down for the count.
In addition to the five professional boxing bouts, where there were also wins for comeback kid Rey Caitom Jr.and France’s Medi Boufoudi, there were also five amateur boxing contests on display, all of which were title fights.
In the first bout of the evening, Raihan Ibrahim kicked off TRFC V with a bang, in his match up against Jared Hoon. It was a strong display from Ibrahim, which saw him walk away with the TRFC Men’s Amateur Lightweight title.
Singapore boxer Leona Hui couldn’t hold onto her TRFC Women’s Light Flyweight Title for the third consecutive time, as she relinquished her belt to fellow Singapore boxing teammate Danisha Mathi after an extremely aggressive performance from Mathi.
A dominant performance from The Ring Boxing Community’s (TRBC) Tawee Tong Yu led to a unanimous decision victory over Malaysia’s Lily Rahman, which saw her secure the TRFC Women’s Featherweight title once again after she surrendered her belt in the previous edition of TRFC.
It was what arguably the fight of the night, local boxers Velco Tan and Dhinesh Kumar went toe-to-toe over three rounds, with the former coming out on top to take the TRFC Men’s Amateur Boxing Welterweight title.
Inspired by his brother’s earlier success, Velvan Tan then put on an inspired performance in his rematch against Helal Jr. to wrestle back the TRFC Men’s Amateur Light Welterweight belt from his Egyptian opponent.
It was yet another terrific display of boxing on both the amateur and professional front at TRBC as it hosted the fifth edition of TRFC, which is sanctioned by the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC). There were a total of 450 attendees present at TRFC V – the largest audience to date at a TRFC event.
Mr. Ruchdi Hajjar, founder of Golden Glove Asia Promotions and TRBC, added: “This event showcased all the best values boxing have to offer – passion, performance, integrity and success – and all surrounded by a strong boxing community. Yesterday, we witnessed fantastic performances from both elite and amateur boxers from Singapore and beyond. At TRBC, we are constantly engineering and designing the future of boxing and hope to make Singapore proud and offer fans the very best that boxing has to offer.”
For more information about TRFC or any of TRBC’s events, visit www.thering.sg.
Press release - Biggest Challenge for Hamzah Farouk yet as he battles for WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title
SINGAPORE, 23rd November 2018 – Come next week at the fifth edition of The Ring Fighting Championship (TRFC), Singapore may have a new regional boxing champion on its hands.
Happening at The Ring Boxing Community on 30th November 2018, Hamzah Farouk will look to maintain his unblemished boxing record as he takes on former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion Isack Junior (25-9-3), for the World Boxing Championship (WBC) Asia Continental Super Featherweight title, in the main event of the night.
Despite both fighters being the same age (30), Junior has more than 30 additional fights under his belt. Despite that, Farouk is confident he’ll be able to take his record to 7-0 and walk away with the title and the biggest win of his career.
Farouk remarked: “It’s definitely a big step up for me in opposition and a good test for me. I've been working really hard for this fight. I've watched countless videos of him on YouTube. Even though he is much more experienced than me, I do not see anything in his game that can really trouble me in the fight. God willing, my team and I will come out victorious next Friday, win the WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title, and take my career to a whole new level!”
Another boxer to look out for at TRFCV is France’s Abdelelah Karroum, who’s made it three consecutive wins in his boxing career since turning professional earlier this year.
After dominant displays in his past three fights, the 25-year-old was set to face a sterner test at the Roar of Singapore V against Malaysia’s Keng Fai Hui in September. Unfortunately, he had to pull out of the contest due to an elbow injury sustained during training.
Karroum is now ready to go again and make it 4-0 against Indonesia’s Hardian Siregar, who’s a heavy hitter and has recorded 6 KOs so far in his professional boxing career. Should he overcome his opponent, big things are in store for Karroum in 2019.
Karroum added: “I went through a stage which all top athletes have to face. My injury put me out for more than two months and allowed me to question my place in my career. I know I’m young, but I don’t want to waste any time! I will come back on November 30th, more disciplined and determined than never to take the win!
Despite only having two amateur fights to her name, former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Atomweight Champion Kirstie Gannaway is ready to jump into the professional boxing arena, following months of dedicated training under the watchful eye of her team.
It promises to be an enthralling contest as Gannaway matches up against Indonesia’s Febriyanti Lubis, who has 3 fights under her belt since her debut last year.
Just like how Gannaway made a name for herself in the MMA ring, she plans on doing the same in the boxing ring and commented: “I’ve had the chance to showcase some of my grappling skills in the cage. Since last year, I’ve been working on my striking game like never before. Now it will be time to put those skills to the test in the ring.”
TRFC V promises to be the biggest boxing contest staged at The Ring Boxing Community to date, with a total of ten fights on display throughout the night – five professional and five amateur boxing bouts. Furthermore, on the amateur front, four of the five bouts will be title fights.
TRFC is sanctioned by the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC).
For more information about TRFC or any of TRBC’s events, visit www.thering.sg
About Golden Glove Asia Promotions
Golden Glove Asia Promotions is a full-fledged sports promotions and media content company, providing a vibrant and dedicated fight platform for professional and amateur fighters to excel in.
Upcoming and top performing fighters from all around the region will be given the opportunity to fight on a regional and international platform, while amateur fighters from The Ring Fighting Championship and other leagues will be able to kick-start their professional career and advance into the professional fight scene.
Ho Chi Minh City – Monday, October 22, 2018
Vietnam has named an imposing line up for their battle with a crack Australian squad at the Victory 8 Fight Night in HCMC November 3rd. The Vietnam Boxing Federation (VBF), which administer to the successful running of the amateur version of the sport, have managed to lure some of the most talented boxers in the country for this historic event to be conducted under professional rules.
Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by local promoter VSP Boxing. “We are super excited by the depth of talent in this Vietnam team, which have a huge challenge in store against an International squad loaded with national amateur and professional champions.” Headlining for Australia will be unbeaten wunderkid Mateo Tapia and 3x world champion Gretchen Abaniel. VSP Boxing spokesman Mr. Lim Song said it was a major coup to secure boxers of such high calibre and bring them to the country for the first time. “I’m a huge fan of Tapia and Abaniel. I have seen Gretchen Abaniel fight live in China and Korea and she hits fast and hard! Mateo Tapia is a freak. To do what he has done and he’s only 20 is quite amazing. He is definitely world class potential.”
Gretchen Abaniel matches up with national champion Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi whilst Mateo Tapia faces dangerous SEA Games winner Truong Dinh Huong in the main event. To add to the interest that these two showdowns are already creating, and in recognition of the task facing the local fighters, VSP Boxing has placed a bounty on the heads of the Aussie stars. “VSP Boxing is offering 400,000,00 dong ($20,000USD) to the Vietnamese warriors if they can conquer their opponents in these two bouts. This is the biggest prize ever offered in Vietnam, and believe me, we are more than happy to pay it!”
The Australian team will fly to Saigon next Tuesday in early preparation for the Victory 8 Fight Night. The talented young boxers are under the expert tutelage of Tony Del Vecchio and Tommy Mercuri. The two trainers are amongst the most respected in the industry. Del Vecchio won a world title in Japan recently with stable star TJ Doheny, whilst Mercuri is former trainer of international star Lenny Zappavigna. When told of the bounty placed on his top fighters’ heads, Del Vecchio was unfazed. “We train hard, and we train our fighters to be champions. All these kids have skills – and they all know how to dig deep and go to war! Don’t get me wrong, we are extremely excited to see Vietnam for the first time and we know the big challenge that lies ahead.” When questioned on the subject of the Vietnamese opponents he was circumspect “The job of coach Tommy Mercuri and myself is to give each of our team a solid preparation and game plan. We don’t want to elaborate publicly on the perceived strengths and weaknesses of our opponents. I will say this though, from what i have seen, the Viet fighters are very strong and exciting to watch.” But when pushed on the topic, and asked had he been impressed by any members of this Vietnam team he offered “Clearly Truong Dinh Hoang and Nguyen This Tam are quality. TDH is a smart boxer that has timing, great chin and heavy hands. Nguyen Thi Tam medalled at ASIAD then won well in Budapest. She is fast and has a great work rate. But this Nguyen Van Duong – man, this kid has got me worried!” Tommy Mercuri interjected “ Nguyen Van Duong is dangerous. The kid is 56kg and is a beast! He is fast, he is strong – he can easily go pro! In fact I will go as far to say, if Vietnam legalises professional boxing, Nguyen Van Duong is maybe the hottest talent in the country!” High praise indeed from two world class trainers.
Victory 8 Saigon Fight Night will be shown live on HTV digital in Vietnam, and streamed internationally by Epicentre TV. http://www.epicentre.tv/events/victory-8-saigon-fight-night/
The full fight card for the event held at the Nguyen Du Stadium on Saturday November 3rd is:
Jayden Buan v Pham Duc Doan
Jye Lane Taylor v Nguyen Ngoc Hai
Tommy Mercuri v Vu Than Dat
Mickey Pengue v Tran Duc Tho
Gretchen Abaniel v Nguyen Thi Thu Nhi
Kamil Syed v Nguyen Van Duong
Linn Sandstrom v Nguyen Thi Tam
Mateo Tapia v Truong Dinh Hoang
Press Release: SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI RETAINS WBC SUPER FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER IRAN DIAZ
PLUS: STAMP FAIRTEX EARNS ONE KICKBOXING ATOMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER KAI TING CHUANG
ALSO: SHINYA AOKI SUBMITS EV TING IN 57 SECONDS
6 October 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand:
The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), hosted the biggest martial arts spectacle in the history of Thailand as the best and the brightest from boxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing gathered under one banner to celebrate Asia’s greatest cultural treasure. ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES left an indelible legacy with 14 heart-pumping martial arts contests, punctuated by ONE Championship’s first-ever world-class boxing match that pitted two of the best super flyweight boxers in the world today. In the main event, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand dominated Mexico’s Iran Diaz over the course of 12 rounds to retain the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship. Meanwhile, hometown favorite Stamp Fairtex defeated Kai Ting Chuang of Chinese Taipei to capture the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship in front of her hometown crowd.
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In the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, Thai boxing superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai sent the crowd into a rapturous chorus of cheers by clinching a unanimous decision win over Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz to retain the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship. Banking on his heavy hands and southpaw stance, Srisaket persistently hammered the taller Diaz with hard body shots from the opening bell. The consistent attack to the midsection paid dividends for Srisaket in the later rounds as Diaz dropped his defensive guard, prompting the Thai boxer to increase his offense that had his opponent reeling inside the ring. In the championship rounds, Srisaket unleashed a series of power shots, but Diaz amazingly withstood the blitz of punches from the hometown hero. In the end, the three judges unanimously awarded the victory in favor of Srisaket with the scores of 119-109, 120-108 and 119-109.
In the co-main event of the evening, Thailand’s own Stamp Fairtex turned in a debut to remember as she dethroned “Killer Bee” Kai Ting Chuang via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion. Beaming with confidence, Stamp used her range and movement to outstrike her counterpart throughout the fast-paced five-round contest. A flurry of strikes in the fifth round sealed the victory for Stamp, who takes home the prestigious title belt in only her first appearance on the ONE Super Series stage.
Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki made his case for a shot at the coveted ONE Lightweight World Championship with resounding clarity, submitting New Zealand-based Malaysian sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting in a title eliminator. From the get-go, Aoki immediately looked for a takedown and managed to effortlessly execute one against Ting’s will. On the canvas, Aoki smoothly passed Ting’s guard and locked in a deep arm triangle to put the Malaysian to sleep, clinching the victory in just 57 seconds.
Muay Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao put on a striking clinic in front of his home crowd as he punished ISKA and WBC World Champion Mehdi Zatout of France to earn a unanimous decision victory over three rounds in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai showdown. Nong-O weathered a spirited opening round from Zatout to impose his will and dominate the Frenchman with powerful kicks and precise elbows. After three rounds of action, Nong-O was declared the winner before the jubilant Thai fans inside the Impact Arena.
Nigeria’s Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani scored the biggest win of his kickboxing career, defeating Dutch kickboxing legend Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer via split decision in a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest. Njokuani and Souwer figured in a thrilling three-round affair as the two highly-experienced strikers went toe-to-toe, exchanging impactful blows and blistering combinations. After nine minutes of action, it was Njokuani who won on two of the three judges’ scorecards, emerging victorious in his ONE Super Series debut.
Tajikistan martial arts phenom Muin Gafurov made an astounding return to the most prestigious stage of global martial arts competition with a statement victory, knocking out top contender Leandro “Brodinho” Issa of Brazil in the first round. Gafurov turned the lights out on Issa with a thunderous right hand to keep his remarkable 100-percent finishing rate intact. His impressive performance earned him the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night.
In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing bout, Hong Kong-based Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Cameroon and Andre “The Giant” Meunier of Australia battled to a No-Contest (NC) ruling after an inadvertent low blow rendered Ngalani unable to continue. Merely seconds into round two, Meunier threw a knee that accidentally landed low on Ngalani, forcing a pause in the action. Moments later, it was revealed that Ngalani could no longer continue, bringing the contest to an abrupt and unfortunate end.
Three-time IFMA Champion Alaverdi Ramazanov of Russia stunned the partisan Thai crowd after edging out hometown favorite Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai via unanimous decision in their ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. From the opening bell, Ramazanov applied relentless pressure on Petchmorrakot as he outstruck and outworked the former Lumpinee Stadium World Champion with fiery combinations. Petchmorrakot effectively utilized his patented elbow strikes to fend off his opponent’s advances, but it was not enough to sway the attention of the three judges at ringside as Ramazanov emerged triumphant on their scorecards after three rounds of back-and-forth action.
Japanese grappling wizard Hayato Suzuki established his first winning streak in ONE Championship, pulling off a second-round submission victory over Robin Catalan of the Philippines. Right off the bat, Suzuki took matters to the mat and grinded out his Filipino opponent with his elite wrestling. Suzuki eventually sealed the deal in the second round as he fastened a wrenching rear naked choke to force the tap.
In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest, Muay Thai legend Singtongnoi Por Telakun of the Evolve Fight Team turned in a tremendous striking performance to defeat promotional newcomer Masahide Kudo of Japan. Behind pinpoint combinations and powerful kicks, Singtongnoi was confident of victory in the face of an aggressive opponent. A gruelling three round affair would end with all three judges scoring in favor of the 38-year-old former Lumpinee Stadium and WMC Muay Thai World Champion Singtongnoi.
Hometown favorite Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige of Thailand is back in the winner’s circle, following an impressive technical knockout victory over Bozhena “Toto” Antoniyar of Myanmar in the first round. Ishige had to overcome a fierce offensive from Antoniyar to start off, but once she was able to take the action to the ground, Ishige quickly took the back. From back mount position, Ishige began to unload elbows and punches until the referee called a halt to the contest.
In a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest, Muay Thai superstar Petchdam Kaiyanghadao of Thailand made quick work of Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse of China, putting together a devastating showcase of his piston-like left roundhouse kick for fans in attendance. After a brief feeling out period, Petchdam began to unload his strongest weapon at will, and turned the lights out on Tse after he connected on one just over a minute into the bout.
China’s Fu Chang Xin turned in an impressive grappling performance, defeating Cambodia’s Rin Saroth in just two rounds. The Kun Khmer stylist Saroth tried to make it a standup contest early, but Fu used his grappling skills and took the action to the mat where he sunk in a deep rear naked choke to finish Saroth in the second round.
Setting the tone for an action-packed evening was a flyweight encounter between Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales of the Philippines and Dodi “Maung” Mardian of Indonesia. Driven to claim his second-straight victory on the ONE Championship stage, Gonzales put Mardian to sleep with a rear naked choke in the first round.
Official results for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES
WBC Super Flyweight World Championship Bout bout: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defeats Iran Diaz by Unanimous Decision (119-109, 120-108, 119-109) after 12 rounds
ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Kai Ting Chuang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Lightweight bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Ev Ting by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 0:57 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Lightweight bout: Anthony Njokuani defeats Andy Souwer by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
Catch Weight bout (67.4kgs): Muin Gafurov defeats Leandro Issa by Knockout (KO) at 2:24 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani vs. Andre Meunier ends in a No Contest (NC)
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Alaverdi Ramazanov defeats Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai by Unanimous Decision (UD)
Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Robin Catalan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:42 minutes of round 2
ONE Super Series Kickboxing Flyweight bout: Singtongnoi Por Telakun defeats Masahide Kudo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s Atomweight bout: Rika Ishige defeats Bozhena Antoniyar by Technical Knockout (TKO) at 2:48 minutes of round 1
ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Petchdam Kaiyanghadao defeats Kenny Tse by Knockout (KO) at 1:26 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Fu Chang Xin defeats Rin Saroth by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:04 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Ramon Gonzales defeats Dodi Mardian by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:33 minutes of round 1
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Ho Chi Minh City – Monday, September 3, 2018
In what as seen as a major coup for the sport of Boxing in the country, Vietnam will play host to some of Australia’s best young prospects later this year. Development company Vietnam Sports Platform (VSP) today announced that they will promote an International event in Ho Chi Minh City on November 3rd, pitting promising fighters from Vietnam against top amateurs and pros from down under.
Banned for a number of years after the end of the Vietnam War, and only made legal in recent times, interest in boxing is on a rapid trajectory in this part of Asia. Whilst the sport currently enjoys amateur status, the November 3rd event in HCMC is seen as a forerunner to bigger events in 2019, and a decided step toward professional boxing in the country.
Lim Song from VSP enthused “We are a company dedicated to the development of sports in Vietnam. This is a country of very rich traditions, but it also has an overwhelming presence of youth and optimism, with a love of sports and big events. We are quite excited by the potential of the young boxers here, and we are working hard to give them every opportunity to succeed both locally and abroad”.
The event on November 3rd will take place at the Nguyen Du Stadium in HCMC. It is proposed to be an 8 fight card including two female bouts. Matches will be of various weight classes ranging from Minimum weight through to Super Middleweight, and all fights will be fought under professional rules and the 10 point must scoring system. All fights will be contested over four rounds.
“We have been working overtime with the local Boxing federation (VBF) as well as local HCMC officials to make this event a reality. I am presently negotiating with Australia to ensure that we get top class fighters and I am confident that I will have some big news to share on that front in the coming days. VSP is also building a world class boxing facility here with the help of the Vietnam Boxing Federation. We will conduct a press conference in the coming weeks once to make an announcement regarding the opening date, but we expect it will be around November also. There are certainly very exciting times ahead, and we see a big future for the sport of Boxing here in Vietnam”
‘Victory 8’ will go down at the Nguyen Du Stadium HCMC Vietnam on November 3rd 2018.
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