On Ringstar Management´s huge The Roar Of Singapore II – The Pride Of Singapore promotion at Resorts World Sentosa, undefeated Ridhwan (7-0, 6 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date, Fadhili Majiha (20-8-4, 9 KOs) from Tanzania for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) World Super Featherweight crown.
He is fighting not only for himself, but for all of Singapore, and he has the support of the entire nation when he enters the ring on May 27. When he won the WBA Asia title on April 8, even Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a point to publicly congratulate and praise Ridhwan on social media.
“That meant a lot to me”, said Ridhwan. “At first, when someone told me, I thought it was a joke, but then more people told me and I of course found out that it was not a joke at all.”
“It makes me feel really good that a very important person such as our Prime Minister did that, and it was a big honor.”
Becoming a world champion in only his eighth professional fight, will be a major achievement for Ridhwan, who, on May 27, is only fifteen months removed from his paid debut!
Even though he was an accomplished amateur, winning medals in major competitions, and despite the fact that he has impressed so far in the professional ranks, it takes extraordinary confidence in himself, and from the people around him, to take this major leap this early.
Promoter Scott O´Farrell believes the time is right, saying: “We all believe in Ridhwan. I believe in him, his manager believes in him, and his trainer believes in him. He believes in himself too, but of course he also must deliver in the ring.” “Majiha is of the opinion that he is coming to Singapore to deal with this inexperienced kid in style, so he is not lacking in self-confidence either.”
“I think the people of Singapore has great hopes for Ridhwan, and we think that on May 27 he will make everyone proud.”
But why so soon? According to O´Farrell it is very simple: “Doing something as extraordinary as this, so early in his career, is what will make him one of the biggest sports heroes in Singapore as his career progress. And daring to be great is what really makes a hero”, finishes O´Farrell.
Ridhwan is aware that he will need to get past a very tough opponent in Majiha to accomplish his goal. He took little time off after winning the Asia title in early April, and has since been training hard to make sure he doesn’t disappoint himself, or Singapore.
Said Ridhwan: “I have seen some of his fights on video, and he is a very good fighter. He has fought some of the best around. Tough, technically good, experienced. Our styles will blend very well, and its going to be a great fight.”
While soft-spoken and humble, Ridhwan has no problem expressing his own self-confidence:
“There will be a lot of punches in this fight, and it will not go twelve rounds. Of course I believe I will be the one getting my hands raised, and I will become Singapore´s first professional boxing world champion come May 27!”
*** The Roar Of Singapore II – The Pride Of Singapore on May 27 at Resorts World Sentosa will feature ten championship fights, including four world title fights.
Ridhwan vs. Majia will be one of two headlining bouts, along with Canada’s undefeated UBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (11-0, 7 KOs), defending against Robert Berridge (29-6-1, 21 KOs) from New Zealand.
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