Under the supervision of legendary club trainer Otis Pimpleton, Ridhwan will be spending 26 days in intensive training at the Mayweather Boxing Club this August. The 30-year old will undergo a punishing twice-daily routine consisting of sparring, pad work, and heavy bag endurance as he looks to hone technique, cardio-vascular fitness, strength and endurance ahead of the 20th October clash.
Founded by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Roger Mayweather, the club is more than a vanity project for the family that has left such an indelible mark on the sport of boxing; it has been home to some of the biggest names in boxing over the years including Gervonta “The One” Davis and Badou Jack “The Ripper”, who have benefited from the intensive training routines in the arid Nevada desert conditions. And with Floyd Mayweather – widely recognized to be one of the greatest boxers of all time – in residence ahead of his fight against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, the gym will certainly not be short of star power.
Ridhwan is relishing the opportunity to train among such esteemed company. He said:
“There’s no question that it’s going to be the toughest training routine I’ve ever put myself through, but I’m really looking forward to it. For 26 days, I can be one hundred percent focused on what I’ve got to do and getting myself into the best possible physical and mental shape ahead of the fight. You just can’t get that kind of intensity in the gym at home so it’ll be a great experience and hopefully I’ll return in a month’s time with an additional edge.” Meanwhile fight promoter Ringstar Management announced two additional IBO title fights at The Roar of Singapore III, which will take place on 20th October 2017 at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre.
New Zealander Chase Haley (6 Bouts, 5 Victories, 1 Defeat, 2 Knockouts) will be looking to defend his IBO Oceania Light Heavyweight title against Malaysia’s Mirage ‘Miracle’ Khan (8 Bouts, 6 Victories, 2 Defeats, 3 Knockouts) over ten rounds that is sure to attract plenty of local support from across the causeway.
The final IBO title fight on the nine-fight card will see compatriot and current UBO Asia-Pacific Champion ‘The Mean Machine’ Keng Fai Hui of Malaysia (3 Bouts, 3 Victories, 3 Knockouts) challenge Indonesia’s Rocky Irawan Sikumbang (10 Bouts, 6 Victories, 4 Defeats, 2 Knockouts) for the vacant IBO Oceania Welterweight title.
Speaking about Ridhwan’s training and the Roar of Singapore III, CEO and Founder of Ringstar Management, Scott Patrick Farrell said: “Ridhwan is already Singapore’s most successful boxer in history but he has the potential to go a lot further and we want to make sure he is in the best possible shape for the title fight in October. The reputation of the Mayweather Boxing Club speaks for itself and it will be a step up in terms of intensity from anything that Ridhwan has put himself through before. It will be a great experience for him.”
“The Roar of Singapore III is coming together very well. Today we announced two more IBO title fights on the nine-fight card and there are further announcements to come. We look forward to staging a first-class international event and putting Singapore on the world map of boxing,” added Farrell.
Sanctioned by the International Boxing Organization (IBO), The Roar of Singapore III will take place on Friday, 20th October 2017 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Tickets to The Roar of Singapore III are available for purchase from SISTIC, with tickets priced from S$28 each. For further information, please visit http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/TCW1017 or call the Ticketing Hotline on +65 6348 5555. Get the latest announcements at www.ringstar-boxing.com and follow Ridhwan’s progress at the Mayweather Boxing Club at www.facebook.com/ringstarboxing and on Twitter and Instagram at @ringstarboxing."
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