Earlier today in Singapore local fans saw Hamzah Farouk (10-0, 7) score the most notable win of his career, stopping Indonesian teenager Reynold Kundimang (8-2-3, 2) to claim the OPBF "silver" Super Featherweight title.
The bout was relatively competitive through the first 3 rounds, with a good back and forth, and was genuinely a lot more even than many would have expected given how often Indonesian look out of their depth on the road.
Sadly though for the teenage visitor his resistance came undone in round 4 as Farouk began to find Kundimang's chin with regularity, dropping the aggressive youngster with a series of big right hands. Kundimang was unable to avoid the shots and was dropped from a series of head shots, before being counted out.
Despite the loss we were really impressed by the youngster and would love to see more of him. As for Farouk he now, in theory, sets up a fight against the winner of next week's fight between current OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] and Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光]
[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.
Press Release-Bright Future for Hamzah Farouk as He Earns Sixth Straight Professional Boxing Victory at The Ring Fighting Championship IV
SINGAPORE, 30th June 2018 – Hamzah Farouk extended his winning fight streak to 6-0, with yet another commanding performance at the fourth edition of The Ring Fighting Championship (TRFC) IV, knocking out his Indonesian opponent Ramly Pasaribu in the second round.
Farouk dominated the Super Featherweight contest right from the get go, before ending it with the fourth TKO of his career when he landed a flurry of strong right fists on his opponent’s face a minute and nine seconds into the second round, which left his 31-year-old opponent dazed on the floor.
After yet another notable victory, the 29-year-old Golden Glove Asia Promotions (GGAP) boxer, who is also a boxing coach at The Ring Boxing Community (TRBC), delightedly said: “It was a good fight. Ramly came to compete but I trained hard for this and visualized the punches I could knock him out with. I studied his fights and knew exactly which punches he was vulnerable to. We trained for it, and executed it perfectly. I am happy we got the victory, and I feel I am now ready to take a step up in opposition and pit myself against better fighters.”
Following his impressive exploits in the boxing ring, the on-looking World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Boxing Council (ABC) Executive Secretary Col. Damrong Simakajornboon then went on to suggest there’s a strong likelihood Farouk will get a chance to compete for the vacant WBC Asia Continental Super Featherweight title.
Another boxer with a bright future is France’s Abdelelah Karroum, who too put on a masterful display to earn his second TKO victory, and made it three consecutive wins since his professional boxing debut earlier this year.
The 25-year-old was steady throughout the match-up with his Indonesian challenger Benny Tamaela, smartly assessing every situation and putting in strong counterpunches before landing a huge body shot towards the end of the second round, which took Tamaela out of the contest.
After yet another dominant display, Karroum will now face a sterner test when he takes on Malaysia’s Keng Fai Hui at the Roar of Singapore V on 29 September 2018, to challenge for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Oceania Welterweight Title.
In the main event of the evening, Muhammad Ridhwan ended the night on a high when he made easy work of his Indonesian competitor Rivo Rengkung by knocking him out in two minutes and 14 seconds into the second round.
On his victory, the 11-0 professional boxer remarked, “The fight went according to plan. We know we needed to get the knockout so we went there and created opportunities to get the knockout and we did it in the second round.”
Next up for Ridhwan is a challenge for the vacant IBO World Super Bantamweight title at the Roar of Singapore V, against Thailand’s vastly experienced Pipat Chaiporn, who has 58 bouts under his belt.
Besides the eight professional boxing bouts on show, there were also three amateur boxing match-ups, which were TRFC Amateur Title defenses for Leona Hui, Velvan Tan and Tawee Yu.
It was a tightly contested affair in all three title challenges, with only Hui managing to hold on to her TRFC Amateur Women’s Light Flyweight title.
In the other two title challenges, Singapore national boxer Nur Sabrina battled hard over the three rounds to take the TRFC Amateur Women’s Featherweight title from Yu, while undefeated boxer Helal Jr. wrestled the TRFC Amateur Men’s Light Welterweight title from Tan.
Growth for Boxing in Singapore and Asia
It was once again a great night at TRBC as it hosted the fourth edition of TRFC, which is sanctioned by the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association (SABA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC), where there were a total of 370 attendees.
Mr. Ruchdi Hajjar, founder of GGAP and TRBC, added: “With every TRFC event, we want to make it better and impactful, and showcase what boxing has to offer to everyone! Besides staging boxing shows, we’re determined to build the calibre of our boxers under GGAP, such as Farouk and Karroum, and unveil their brave hearts and talent in Singapore and beyond!”
There are three GGAP events lined up for the second half of 2018 – TRFC Elite Amateurs on 7th September, the first edition of TRFC Bangkok on 19th October, and TRFC V on 30th November.
For more information about TRFC or any of TRBC’s events, visit www.thering.sg
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