By Gerald Hartup Jnr
Muhamad Ridhwan entered the ring to the disco classic Staying Alive by the Bee Gees and sporting a very fancy new pair of boxing shorts. Very soon afterwards he left the ring with a big smile on his face and a gorgeous new belt wrapped around his waist. He put on a masterful display and it gives me great pleasure to write – Singapore has a WBA Asia Super Featherweight champion!
He has been chosen
It took just under two rounds for the boxer known as The Chosen Wan to make the belt his. He went about his business efficiently and ruthlessly, getting the job done quickly.
Waldo Sabu of Indonesia started gamely and came to make a real bid for the strap. He was trying to land big looping overhand lefts and right hooks throwing them with bad intentions but the local fighters defense was too good to be troubled by this.
The key to victory was Ridhwan’s successful work on the inside and at middle distance. Hooks, uppercuts and bodywork were doing accumulating damage. The Indonesian opponent was being broken down and had no answer to these more compact, accurate and telling attacks.
In liver shots we trust
The 29 year old Singaporean gym owner throws a beautiful left hook to the body and he had a lot of success landing these in the fight. In the immediate lead up to the stoppage Ridhwan landed a peach of a liver shot which seemed to soften up Sabu. This was followed up by a flurry of head shots before the Indonesian took a knee. He then rolled around, on both knees with his hands on the ropes for support and was not able to answer the referees ten count. Ridhwan had won. Cue huge celebrations from the passionate and noisy crowd packed with TCW supporters.
Solving the southpaw-vinci code
The Chosen Wan passed his test against a southpaw opponent with flying colours. His control of distance, footwork, timing and countering all looked fantastic. When the Indonesian opponent launched an attack, Ridhwan frequently had him off balance, punching thin air and looking wild. “Make them miss and make them pay” is the old adage and Ridhwan did that superbly.
Credit is also due to Ridhwan’s coach, Filipino Rey Caitom Jnr for devising the tactics and game plan that was so smoothly executed.
Can Box. Have belt.
The Yishun slugger made a big statement with this title win. The punching power and accuracy on show was a joy to witness. He was almost punch perfect in his performance and won in style with yet another exciting stoppage. His ranking should receive a major boost from this success.
With this win Ridhwan improves his record to 7-0 (6 KOs). He will be fighting again on the 27th of May against Tanzanias Pan African WBA Champion Fadhili Majiha for the UBO World Super Featherweight title. This fight will be under Scott O’Farrells Ringstar Management promotional banner.
Elsewhere on the boxing section of the card Singapore had a good night. Local boxers Rafi Majid now 5-0 (5 KOs) and Nurshahidah Roslie now 6-1 (3 KOs) both won via stoppage. Alexandrew David won on points and is now 3-0 (1 KO). Also Filipino Jun Telape showed a vast array of skills making a successful comeback outpointing his opponent after a six year absence from the ring in an entertaining bout.
Congratulations to Arvind Lalwani the promoter behind SFC for putting on and arranging the event. Fight fans in attendance saw competitive bouts, good matchups and enjoyed a great atmosphere. It is excellent to see local fighters getting such a platform to develop and showcase their skills on.